Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time

The following is the final list of the top hockey players of all-time as determined by 32 voting members of the History of Hockey community.
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  1. quoipourquoi

    quoipourquoi Goaltender

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    The following is the final list of the top hockey players of all-time as determined by 32 voting members of the History of Hockey community.

    Report any errors to @quoipourquoi

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    RankPlayerPositionBornNationBirth City
    1Wayne GretzkyC1961CanadaBrantford, Ontario
    2Gordie HoweRW1928CanadaFloral, Saskatchewan
    3Bobby OrrD1948CanadaParry Sound, Ontario
    4Mario LemieuxC1965CanadaMontreal, Quebec
    5Bobby HullLW1939CanadaPoint Anne, Ontario
    6Jean BeliveauC1931CanadaTrois-Rivieres, Quebec
    7Patrick RoyG1965CanadaQuebec City, Quebec
    8Doug HarveyD1924CanadaMontreal, Quebec
    9Maurice RichardRW1921CanadaMontreal, Quebec
    10Ray BourqueD1960CanadaSaint-Laurent, Quebec
    11Howie MorenzC1902CanadaMitchell, Ontario
    12Sidney CrosbyC1987CanadaHalifax, Nova Scotia
    13Dominik HasekG1965Czech RepublicPardubice, Czechoslovakia
    14Eddie ShoreD1902CanadaFort Qu'Appelle, Northwest Territories
    15Nicklas LidstromD1970SwedenKrylbo, Sweden
    16Jaromir JagrRW1972Czech RepublicKladno, Czechoslovakia
    17Red KellyD / C1927CanadaSimcoe, Ontario
    18Denis PotvinD1953CanadaVanier, Ontario
    19Jacques PlanteG1929CanadaNotre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec
    20Frank NighborC1893CanadaPembroke, Ontario
    21Mark MessierLW / C1961CanadaEdmonton, Alberta
    22Alex OvechkinLW / RW1985RussiaMoscow, Soviet Union
    23Guy LafleurRW1951CanadaThurso, Quebec
    24Stan MikitaC1940CanadaSokolce, Slovak Republic
    25Viacheslav FetisovD1958RussiaMoscow, Soviet Union
    26Sergei MakarovRW1958RussiaChelyabinsk, Soviet Union
    27Phil EspositoC1942CanadaSault Ste Marie, Ontario
    28Glenn HallG1931CanadaHumboldt, Saskatchewan
    29Bobby ClarkeC1949CanadaFlin Flon, Manitoba
    30Martin BrodeurG1972CanadaMontreal, Quebec
    31Bryan TrottierC1956CanadaVal Marie, Saskatchewan
    32Joe SakicC1969CanadaBurnaby, British Columbia
    33Cyclone TaylorD / R1884CanadaTara, Ontario
    34Bill CookRW1895CanadaBrantford, Ontario
    35Terry SawchukG1929CanadaWinnipeg, Manitoba
    36Mike BossyRW1957CanadaMontreal, Quebec
    37Larry RobinsonD1951CanadaWinchester, Ontario
    38Ted LindsayLW1925CanadaRenfrew, Ontario
    39Newsy LalondeC1887CanadaCornwall, Ontario
    40Steve YzermanC1965CanadaCranbrook, British Columbia
    41Chris CheliosD1962United StatesChicago, Illinois
    42Frank BoucherC1901CanadaOttawa, Ontario
    43Valeri KharlamovLW1948RussiaMoscow, Soviet Union
    44King ClancyD1902CanadaOttawa, Ontario
    45Syl AppsC1915CanadaParis, Ontario
    46Ken DrydenG1947CanadaHamilton, Ontario
    47Brad ParkD1948CanadaToronto, Ontario
    48Paul CoffeyD1961CanadaWeston, Ontario
    49Henri RichardC1936CanadaMontreal, Quebec
    50Vladislav TretiakG1952RussiaOrudyevo, Soviet Union
    51Peter ForsbergC1973SwedenOrnskoldsvik, Sweden
    52Evgeni MalkinC1986RussiaMagnitogorsk, Soviet Union
    53Milt SchmidtC1918CanadaKitchener, Ontario
    54Pierre PiloteD1931CanadaKenogami, Quebec
    55Charlie ConacherRW1909CanadaToronto, Ontario
    56Frank BrimsekG1915United StatesEveleth, Minnesota
    57Sprague CleghornD1890CanadaMontreal, Quebec
    58Ted KennedyC1925CanadaPort Colborne, Ontario
    59Chris ProngerD1974CanadaDryden, Ontario
    60Bernie GeoffrionRW1931CanadaMontreal, Quebec
    61Earl SeibertD1911CanadaBerlin, Ontario
    62Andy BathgateRW1932CanadaWinnipeg, Manitoba
    63Marcel DionneC1951CanadaDrummondville, Quebec
    64Scott StevensD1964CanadaKitchener, Ontario
