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.

Valeri Bure Valeri Bure
American, Russian
Carey Price Carey Price
Canadian

Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton
Canadian
Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
Finnish
Brett HullBrett Hull
Canadian

Justin WilliamsJustin Williams
Canadian
John TortorellaJohn Tortorella
American
Patrice BergeronPatrice Bergeron
Canadian
Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
Canadian

Mike ComrieMike Comrie
Canadian
Vladimir TarasenkoVladimir Tarasenko
Russian
Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
Canadian

Alex PietrangeloAlex Pietrangelo
Canadian
Sean AverySean Avery
Canadian
Gordie HoweGordie Howe
Canadian
Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
Canadian

Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
Canadian
Mike BabcockMike Babcock
Canadian
Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
Canadian

Brent BurnsBrent Burns
Canadian
Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk
Canadian
Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
Canadian
Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
Canadian

Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
Canadian
Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
Canadian
Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
Canadian

Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
Russian
Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
Canadian
Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
Canadian
Bobby HullBobby Hull
Canadian

T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
American
Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault
Canadian
Joel QuennevilleJoel Quenneville
Canadian

Cam NeelyCam Neely
Canadian
Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
Canadian
Ray BourqueRay Bourque
Canadian
Ralph KruegerRalph Krueger
Canadian, German

Tim HortonTim Horton
Canadian
Eric LindrosEric Lindros
Canadian
Evander KaneEvander Kane
Canadian

Jordan StaalJordan Staal
Canadian
Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
Russian
Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
American
Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
Swedish

Joe SakicJoe Sakic
Canadian
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
Russian
Pavel BurePavel Bure
Russian

Mark MessierMark Messier
Canadian
Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
Russian
Eric StaalEric Staal
Canadian
Alexander SteenAlexander Steen
Canadian, Swedish

Taylor HallTaylor Hall
Canadian
Chris ProngerChris Pronger
Canadian
Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
Canadian

Dave TippettDave Tippett
Canadian
Milan LucicMilan Lucic
Canadian
Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
Canadian
Rick NashRick Nash
Canadian

Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
Swedish
Jamie BennJamie Benn
Canadian
Vladimir KonstantinovVladimir Konstantinov
American, Russian

Todd McLellanTodd McLellan
Canadian
Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
Canadian
Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
Russian
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
Finnish

Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
Canadian
Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
Canadian
Jason SpezzaJason Spezza
Canadian

Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
Canadian
Gabriel LandeskogGabriel Landeskog
Swedish
Corey PerryCorey Perry
Canadian
Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
Canadian

Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
Canadian, German
Barry MelroseBarry Melrose
Canadian
Leon DraisaitlLeon Draisaitl
German

Max PaciorettyMax Pacioretty
American
Todd BertuzziTodd Bertuzzi
Canadian
Tie DomiTie Domi
Canadian
Marty McSorleyMarty McSorley
Canadian

Ken HitchcockKen Hitchcock
Canadian
Nicklas LidströmNicklas Lidström
Swedish
Michael Del ZottoMichael Del Zotto
Canadian

Doug GilmourDoug Gilmour
Canadian
Jarret StollJarret Stoll
Canadian
Jordan EberleJordan Eberle
Canadian
Henrik SedinHenrik Sedin
Swedish