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

Nathan West Nathan West
American

Bob Probert Bob Probert
Canadian

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy
Canadian
Mike BabcockMike Babcock
Canadian

Jarret StollJarret Stoll
Canadian
Mike ComrieMike Comrie
Canadian

Ray EmeryRay Emery
Canadian

Alex PietrangeloAlex Pietrangelo
Canadian
Taylor HallTaylor Hall
Canadian

Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
Canadian
Gordie HoweGordie Howe
Canadian

Tim HortonTim Horton
Canadian

Ryan WhitneyRyan Whitney
American
Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
Canadian
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Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
Canadian
Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
Swedish

Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
Canadian

Leon DraisaitlLeon Draisaitl
German

Todd BertuzziTodd Bertuzzi
Canadian
Dustin ByfuglienDustin Byfuglien
American
Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
Canadian

Jason SpezzaJason Spezza
Canadian

Ralph KruegerRalph Krueger
Canadian, German

Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
Canadian
Pavel BurePavel Bure
Russian

Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
Canadian

Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
Russian

Milan LucicMilan Lucic
Canadian

Max DomiMax Domi
Canadian
Donald BrashearDonald Brashear
Canadian, American

Tom GlavineTom Glavine
American
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
Russian

Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
Finnish

Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
Canadian
Hayley WickenheiserHayley Wickenheiser
Canadian

Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
Canadian
Mark MessierMark Messier
Canadian

Claude LemieuxClaude Lemieux
Canadian

Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
Canadian

Tie DomiTie Domi
Canadian

Alexander SteenAlexander Steen
Canadian, Swedish
Marty McSorleyMarty McSorley
Canadian

Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
Canadian

Eric LindrosEric Lindros
Canadian

Sean AverySean Avery
Canadian
Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
Canadian

T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
American
Dave TippettDave Tippett
Canadian

Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
Canadian

Joel QuennevilleJoel Quenneville
Canadian
Vladimir KonstantinovVladimir Konstantinov
American, Russian

Brett HullBrett Hull
Canadian
Evander KaneEvander Kane
Canadian

Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
Russian

Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
Canadian
John TortorellaJohn Tortorella
American

Chris CheliosChris Chelios
American
Joe SakicJoe Sakic
Canadian

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault
Canadian

Jacques PlanteJacques Plante
Canadian

Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
Canadian
Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
Canadian
Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
Canadian

Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
Russian

Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
American

Drew DoughtyDrew Doughty
Canadian
Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
Canadian

Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk
Canadian

Bobby HullBobby Hull
Canadian

Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
Swedish

Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
Canadian
Mike RichardsMike Richards
Canadian

Jordin TootooJordin Tootoo
Canadian
Corey PerryCorey Perry
Canadian

Nicklas LidströmNicklas Lidström
Swedish
Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
Canadian, German
Shea WeberShea Weber
Canadian