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.

Joel QuennevilleJoel Quenneville
(Canadian)
P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)
Ken HitchcockKen Hitchcock
(Canadian)

Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
(Canadian)
Mike ComrieMike Comrie
(Canadian)
Jordin TootooJordin Tootoo
(Canadian)

Gordie HoweGordie Howe
(Canadian)
Jarret StollJarret Stoll
(Canadian)
Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
(Canadian)

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Todd BertuzziTodd Bertuzzi
(Canadian)
Tim HortonTim Horton
(Canadian)
Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
(Canadian)

Sean AverySean Avery
(Canadian)
Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
(Canadian)
Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton
(Canadian)

Max DomiMax Domi
(Canadian)
Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
(Canadian)
Tie DomiTie Domi
(Canadian)

Ray EmeryRay Emery
(Canadian)
Curtis JosephCurtis Joseph
(Canadian)
Pavel BurePavel Bure
(Russian)

Erik KarlssonErik Karlsson
(Swedish)
Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
(Swedish)
Mike BabcockMike Babcock
(Canadian)

Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
(Russian)
T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
(American)
Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
(Canadian)

Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
(Canadian)
Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
(Canadian)
Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
(Canadian)

Michael NylanderMichael Nylander
(Swedish)
Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
(American)
Taylor HallTaylor Hall
(Canadian)

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Eric LindrosEric Lindros
(Canadian)
Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
(Canadian)
Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)

Stan MikitaStan Mikita
(Canadian)
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)
Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
(Canadian)

Grant FuhrGrant Fuhr
(Canadian)
Bobby HullBobby Hull
(Canadian)
Brett HullBrett Hull
(Canadian)

Milan LucicMilan Lucic
(Canadian)
Mark MessierMark Messier
(Canadian)
Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)

Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
(Swedish)
Shea WeberShea Weber
(Canadian)
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Finnish)

Kasperi KapanenKasperi Kapanen
(Finnish)
Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
(Canadian)
Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)

Ron HextallRon Hextall
(Canadian)
Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
(Canadian)
Brent BurnsBrent Burns
(Canadian)

Max PaciorettyMax Pacioretty
(American)
Duncan KeithDuncan Keith
(Canadian)
Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
(Canadian)

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Finnish)
Evander KaneEvander Kane
(Canadian)
Patrice BergeronPatrice Bergeron
(Canadian)

Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
(Canadian,German)
Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
(Russian)
John TortorellaJohn Tortorella
(American)

Jamie BennJamie Benn
(Canadian)
Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
(Russian)
Joe SakicJoe Sakic
(Canadian)

Tomáš PlekanecTomáš Plekanec
(Czech)
Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
(Canadian)
Henrik SedinHenrik Sedin
(Swedish)

Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
(Canadian)
Aribert HeimAribert Heim
(Austrian,German)
Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
(Canadian)

Todd McLellanTodd McLellan
(Canadian)
James van RiemsdykJames van Riemsdyk
(American)
Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
(Canadian)

Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
(Canadian)
Henrik ZetterbergHenrik Zetterberg
(Swedish)
Andrew LaddAndrew Ladd
(Canadian)

Drew DoughtyDrew Doughty
(Canadian)
Ray BourqueRay Bourque
(Canadian)
Cam NeelyCam Neely
(Canadian)

Chris ProngerChris Pronger
(Canadian)
Pekka RinnePekka Rinne
(Finnish)
Eric StaalEric Staal
(Canadian)

Doug GilmourDoug Gilmour
(Canadian)
Mats SundinMats Sundin
(Swedish)
Ryan Nugent-HopkinsRyan Nugent-Hopkins
(Canadian)