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.

Ray EmeryRay Emery
(Canadian)
T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
(American)
Stan MikitaStan Mikita
(Canadian)

Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
(Canadian)
P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)
Mike ComrieMike Comrie
(Canadian)

Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
(Canadian)
Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
(Canadian)
Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
(Russian)

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)
Erik KarlssonErik Karlsson
(Swedish)
Gordie HoweGordie Howe
(Canadian)

Tim HortonTim Horton
(Canadian)
Evgeny KuznetsovEvgeny Kuznetsov
(Russian)
Max DomiMax Domi
(Canadian)

James van RiemsdykJames van Riemsdyk
(American)
Pavel BurePavel Bure
(Russian)
Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
(Canadian)

Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)
Taylor HallTaylor Hall
(Canadian)
Bobby HullBobby Hull
(Canadian)

Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
(Canadian)
Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
(Canadian)
Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
(Canadian)

Steve MontadorSteve Montador
(Canadian)
Mark MessierMark Messier
(Canadian)
Eric LindrosEric Lindros
(Canadian)

Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
(Russian)
Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
(Swedish)
Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
(Canadian)

Brett HullBrett Hull
(Canadian)
Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
(Russian)
Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton
(Canadian)

Sean AverySean Avery
(Canadian)
Hayley WickenheiserHayley Wickenheiser
(Canadian)
Tie DomiTie Domi
(Canadian)

Max PaciorettyMax Pacioretty
(American)
Drew DoughtyDrew Doughty
(Canadian)
Milan LucicMilan Lucic
(Canadian)

Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Finnish)
Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
(Swedish)
Aribert HeimAribert Heim
(Austrian,German)

Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
(Canadian)
Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
(Canadian,German)
Ray BourqueRay Bourque
(Canadian)

Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)
Chris ProngerChris Pronger
(Canadian)
Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)

Joe SakicJoe Sakic
(Canadian)
Jarret StollJarret Stoll
(Canadian)
Vladimir KonstantinovVladimir Konstantinov
(American,Russian)

Mike BabcockMike Babcock
(Canadian)
Jordin TootooJordin Tootoo
(Canadian)
Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
(Canadian)

Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
(Canadian)
Henrik ZetterbergHenrik Zetterberg
(Swedish)
Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
(Canadian)

Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
(Canadian)
Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
(Canadian)
Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
(Canadian)

Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
(Canadian)
Mats SundinMats Sundin
(Swedish)
Marty McSorleyMarty McSorley
(Canadian)

Cam NeelyCam Neely
(Canadian)
Vladislav TretiakVladislav Tretiak
(Russian)
Shea WeberShea Weber
(Canadian)

Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
(Canadian)
Nicklas LidströmNicklas Lidström
(Swedish)
Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
(Canadian)

Scott NiedermayerScott Niedermayer
(Canadian)
Henrik SedinHenrik Sedin
(Swedish)
Shane DoanShane Doan
(Canadian)

Grant FuhrGrant Fuhr
(Canadian)
Luc RobitailleLuc Robitaille
(Canadian)
Guy LafleurGuy Lafleur
(Canadian)

Anže KopitarAnže Kopitar
(Slovenian)
Rick RypienRick Rypien
(Canadian)
Viacheslav FetisovViacheslav Fetisov
(Russian)

Jamie BennJamie Benn
(Canadian)
Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
(Canadian)
Doug GilmourDoug Gilmour
(Canadian)

Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
(American)
Evander KaneEvander Kane
(Canadian)
Hazel McCallionHazel McCallion
(Canadian)

Patrice BergeronPatrice Bergeron
(Canadian)
Chris KunitzChris Kunitz
(Canadian)
Scott StevensScott Stevens
(Canadian)