Ice Hockey Players

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.
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 1 Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: January 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brantford, Ontario, 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

Sidney Crosby.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
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

Gordie Howe.
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Floral, Saskatchewan
Died: June 10, 2016

 4 Mario Lemieux

Mario Lemieux.
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Famous As: Former Ice Hockey Star
Birthdate: October 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, QC, 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 Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: November 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

 6 Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr.
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Parry Sound, Ontario, 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.
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 7 Tim Horton

Tim Horton
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cochrane
Died: February 21, 1974
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 8 Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: April 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winnipeg

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.

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 9 Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: May 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal

 10 Patrick Roy

Patrick Roy
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: October 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quebec City
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 11 Brett Hull

Brett Hull
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belleville

 12 Mark Messier

Mark Messier
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edmonton
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 13 Eric Lindros

Eric Lindros
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: February 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London

 14 Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Fedorov
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: December 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pskov
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 15 Chris Chelios

Chris Chelios
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Famous As: Ice hockey Player
Birthdate: January 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 16 Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia
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 17 Maurice Richard

Maurice Richard
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: August 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: May 27, 2000

 18 Alexander Ovechkin

Alexander Ovechkin.
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
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.

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 19 Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik

 20 Bobby Hull

Bobby Hull
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belleville
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 21 P. K. Subban

P. K. Subban.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
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. 

 22 Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: January 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, Ontario, 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.

 23 Joe Sakic

Joe Sakic
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burnaby

 24 Auston Matthews

Auston Matthews.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: September 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Ramon, California

 25 Jaromír Jágr

Jaromír Jágr
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: February 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kladno, Czechia

 26 Chris Pronger

Chris Pronger
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: October 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dryden, Ontario
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 27 Petr Čech

Petr Čech
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia

 28 Carey Price

Carey Price.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
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.

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 29 Ray Bourque

Ray Bourque
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: December 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montreal

 30 Valeri Bure

Valeri Bure.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Valeri Bure is a former ice hockey player who played for popular teams in the National Hockey League. In 1991, he became the first Russian to play in the Western Hockey League. An important ex-member of the Russian men's national ice hockey team, Bure helped his nation win silver and a bronze at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics respectively.

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 31 Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: July 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Thomas, 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.

 32 Steve Yzerman

Steve Yzerman
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: May 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cranbrook
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 33 Jarret Stoll

Jarret Stoll
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: June 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melville

 34 Phil Esposito

Phil Esposito
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: February 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie
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 35 Stan Mikita

Stan Mikita
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: May 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sokolče

 36 Brendan Shanahan

Brendan Shanahan
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Famous As: Ice Hockey executive
Birthdate: January 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mimico, Ontario, Canada
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 37 Marc-André Fleury

Marc-André Fleury
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: November 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sorel‐Tracy

 38 Terry Sawchuk

Terry Sawchuk
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: December 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: May 31, 1970

 39 T. J. Oshie

T. J. Oshie
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: December 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Vernon

 40 Dion Phaneuf

Dion Phaneuf
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: April 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 41 Mike Comrie

Mike Comrie
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: September 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 42 Guy Lafleur

Guy Lafleur
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: September 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thurso

 43 Pavel Bure

Pavel Bure
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minsk

 44 Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: July 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia

 45 Grant Fuhr

Grant Fuhr
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: September 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spruce Grove

 46 Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Åre

 47 Brooks Laich

Brooks Laich.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: June 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wawota, Canada
Canadian former ice-hockey player Brooks Laich is known for his successful stints with NHL teams such as the Ottawa Senators and the Los Angeles Kings. He also won a silver medal for Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championships. He is associated with charities related to autism and multiple sclerosis.

 48 Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edmonton

 49 Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: November 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calgary

 50 Mike Babcock

Mike Babcock
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: April 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saskatoon
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