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

Justin WilliamsJustin Williams
Canadian
Brett HullBrett Hull
Canadian

Patrice BergeronPatrice Bergeron
Canadian

Vladimir TarasenkoVladimir Tarasenko
Russian

Mike ComrieMike Comrie
Canadian
Alex PietrangeloAlex Pietrangelo
Canadian

Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
Canadian
Brent BurnsBrent Burns
Canadian

Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
Canadian

Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk
Canadian
Gordie HoweGordie Howe
Canadian

Sean AverySean Avery
Canadian
Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
Russian

Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
Canadian

Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
Canadian
Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
Canadian

Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
Canadian
Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault
Canadian

Joel QuennevilleJoel Quenneville
Canadian

Cam NeelyCam Neely
Canadian

Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
Canadian
Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
Canadian
Ray BourqueRay Bourque
Canadian

Ralph KruegerRalph Krueger
Canadian, German

Jason SpezzaJason Spezza
Canadian

Tim HortonTim Horton
Canadian
Jordan StaalJordan Staal
Canadian

Bobby HullBobby Hull
Canadian

Eric StaalEric Staal
Canadian

Alexander SteenAlexander Steen
Canadian, Swedish

Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
Canadian
Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton
Canadian

Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
Canadian
Dave TippettDave Tippett
Canadian

Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
Canadian

Pavel BurePavel Bure
Russian
Milan LucicMilan Lucic
Canadian

Vladimir KonstantinovVladimir Konstantinov
American, Russian
Todd McLellanTodd McLellan
Canadian

Eric LindrosEric Lindros
Canadian

Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
Canadian

Mark MessierMark Messier
Canadian

Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
Canadian
Chris CheliosChris Chelios
American

Gabriel LandeskogGabriel Landeskog
Swedish

Corey PerryCorey Perry
Canadian

Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
Canadian
Taylor HallTaylor Hall
Canadian

Barry MelroseBarry Melrose
Canadian
Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
Russian

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
Swedish

Leon DraisaitlLeon Draisaitl
German
Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
Canadian

Jarret StollJarret Stoll
Canadian
Marty McSorleyMarty McSorley
Canadian

Chris ProngerChris Pronger
Canadian

Joe SakicJoe Sakic
Canadian
Ken HitchcockKen Hitchcock
Canadian

Michael Del ZottoMichael Del Zotto
Canadian
Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
Canadian

Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
Russian

Jordan EberleJordan Eberle
Canadian

Peter DeBoerPeter DeBoer
Canadian
Al MacInnisAl MacInnis
Canadian
Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
Canadian

Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
Russian

Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
Canadian

Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
Canadian
Nathan HortonNathan Horton
Canadian

Grant FuhrGrant Fuhr
Canadian

Shea WeberShea Weber
Canadian

Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
Canadian

Paul CoffeyPaul Coffey
Canadian
T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
American

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
Canadian
Ray EmeryRay Emery
Canadian

Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
Russian
Marc SavardMarc Savard
Canadian
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
Finnish