We all just love top-ten lists, dont we? Here are the ten best players IMO from every true European hockey country (along with honorary mentions and some comments/excuses/whatnot). The emphasis is on international careers, and IÂ´ve tried to stick with players who have already finished playing, but often it is just not possible. Russians 1. Anatoli Firsov -So many of his contemporaries consider him as the greatest ever, and his speed, slapshot and accuracy were from another planet in European hockey in the Â´60s. 2. Viacheslav Fetisov 3. Valeri Kharlamov 4. Sergei Makarov - Of the Russians Ive seen, heÂ´s the most complete package. Awesome skater and stickhandler and almost impossible to handle 1-on-1. 5. Vsevolod Bobrov -A dominating figure, though hockey of course was so different in the Â´50s. 6. Alexander Maltsev - A very graceful skater and puckhandler and a truly classy player. 7. Vladislav Tretiak He just has to be here, even though IÂ´m still not quite convinced of his greatness. 8. Pavel Bure 9. Vladimir Krutov - Too high, eh? Try to name a top level game vs. Team Canada in which he did not score a point. And already as a 19-year old he was the Soviet who the Americans feared the most in Miracle on Ice game, I believe... 10. Valeri Vasiliev HMÂ´s: Boris Mikhailov, Vladimir Petrov, Igor Larionov, Alexander Ragulin, Viacheslav Starshinov, Alexander Yakushev Czechs 1. Jaromir Jagr - Too soon? No, I dont think so. 2. Dominik Hasek 3. Vladimir Martinec - One of the best forwards in the world in the 70s. Period. 4. Jan Suchy - "European Bobby Orr" 5. Jiri Holecek - Mainly due to his heroics vs. the Soviets. 6. Frantisek Pospisil - The soul of Czech defense for many many years. 7. Josef Malecek 8. Ivan Hlinka 9. Milan Novy 10. Jiri Lala - DidnÂ´t have an overtly long career at the very top, but was one of the best forwards in the world around, say, Â´81-Â´86. HMÂ´s: Jiri Holik, Oldrich Machac, Vladimir Ruzicka, Josef Cerny, Jiri Bubla Swedes 1. Peter Forsberg - Never before has a Swedish player been considered the best in the world. 2. Borje Salming 3. Sven "Tumba" Johansson 4. Mats Sundin 5. Mats Naslund 6. HÃ¥kan Loob 7. Ulf Sterner - Favorite Swede of the Canadians, right? He also had some controversial incident with a Finnish player in the sixties... but heÂ´s one of SwedenÂ´s best ever anyway. 8. Nicklas Lidstrom - Better than Salming? Probably. But heÂ´s not even nearly finished yet. 9. Kent Nilsson 10. Bengt(-Ã…ke) Gustafsson HMÂ´s: Anders Hedberg, Ulf Nilsson, Pelle Lindbergh, Nils Nilsson, Ronald Petterson, Peter "Pekka" Lindmark, Mats Waltin, Leif Holmqvist, Lennart Svedberg Slovaks 1. Vaclav Nedomansky - Not maybe a North American view, but since I have the emphasis on international careers, I will put Nedomansky on top. 2. Peter Stastny - Sorry Mr. Stastny! If NHL careers were the measuring stick, he would be a clear winner. 3. Vladimir Dzurilla - By all means the best ever Slovak goalie. 4. Josef Golonka 5. Peter Bondra 6. Miroslav Satan 7. Zigmund Palffy 8. Darius Rusnak 9. Dusan Pasek 10. Igor Liba HMÂ´s: Marian & Anton Stastny, Vincent Lukac, Zdeno Chara, Jan Starsi, Marian Hossa, Josef Stumpel Finns 1. Jari Kurri - Oh really?!! 2. Saku Koivu 3. Teemu Selanne - He still got it? 4. Lasse Oksanen 5. Teppo Numminen 6. Matti Hagman - First true Finn in the NHL. 7. Veli-Pekka Ketola - Teammate of Bobby Hull in the Winnipeg Jets (WHA). 8. Raimo "Raipe" Helminen - A Finnish icon; will probably continue playing until heÂ´s 70. 9. Pekka Rautakallio - First Finnish player in a NHL All-Star game. 10. Pekka Marjamaki HMÂ´s: Reijo Ruotsalainen, Aarne Honkavaara, Jarmo Myllys, Kari Jalonen, Matti Keinonen, Timo Jutila, Christian Ruuttu, Jere Lehtinen, Ville & Esa Peltonen PS. Sorry for the (possible) glaring omissions. IÂ´m still learning, you know.