Find out more about the greatest ice hockey players, including Wayne Gretzky, Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Maurice Richard and Mario Lemieux

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.

Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
(Canadian)

T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
(American)
P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)
Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
(Canadian)

Henrik SedinHenrik Sedin
(Swedish)
Mike ComrieMike Comrie
(Canadian)
Daniel SedinDaniel Sedin
(Swedish)

Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
(Russian)
Filip ForsbergFilip Forsberg
(Swedish)
Mike BabcockMike Babcock
(Canadian)

Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)
Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
(Canadian)

Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
(Canadian)
Erik KarlssonErik Karlsson
(Swedish)
Evgeny KuznetsovEvgeny Kuznetsov
(Russian)

Gordie HoweGordie Howe
(Canadian)
Paul MauricePaul Maurice
(Canadian)
Blake WheelerBlake Wheeler
(American)

Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
(Canadian)
Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
(Canadian)
Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
(Canadian)

Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton
(Canadian)
Evander KaneEvander Kane
(Canadian)
Taylor HallTaylor Hall
(Canadian)

Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Finnish)
Bobby HullBobby Hull
(Canadian)
Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
(Canadian)

Patrice BergeronPatrice Bergeron
(Canadian)
Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
(Swedish)
Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Finnish)

Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)
Pekka RinnePekka Rinne
(Finnish)
Tim HortonTim Horton
(Canadian)

Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
(Canadian)
Pavel BurePavel Bure
(Russian)
Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)

Max DomiMax Domi
(Canadian)
Brent BurnsBrent Burns
(Canadian)
Chris KunitzChris Kunitz
(Canadian)

Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
(Canadian)
Eric LindrosEric Lindros
(Canadian)
Joe SakicJoe Sakic
(Canadian)

Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
(Canadian)
Mark MessierMark Messier
(Canadian)
John TortorellaJohn Tortorella
(American)

Brett HullBrett Hull
(Canadian)
Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
(Swedish)
Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
(Canadian)

Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
(Russian)
Carey PriceCarey Price
(Canadian)
Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
(Canadian)

Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
(Russian)
Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
(Canadian)
Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
(Canadian)

Mats SundinMats Sundin
(Swedish)
Sean AverySean Avery
(Canadian)
Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
(Canadian)

Barry MelroseBarry Melrose
(Canadian)
Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
(Canadian)
Ray BourqueRay Bourque
(Canadian)

Bruce BoudreauBruce Boudreau
(Canadian)
Drew DoughtyDrew Doughty
(Canadian)
Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
(Canadian,German)

Tie DomiTie Domi
(Canadian)
Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
(Canadian)
Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
(Canadian)

Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
(Canadian)
Milan LucicMilan Lucic
(Canadian)
Marty McSorleyMarty McSorley
(Canadian)

Steve MontadorSteve Montador
(Canadian)
James van RiemsdykJames van Riemsdyk
(American)
Victor HedmanVictor Hedman
(Swedish)

Jordin TootooJordin Tootoo
(Canadian)
Cam NeelyCam Neely
(Canadian)
Vincent LecavalierVincent Lecavalier
(Canadian)

Curtis JosephCurtis Joseph
(Canadian)
Shea WeberShea Weber
(Canadian)
Aribert HeimAribert Heim
(Austrian,German)

Anže KopitarAnže Kopitar
(Slovenian)
Jarret StollJarret Stoll
(Canadian)
Eric StaalEric Staal
(Canadian)

Nicklas LidströmNicklas Lidström
(Swedish)
Vladimir KonstantinovVladimir Konstantinov
(American,Russian)
Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
(Russian)

Wayne SimmondsWayne Simmonds
(Canadian)
Chris ProngerChris Pronger
(Canadian)
Scott StevensScott Stevens
(Canadian)