Ice Hockey Players

More From Ice Hockey Players

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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.
Vote for Your Favourite Ice Hockey Players
 1 
Wayne Gretzky
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players in the History of the National Hockey League)
Wayne Gretzky
12
Birthdate: January 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
Nicknamed "The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion and a six-time All-Star record-breaker. The Hockey Hall of Fame inductee played for four NHL teams from 1979 to 1999, was the leading scorer in NHL history, and served as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
 2 
Sidney Crosby
(Ice Hockey Player)
Sidney Crosby
12
Birthdate: August 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada

Canadian professional ice hockey player Sidney Crosby is the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, he made his professional debut in 2005. Immediately rising to stardom, he has continued to impress the audience with his powerful gameplay.

 3 
Gordie Howe
(Ice hockey player)
Gordie Howe
8
Birthdate: March 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: June 10, 2016
 4 
Mario Lemieux
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players of All Time)
Mario Lemieux
6
Birthdate: October 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Canadian former professional ice hockey player Mario Lemieux spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing parts of 17 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons. A gifted playmaker and fast skater, he is considered to be one of the best players of all time. With a 0.754 career goals-per-game average, he ranks second in NHL history, behind only Mike Bossy.

 5 
Bobby Orr
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players of All Time)
Bobby Orr
8
Birthdate: March 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Parry Sound, Canada
Canadian ice-hockey star Bobby Orr is known for his 12-year NHL career, 10 of which were spent playing for the Boston Bruins. His Stanley Cup win in 1970 marked the Bruins’ first title in 29 years. Post-retirement, the septuagenarian Hockey Hall of Fame inductee has also experimented with golf.
 6 
Patrick Kane
(Ice Hockey Player)
Patrick Kane
8
Birthdate: November 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Recommended Lists:
 7 
Patrick Roy
(Ice hockey player)
Patrick Roy
10
Birthdate: October 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quebec City
 8 
Mark Messier
(Former Ice hockey centre who won six Stanley Cups throughout of his career)
Mark Messier
6
Birthdate: January 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Albert, Canada
Recommended Lists:
 9 
Tim Horton
(Ice hockey player)
Tim Horton
11
Birthdate: January 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cochrane
Died: February 21, 1974
 10 
Martin Brodeur
(Ice hockey player)
Martin Brodeur
9
Birthdate: May 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Recommended Lists:
 11 
Steve Yzerman
(Ice hockey player)
Steve Yzerman
11
Birthdate: May 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cranbrook, Canada
 12 
Eric Lindros
(Ice hockey Centreman)
Eric Lindros
8
Birthdate: February 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Recommended Lists:
 13 
Jonathan Toews
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Centre and Captain of the ‘Chicago Blackhawks’ Team)
Jonathan Toews
11
Birthdate: April 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Chicago Blackhawks captain and three-time Stanley Cup-winning ice-hockey player Jonathan Toews became the second-youngest NHL captain ever, at 20. Known as Captain Serious, he is not the one to be found in the middle of any controversy. He was named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players list in 2017.

 14 
Alexander Ovechkin
(Russian Professional Ice Hockey Left Winger)
Alexander Ovechkin
8
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian ice hockey player who currently captains the Washington Capitals, a popular team which competes in the National Hockey League (NHL). Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Alexander Ovechkin has won prestigious awards, such as the Rocket Richard Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, and Calder Memorial Trophy.

Recommended Lists:
 15 
Peter Forsberg
(One of the Greatest Players in the History of Ice Hockey)
Peter Forsberg
5
Birthdate: July 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik

Peter Forsberg is a Swedish former ice hockey player. Forsberg is considered one of the greatest players in the history of ice hockey. He is best known for winning a gold medal at the 1994 and 2006 Winter Olympics. Peter Forsberg was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

 16 
Bobby Hull
(Ice hockey player)
Bobby Hull
6
Birthdate: January 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belleville
Recommended Lists:
 17 
Brett Hull
(Ice hockey player)
Brett Hull
10
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belleville, Canada
 18 
Connor McDavid
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Centre)
Connor McDavid
9
Birthdate: January 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, Canada

Canadian ice hockey player Connor McDavid currently serves as the captain of the NHL team Edmonton Oilers. The two-time Art Ross Trophy-winning player became the youngest NHL captain and has won the gold at the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championships, the 2015 Junior Championships, and the 2013 U-18 Championships.

Recommended Lists:
 19 
P. K. Subban
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Defenceman)
P. K. Subban
8
Birthdate: May 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

P.K. Subban is a Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays as a defenceman for the NHL's New Jersey Devils. In 2013, Subban was adjudged the NHL's top defenceman and was honored with the Norris Trophy. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Subban promised in 2015 that he would help raise $10 million by 2022 for the Montreal Children's Hospital. 

 20 
Jaromír Jágr
(Czech Ice Hockey Player and An Olympic, World, and European Champion)
Jaromír Jágr
7
Birthdate: February 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kladno, Czechia

Legendary Czech ice hockey player Jaromír Jágr is known as one of the finest right wingers of his time. A 2-time World Champion and an Olympic gold medalist, he is also known for his stints with NHL teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins.

Recommended Lists:
 21 
Petr Čech
(Former Czech Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Petr Čech
5
Birthdate: May 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia

Petr Čech is a Czech retired football player who is currently serving as a performance and technical advisor for the popular English club Chelsea. During his playing career, Čech played as a goalkeeper and is often counted among the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Petr Čech is also considered the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the Premier League.

