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.

Taylor KitschTaylor Kitsch
(Canadian)
Alexander OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin
(Russian)

Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
(Canadian)
Henrik SedinHenrik Sedin
(Swedish)
Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
(Russian)

P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)
Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)
Daniel SedinDaniel Sedin
(Swedish)

Mike BabcockMike Babcock
(Canadian)
Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
(Russian)
Erik KarlssonErik Karlsson
(Swedish)

Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
(Canadian)
Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
(Canadian)
Evander KaneEvander Kane
(Canadian)

Jordan StaalJordan Staal
(Canadian)
Gordie HoweGordie Howe
(Canadian)
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)
Taylor HallTaylor Hall
(Canadian)
Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
(Canadian)

Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
(Canadian)
Patrice BergeronPatrice Bergeron
(Canadian)
Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Finnish)

Filip ForsbergFilip Forsberg
(Swedish)
Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
(Swedish)
Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
(Swedish)

Mike ComrieMike Comrie
(Canadian)
T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
(American)
Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
(Canadian)

Jonathan ToewsJonathan Toews
(Canadian)
Tim HortonTim Horton
(Canadian)
Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
(Canadian)

Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton
(Canadian)
Pavel BurePavel Bure
(Russian)
Eric LindrosEric Lindros
(Canadian)

Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
(Canadian)
Eric StaalEric Staal
(Canadian)
Ray BourqueRay Bourque
(Canadian)

Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
(Canadian)
Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
(Canadian)
Carey PriceCarey Price
(Canadian)

Hayley WickenheiserHayley Wickenheiser
(Canadian)
Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
(Canadian)
Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
(Canadian)

Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
(Canadian)
John TortorellaJohn Tortorella
(American)
Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)

Todd BertuzziTodd Bertuzzi
(Canadian)
Blake WheelerBlake Wheeler
(American)
Joe SakicJoe Sakic
(Canadian)

Brent BurnsBrent Burns
(Canadian)
Ryan McDonaghRyan McDonagh
(American)
Pekka RinnePekka Rinne
(Finnish)

Brett HullBrett Hull
(Canadian)
Tomáš PlekanecTomáš Plekanec
(Czech)
Mark MessierMark Messier
(Canadian)

Bobby HullBobby Hull
(Canadian)
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Finnish)
James van RiemsdykJames van Riemsdyk
(American)

Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
(Canadian)
Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
(American)
Ben ScrivensBen Scrivens
(Canadian)

Tie DomiTie Domi
(Canadian)
Milan LucicMilan Lucic
(Canadian)
Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
(Russian)

Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
(Canadian,German)
Paul MauricePaul Maurice
(Canadian)
Mats SundinMats Sundin
(Swedish)

Sean AverySean Avery
(Canadian)
Anže KopitarAnže Kopitar
(Slovenian)
Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
(Canadian)

Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
(Canadian)
Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
(Canadian)
Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
(Canadian)

Natalie SpoonerNatalie Spooner
(Canadian)
Vincent LecavalierVincent Lecavalier
(Canadian)
Drew DoughtyDrew Doughty
(Canadian)

Aribert HeimAribert Heim
(German)
Jarret StollJarret Stoll
(Canadian)
Curtis JosephCurtis Joseph
(Canadian)

Vladislav TretiakVladislav Tretiak
(Russian)
Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
(Canadian)
Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
(Russian)

Bruce BoudreauBruce Boudreau
(Canadian)
Henrik ZetterbergHenrik Zetterberg
(Swedish)
Wayne SimmondsWayne Simmonds
(Canadian)

Ken HitchcockKen Hitchcock
(Canadian)
Thomas VanekThomas Vanek
(Austrian)
Jordin TootooJordin Tootoo
(Canadian)

Cam NeelyCam Neely
(Canadian)
Shea WeberShea Weber
(Canadian)
Marty McSorleyMarty McSorley
(Canadian)