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

Bob Probert Bob Probert
Canadian

Nathan West Nathan West
American

Carey Price Carey Price
Canadian

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy
Canadian

John MaddenJohn Madden
Canadian
Henri RichardHenri Richard
Canadian

Gordie HoweGordie Howe
Canadian

Jaromír JágrJaromír Jágr
Czech
Mike ComrieMike Comrie
Canadian

Pavel BurePavel Bure
Russian
Hayley WickenheiserHayley Wickenheiser
Canadian

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
Canadian

Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
Canadian
Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
Canadian
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Ryan WhitneyRyan Whitney
American
Mark MessierMark Messier
Canadian

Sean AverySean Avery
Canadian

Vladimir KonstantinovVladimir Konstantinov
American, Russian

Dominik HašekDominik Hašek
Czech
Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
Russian

Tim HortonTim Horton
Canadian

Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
Canadian

Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
Canadian

Eric LindrosEric Lindros
Canadian
Tom GlavineTom Glavine
American

Brett HullBrett Hull
Canadian
Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
Canadian

Chris CheliosChris Chelios
American

Daniel SedinDaniel Sedin
Swedish
Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
Canadian

Don CherryDon Cherry
Canadian
Cam NeelyCam Neely
Canadian

Paul KariyaPaul Kariya
Canadian

Dustin ByfuglienDustin Byfuglien
American

Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
Canadian

Bobby HullBobby Hull
Canadian
Chris ProngerChris Pronger
Canadian

Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk
Canadian

Ray BourqueRay Bourque
Canadian

Joe SakicJoe Sakic
Canadian
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
Finnish
Doug GilmourDoug Gilmour
Canadian

Vladislav TretiakVladislav Tretiak
Russian

Grant FuhrGrant Fuhr
Canadian

Claude LemieuxClaude Lemieux
Canadian
Paul CoffeyPaul Coffey
Canadian

Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
Canadian
Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
Canadian, German

Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
Swedish

Tie DomiTie Domi
Canadian
Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
Canadian

Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
Canadian
Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
Canadian

Mike BossyMike Bossy
Canadian

Guy LafleurGuy Lafleur
Canadian
Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
Canadian

Luc RobitailleLuc Robitaille
Canadian
Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
Swedish

Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
Russian

Aribert HeimAribert Heim
Austrian, German

Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
Canadian
Jarret StollJarret Stoll
Canadian

Viacheslav FetisovViacheslav Fetisov
Russian

Marty McSorleyMarty McSorley
Canadian

Brendan ShanahanBrendan Shanahan
Canadian

Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
Russian
Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
Russian

Mats SundinMats Sundin
Swedish
Alexander MogilnyAlexander Mogilny
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T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
American

Ray EmeryRay Emery
Canadian
Igor LarionovIgor Larionov
Russian

Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
Canadian
Leon DraisaitlLeon Draisaitl
German

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault
Canadian
Ron HextallRon Hextall
Canadian

Rick NashRick Nash
Canadian

Milan LucicMilan Lucic
Canadian
Nicklas LidströmNicklas Lidström
Swedish

Ed BelfourEd Belfour
Canadian
Donald BrashearDonald Brashear
Canadian, American