 22 
Sergei Fedorov
(Ice hockey player)
Sergei Fedorov
6
Birthdate: December 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pskov
 23 
Chris Chelios
(Ice hockey Player)
Chris Chelios
8
Birthdate: January 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
 24 
Maurice Richard
(Ice hockey player)
Maurice Richard
4
Birthdate: August 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: May 27, 2000
 25 
Auston Matthews
(Ice Hockey Player)
Auston Matthews
7
Birthdate: September 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Ramon, California, United States
 26 
Mike Fisher
(Ice hockey player centre)
Mike Fisher
4
Birthdate: June 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peterborough, Canada
Recommended Lists:
 27 
Joe Sakic
(Former Ice hockey centre)
Joe Sakic
6
Birthdate: July 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burnaby, Canada
 28 
Carey Price
(Ice Hockey Player)
Carey Price
6
Birthdate: August 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia

Carey Price is a Canadian ice hockey goaltender. Currently an important member of the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL, Price is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalies in Montreal Canadiens history. Also regarded as one of the world's best goaltenders, Carey Price helped the Canadian national ice hockey team win a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Recommended Lists:
 29 
Guy Lafleur
(Ice hockey player)
Guy Lafleur
6
Birthdate: September 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thurso
 30 
Joe Thornton
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Centre)
Joe Thornton
6
Birthdate: July 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, Canada
Canadian–American–Swiss ice-hockey player Joe Thornton, or “Jumbo Joe,” currently plays for the NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs. He previously played for the San Jose Sharks and the Boston Bruins. He is one of 13 players with 1,000 NHL assists and also won an Olympic gold for Canada.
Recommended Lists:
 31 
Phil Esposito
(Former Ice hockey centre)
Phil Esposito
3
Birthdate: February 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
 32 
Henrik Lundqvist
(Retired Swedish Ice-Hockey Goaltender Who Played for the 'New York Rangers')
Henrik Lundqvist
7
Birthdate: March 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Åre

Retired Swedish ice-hockey goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, also known as The King and King Henrik, spent his entire career playing with the NHL team New York Rangers. A 3-time Olympian, he also won a gold and a silver at the games. He is renowned for his unique butterfly style of goaltending.

Recommended Lists:
 33 
Herb Brooks
(Ice Hockey Coach, Player)
Herb Brooks
4
Birthdate: August 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: August 11, 2003
 34 
Ray Bourque
(Former Ice Hockey Player - Holds Records for Most Career Goals, Assists & Points By a Defenceman in the NHL)
Ray Bourque
6
Birthdate: December 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Canada
Recommended Lists:
 35 
T. J. Oshie
(Ice hockey player)
T. J. Oshie
6
Birthdate: December 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Vernon
 36 
Marc-André Fleury
(Ice hockey player Goaltender)
Marc-André Fleury
6
Birthdate: November 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada
Recommended Lists:
 37 
Mike Bossy
(Ice hockey player)
Mike Bossy
4
Birthdate: January 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal
 38 
Chris Pronger
(Olympic gold medalist at the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics)
Chris Pronger
5
Birthdate: October 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dryden, Canada
 39 
Pavel Bure
(Former ice hockey player who played the right wing position)
Pavel Bure
7
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 40 
Duncan Keith
(Ice hockey player)
Duncan Keith
3
Birthdate: July 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winnipeg
 41 
Stan Mikita
(Ice hockey player)
Stan Mikita
4
Birthdate: May 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sokolče, Vlachy, Slovakia
Died: August 7, 2018
 42 
Steven Stamkos
(Ice hockey player)
Steven Stamkos
7
Birthdate: February 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Markham, Ontario, Canada
 43 
Don Cherry
(Former Ice Hockey Player and Co-Host of the NHL Broadcast 'Coach's Corner')
Don Cherry
6
Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Canada
If you’re an NHL fan, you must be knowing the name Don Cherry. He had a long hockey career, but he played only one NHL game -the majority of his games came at the AHL. He later gained fame as a co-host of CBS' Coach's Corner. Don Cherry is known for his outspoken opinions, and the knack for inviting controversies.
 44 
Dion Phaneuf
(Ice hockey player)
Dion Phaneuf
6
Birthdate: April 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
 45 
Paul Coffey
(Ice hockey player)
Paul Coffey
3
Birthdate: June 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weston, Ontario
 46 
Brendan Shanahan
(Ice Hockey executive)
Brendan Shanahan
4
Birthdate: January 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mimico, Ontario, Canada
 47 
Nazem Kadri
(Ice hockey player)
Nazem Kadri
5
Birthdate: October 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
 48 
Pavel Datsyuk
(Ice hockey player)
Pavel Datsyuk
5
Birthdate: July 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia
 49 
Bob Probert
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Player)
Bob Probert
7
Birthdate: June 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
Died: July 5, 2010

Bob Probert was a Canadian ice hockey player who played as a forward throughout his career. Most of his achievements as a player were overshadowed by his reputation of being a fighter inside the rink as well as his off-ice antics and brushes with the law. He also supported aspiring hockey players and often bought match tickets for underprivileged children.

 50 
Erik Karlsson
(Swedish Professional Ice Hockey Defenceman)
Erik Karlsson
4
Birthdate: May 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Landsbro, Sweden

Erik Karlsson is a Swedish ice hockey player who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks of the NHL. An important member of the Sweden men's national team, Karlsson was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He also helped his national team win the bronze medal at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.