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.

P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)
Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton
(Canadian)

Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
(Canadian)
John TortorellaJohn Tortorella
(American)
Jacques PlanteJacques Plante
(Canadian)

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)
Justin WilliamsJustin Williams
(Canadian)
Mike BabcockMike Babcock
(Canadian)

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Sean AverySean Avery
(Canadian)
Mike ComrieMike Comrie
(Canadian)
Gordie HoweGordie Howe
(Canadian)

Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
(Canadian)
Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
(Canadian)
Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
(Canadian)

Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
(Canadian)
Patrice BergeronPatrice Bergeron
(Canadian)
Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
(Canadian)

Tim HortonTim Horton
(Canadian)
Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
(Canadian)
Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
(Canadian)

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Finnish)
T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
(American)
Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
(American)

Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)
Wayne SimmondsWayne Simmonds
(Canadian)
Evander KaneEvander Kane
(Canadian)

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
(Swedish)
Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
(Canadian)
Brent BurnsBrent Burns
(Canadian)

Joel QuennevilleJoel Quenneville
(Canadian)
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)
Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
(Canadian)

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Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
(Canadian)
Mark MessierMark Messier
(Canadian)
Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk
(Canadian)

Pavel BurePavel Bure
(Russian)
Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
(Canadian)
Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault
(Canadian)

Jordan StaalJordan Staal
(Canadian)
Tie DomiTie Domi
(Canadian)
Jordin TootooJordin Tootoo
(Canadian)

Brett HullBrett Hull
(Canadian)
Eric LindrosEric Lindros
(Canadian)
Max DomiMax Domi
(Canadian)

Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
(Canadian)
Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
(Russian)
Eric StaalEric Staal
(Canadian)

Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
(Russian)
Claude LemieuxClaude Lemieux
(Canadian)
Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
(Canadian)

Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
(Russian)
Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
(Canadian)
Ray BourqueRay Bourque
(Canadian)

Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
(Canadian)
Joe SakicJoe Sakic
(Canadian)
Bobby HullBobby Hull
(Canadian)

Ray EmeryRay Emery
(Canadian)
Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
(Swedish)
Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)

Taylor HallTaylor Hall
(Canadian)
Shane DoanShane Doan
(Canadian)
Leon DraisaitlLeon Draisaitl
(German)

Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
(Canadian)
Todd BertuzziTodd Bertuzzi
(Canadian)
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Finnish)

Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
(Russian)
Jamie BennJamie Benn
(Canadian)
Sam GagnerSam Gagner
(Canadian)

Todd McLellanTodd McLellan
(Canadian)
Max PaciorettyMax Pacioretty
(American)
Milan LucicMilan Lucic
(Canadian)

Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
(Canadian,German)
Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
(Canadian)
Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
(Canadian)

Mike BossyMike Bossy
(Canadian)
Chris ProngerChris Pronger
(Canadian)
Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
(Canadian)

Marc CrawfordMarc Crawford
(Canadian)
Doug GilmourDoug Gilmour
(Canadian)
Vladimir KonstantinovVladimir Konstantinov
(American,Russian)

Marty McSorleyMarty McSorley
(Canadian)
Shea WeberShea Weber
(Canadian)
Paul MauricePaul Maurice
(Canadian)

Jarret StollJarret Stoll
(Canadian)
James van RiemsdykJames van Riemsdyk
(American)
Cam NeelyCam Neely
(Canadian)