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

John MaddenJohn Madden
Canadian
John TortorellaJohn Tortorella
American

Jaromír JágrJaromír Jágr
Czech

Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
Canadian
Gordie HoweGordie Howe
Canadian

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
Canadian
Ryan WhitneyRyan Whitney
American

Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
Canadian

Sean AverySean Avery
Canadian
Ryan ReavesRyan Reaves
Canadian
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Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
Canadian
Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
Canadian

Mike ComrieMike Comrie
Canadian

Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
Canadian

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
Swedish
Pavel BurePavel Bure
Russian

Tim HortonTim Horton
Canadian

Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
Canadian

Marián HossaMarián Hossa
Slovak

Don CherryDon Cherry
Canadian
Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
Canadian

Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
Canadian
Max DomiMax Domi
Canadian

Eric LindrosEric Lindros
Canadian

Mark MessierMark Messier
Canadian
Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
Canadian

Tom GlavineTom Glavine
American
Ray EmeryRay Emery
Canadian

Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
Canadian

Joe SakicJoe Sakic
Canadian

Brett HullBrett Hull
Canadian

Tie DomiTie Domi
Canadian
Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
Canadian

John TavaresJohn Tavares
Canadian

Leon DraisaitlLeon Draisaitl
German

Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
Russian
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
Russian
Dominik HašekDominik Hašek
Czech

Milan LucicMilan Lucic
Canadian

Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
Russian

Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
Canadian
Taylor HallTaylor Hall
Canadian

Vladimir KonstantinovVladimir Konstantinov
American, Russian
Chris CheliosChris Chelios
American

T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
American

Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
Canadian
Ray BourqueRay Bourque
Canadian

Chris ProngerChris Pronger
Canadian
Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
Canadian

Kasperi KapanenKasperi Kapanen
Finnish

Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
Canadian
Mike BabcockMike Babcock
Canadian

Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
American
Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
Canadian

Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
Swedish

Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
Finnish

Duncan KeithDuncan Keith
Canadian
Evander KaneEvander Kane
Canadian

Bobby HullBobby Hull
Canadian

Max PaciorettyMax Pacioretty
American

Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Canadian

Luc RobitailleLuc Robitaille
Canadian
Semyon VarlamovSemyon Varlamov
Russian

Alexander MogilnyAlexander Mogilny
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Aribert HeimAribert Heim
Austrian, German

Jarret StollJarret Stoll
Canadian

Viacheslav FetisovViacheslav Fetisov
Russian
Paul KariyaPaul Kariya
Canadian

Jason SpezzaJason Spezza
Canadian
Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
Canadian

Dustin ByfuglienDustin Byfuglien
American
Ron FrancisRon Francis
Canadian

Claude LemieuxClaude Lemieux
Canadian

Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
Russian
Cam NeelyCam Neely
Canadian

Rick NashRick Nash
Canadian
Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
Canadian, German