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.

Stan MikitaStan Mikita
(Canadian)
Erik KarlssonErik Karlsson
(Swedish)
P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)

Mike ComrieMike Comrie
(Canadian)
Tim HortonTim Horton
(Canadian)
Jarret StollJarret Stoll
(Canadian)

Jordin TootooJordin Tootoo
(Canadian)
Gordie HoweGordie Howe
(Canadian)
Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
(Canadian)

Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
(Canadian)
Max DomiMax Domi
(Canadian)
Ray EmeryRay Emery
(Canadian)

Max PaciorettyMax Pacioretty
(American)
Henrik ZetterbergHenrik Zetterberg
(Swedish)
Sean AverySean Avery
(Canadian)

Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
(Russian)
Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
(Canadian)
Tie DomiTie Domi
(Canadian)

Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
(Canadian)
Bobby HullBobby Hull
(Canadian)
Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
(Canadian)

Pavel BurePavel Bure
(Russian)
T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
(American)
Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
(Swedish)

Mark MessierMark Messier
(Canadian)
Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
(Canadian)
Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton
(Canadian)

Eric LindrosEric Lindros
(Canadian)
Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
(Canadian)
Taylor HallTaylor Hall
(Canadian)

Mike BabcockMike Babcock
(Canadian)
Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)
Brett HullBrett Hull
(Canadian)

Brent BurnsBrent Burns
(Canadian)
Todd BertuzziTodd Bertuzzi
(Canadian)
Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
(Canadian)

Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)
Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)
Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
(Canadian)

Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
(Canadian)
Aribert HeimAribert Heim
(Austrian,German)
Hayley WickenheiserHayley Wickenheiser
(Canadian)

Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
(American)
Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
(Canadian)
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Finnish)

Curtis JosephCurtis Joseph
(Canadian)
Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
(Russian)
Grant FuhrGrant Fuhr
(Canadian)

Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
(Canadian,German)
Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
(Russian)
Shea WeberShea Weber
(Canadian)

Milan LucicMilan Lucic
(Canadian)
Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
(Swedish)
Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
(Canadian)

Duncan KeithDuncan Keith
(Canadian)
Joe SakicJoe Sakic
(Canadian)
Evander KaneEvander Kane
(Canadian)

Henrik SedinHenrik Sedin
(Swedish)
Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
(Canadian)
Tomáš PlekanecTomáš Plekanec
(Czech)

Cam NeelyCam Neely
(Canadian)
James van RiemsdykJames van Riemsdyk
(American)
Kasperi KapanenKasperi Kapanen
(Finnish)

Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)
Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
(Canadian)
Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
(Canadian)

Michael NylanderMichael Nylander
(Swedish)
Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
(Canadian)
Drew DoughtyDrew Doughty
(Canadian)

Patrice BergeronPatrice Bergeron
(Canadian)
Doug GilmourDoug Gilmour
(Canadian)
Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
(Canadian)

Ray BourqueRay Bourque
(Canadian)
Guy LafleurGuy Lafleur
(Canadian)
Chris ProngerChris Pronger
(Canadian)

Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
(Canadian)
Mats SundinMats Sundin
(Swedish)
Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk
(Canadian)

Jamie BennJamie Benn
(Canadian)
Shane DoanShane Doan
(Canadian)
Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
(Canadian)

Aaron EkbladAaron Ekblad
(Canadian)
Paul CoffeyPaul Coffey
(Canadian)
Eric StaalEric Staal
(Canadian)

Rick RypienRick Rypien
(Canadian)
Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
(Canadian)
Nicklas LidströmNicklas Lidström
(Swedish)