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

Nathan West Nathan West
American

Carey Price Carey Price
Canadian

Bob Probert Bob Probert
Canadian

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy
Canadian
Alex PietrangeloAlex Pietrangelo
Canadian

Mike ComrieMike Comrie
Canadian
Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
Canadian

Jarret StollJarret Stoll
Canadian

Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
Canadian
Jason SpezzaJason Spezza
Canadian

Gordie HoweGordie Howe
Canadian
Tim HortonTim Horton
Canadian

Ralph KruegerRalph Krueger
Canadian, German

Sean AverySean Avery
Canadian
Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
Swedish

Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
Canadian
Alexander SteenAlexander Steen
Canadian, Swedish

Dave TippettDave Tippett
Canadian

Max DomiMax Domi
Canadian

Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
Canadian
Mike BabcockMike Babcock
Canadian
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
Russian

Todd BertuzziTodd Bertuzzi
Canadian

Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
Canadian

Evander KaneEvander Kane
Canadian
Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
Canadian

Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
Canadian

Milan LucicMilan Lucic
Canadian

Pavel BurePavel Bure
Russian

Chris CheliosChris Chelios
American
Tie DomiTie Domi
Canadian

Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
Canadian
Ron FrancisRon Francis
Canadian

Mark MessierMark Messier
Canadian

Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
Canadian
Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
Canadian

Eric LindrosEric Lindros
Canadian
Brett HullBrett Hull
Canadian

Taylor HallTaylor Hall
Canadian

Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
Canadian

Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
Finnish

Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
Canadian
Mike RichardsMike Richards
Canadian

Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
Russian

Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
Canadian

Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
Russian
Joe SakicJoe Sakic
Canadian

Ray EmeryRay Emery
Canadian
Guy LafleurGuy Lafleur
Canadian

T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
American

Paul KariyaPaul Kariya
Canadian
Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
Canadian, German

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
Canadian
Joffrey LupulJoffrey Lupul
Canadian

Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
Russian

Vladimir KonstantinovVladimir Konstantinov
American, Russian
Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
American

Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
Canadian
Bobby HullBobby Hull
Canadian

Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk
Canadian

Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
Russian

Wayne SimmondsWayne Simmonds
Canadian
Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
Swedish
Nicklas LidströmNicklas Lidström
Swedish

Corey PerryCorey Perry
Canadian

Justin WilliamsJustin Williams
Canadian

Aribert HeimAribert Heim
Austrian, German
Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
Canadian

Evgeny KuznetsovEvgeny Kuznetsov
Russian

Jordin TootooJordin Tootoo
Canadian

Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
Canadian

Duncan KeithDuncan Keith
Canadian
Nino NiederreiterNino Niederreiter
Swiss

Henrik SedinHenrik Sedin
Swedish
Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
Canadian

Jamie BennJamie Benn
Canadian
Chris ProngerChris Pronger
Canadian
Cam NeelyCam Neely
Canadian