Ice Hockey Players

Fans of ice hockey would definitely agree that it is such an interesting sport to watch, especially when the likes of Wayne Douglas Gretzky, Alexander Ovechkin, and Sidney Crosby are battling it out on the field! Though played across several countries, ice hockey is most popular in Canada where it is considered the official national winter sport. Thus, it comes as no surprise that some of the best known ice hockey players like George Abel, Martin Brodeur, Charline Labonté, and Kim St-Pierre hailed from the nation. Ice hockey, as a sport, is believed to have evolved in the 18th and 19th century United Kingdom before spreading to other countries. Canadian lawyer and athlete James George Aylwin Creighton is credited with popularising the sport in Canadian cities while American industrialist Malcolm Greene Chace is said to have pioneered the sport of ice hockey in the United States. Over the past few decades, the sport has become increasingly popular in the Nordic countries as well. Check out this section to know more about some of the greatest ice hockey players.

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 1 Wayne Gretzky

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: January 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian
Nicknamed "The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion and a six-time All-Star record-breaker. The Hockey Hall of Fame inductee played for four NHL teams from 1979 to 1999, was the leading scorer in NHL history, and served as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.

 2 Sidney Crosby

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: August 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian professional ice hockey player Sidney Crosby is the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, he made his professional debut in 2005. Immediately rising to stardom, he has continued to impress the audience with his powerful gameplay.

 3 Alexander Ovechkin

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian

Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian ice hockey player who currently captains the Washington Capitals, a popular team which competes in the National Hockey League (NHL). Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Alexander Ovechkin has won prestigious awards, such as the Rocket Richard Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, and Calder Memorial Trophy.

 4 Jaromír Jágr

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: February 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Czech

 5 P. K. Subban

P. K. Subban
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: May 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

P.K. Subban is a Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays as a defenceman for the NHL's New Jersey Devils. In 2013, Subban was adjudged the NHL's top defenceman and was honored with the Norris Trophy. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Subban promised in 2015 that he would help raise $10 million by 2022 for the Montreal Children's Hospital. 

 6 Valeri Bure

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American, Russian

Valeri Bure is a former ice hockey player who played for popular teams in the National Hockey League. In 1991, he became the first Russian to play in the Western Hockey League. An important ex-member of the Russian men's national ice hockey team, Bure helped his nation win silver and a bronze at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics respectively.

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 7 Connor McDavid

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: January 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian ice hockey player Connor McDavid currently serves as the captain of the NHL team Edmonton Oilers. The two-time Art Ross Trophy-winning player became the youngest NHL captain and has won the gold at the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championships, the 2015 Junior Championships, and the 2013 U-18 Championships.

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 8 Gordie Howe

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian
Died: June 10, 2016
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 9 Auston Matthews

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: September 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 10 Brooks Laich

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: June 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Canadian former ice-hockey player Brooks Laich is known for his successful stints with NHL teams such as the Ottawa Senators and the Los Angeles Kings. He also won a silver medal for Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championships. He is associated with charities related to autism and multiple sclerosis.
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 11 Mario Lemieux

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Famous As: Former Ice Hockey Star
Birthdate: October 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian former professional ice hockey player Mario Lemieux spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing parts of 17 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons. A gifted playmaker and fast skater, he is considered to be one of the best players of all time. With a 0.754 career goals-per-game average, he ranks second in NHL history, behind only Mike Bossy.

 12 Mike Comrie

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: September 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian
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 13 Don Cherry

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Famous As: Sports commentator
Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

 14 Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: November 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 15 Dion Phaneuf

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: April 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

 16 Marc-André Fleury

Marc-André Fleury
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: November 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian
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 17 Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: July 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Canadian–American–Swiss ice-hockey player Joe Thornton, or “Jumbo Joe,” currently plays for the NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs. He previously played for the San Jose Sharks and the Boston Bruins. He is one of 13 players with 1,000 NHL assists and also won an Olympic gold for Canada.

 18 Jarret Stoll

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: June 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
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 19 T. J. Oshie

T. J. Oshie
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: December 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 20 Tim Horton

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian
Died: February 21, 1974
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 21 Nathan West

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 22 Jonathan Toews

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: April 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

Chicago Blackhawks captain and three-time Stanley Cup-winning ice-hockey player Jonathan Toews became the second-youngest NHL captain ever, at 20. Known as Captain Serious, he is not the one to be found in the middle of any controversy. He was named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players list in 2017.

 23 Carey Price

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: August 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

Carey Price is a Canadian ice hockey goaltender. Currently an important member of the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL, Price is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalies in Montreal Canadiens history. Also regarded as one of the world's best goaltenders, Carey Price helped the Canadian national ice hockey team win a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

 24 Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
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 25 Henrik Lundqvist

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Swedish

 26 Martin Brodeur

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: May 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
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 27 Eric Lindros

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: February 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 28 Sheldon Souray

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
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 29 Mike Babcock

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: April 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 30 John Scott

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Famous As: ice hockey player
Birthdate: September 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 31 Steve Yzerman

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: May 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 32 Evgeni Malkin

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: July 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Russian
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 33 Brett Hull

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

 34 Sean Avery

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Famous As: Ice hockey player, Model, Restaurateur
Birthdate: April 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian
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 35 Ilya Kovalchuk

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: April 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian

 36 Mark Messier

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian
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 37 Bob Probert

Bob Probert
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: June 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian
Died: July 5, 2010

Bob Probert was a Canadian ice hockey player who played as a forward throughout his career. Most of his achievements as a player were overshadowed by his reputation of being a fighter inside the rink as well as his off-ice antics and brushes with the law. He also supported aspiring hockey players and often bought match tickets for underprivileged children.

 38 Erik Karlsson

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: May 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Swedish

Erik Karlsson is a Swedish ice hockey player who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks of the NHL. An important member of the Sweden men's national team, Karlsson was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He also helped his national team win the bronze medal at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

 39 Ray Emery

Ray Emery
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 40 Dustin Byfuglien

Dustin Byfuglien
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 41 Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: November 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 42 Patrick Marleau

Patrick Marleau
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: September 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

 43 John Tortorella

John Tortorella
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: June 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 44 Chris Chelios

Chris Chelios
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Famous As: Ice hockey Player
Birthdate: January 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 45 Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Russian

 46 Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: June 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 47 Bobby Hull

Bobby Hull
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

 48 Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Fedorov
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: December 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Russian

 49 Teemu Selänne

Teemu Selänne
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Finnish

 50 Johnny Gaudreau

Johnny Gaudreau
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: August 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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