    65Tim HortonD1930CanadaCochrane, Ontario
    66Georges VezinaG1887CanadaChicoutimi, Quebec
    67Al MacInnisD1963CanadaInverness, Nova Scotia
    68Dickie MooreLW1931CanadaMontreal, Quebec
    69Teemu SelanneRW1970FinlandHelsinki, Finland
    70Anatoli FirsovLW1941RussiaMoscow, Soviet Union
    71Frank MahovlichLW1938CanadaTimmins, Ontario
    72Joe MaloneC1890CanadaQuebec City, Quebec
    73Dit ClapperRW / D1907CanadaNewmarket, Ontario
    74Clint BenedictG1892CanadaOttawa, Ontario
    75Charlie GardinerG1904CanadaEdinburgh, Scotland
    76Jari KurriRW1960FinlandHelsinki, Finland
    77Max BentleyC1920CanadaDelisle, Saskatchewan
    78Aurele JoliatLW1901CanadaOttawa, Ontario
    79Cy DennenyLW1891CanadaFarran's Point, Ontario
    80Brett HullRW1964United StatesBelleville, Ontario
    81Elmer LachC1918CanadaNokomis, Saskatchewan
    82Bill DurnanG1916CanadaToronto, Ontario
    83Turk BrodaG1914CanadaBrandon, Manitoba
    84Borje SalmingD1951SwedenKiruna, Sweden
    85Ed BelfourG1965CanadaCarman, Manitoba
    86Boris MikhailovRW1944RussiaMoscow, Soviet Union
    87Bill CowleyC1912CanadaBristol, Quebec
    88Sergei FedorovC / D1969RussiaPskov, Soviet Union
    89Zdeno CharaD1977SlovakiaTrencin, Czechoslovakia
    90Bill GadsbyD1927CanadaCalgary, Alberta
    91Joe ThorntonC1979CanadaSt. Thomas, Ontario
    92Nels StewartC1902CanadaMontreal, Quebec
    93Patrick KaneRW1988United StatesBuffalo, New York
    94Duncan KeithD1983CanadaWinnipeg, Manitoba
    95Mark HoweLW / D1955United StatesDetroit, Michigan
    96Eric LindrosC1973CanadaLondon, Ontario
    97Brian LeetchD1968United StatesCorpus Christi, Texas
    98Martin St. LouisRW1975CanadaLaval, Quebec
    99Dave KeonC1940CanadaNoranda, Quebec
    100Sid AbelC1918CanadaMelville, Saskatchewan

    Discussion Threads
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 1
    (Son of) Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 1
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 2
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 2 (Back in the Habit)
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 3
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 3 (Secret of the Ooze)
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 4
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 5
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 6
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 7
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 8
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 9
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 10
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 11
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 12
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 13
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 14
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 15
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 16
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 17
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 18
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 19
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 20
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Round 2, Vote 21

    Preliminary Discussion Threads

    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Preliminary Discussion Thread
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Preliminary Discussion Thread (The Sequel)
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Preliminary Discussion Thread (With a Vengeance)
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Preliminary Discussion Thread (Citizens on Patrol)
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Preliminary Discussion Thread (Revenge of Michael Myers)

    Round 1 Process
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Aggregate List

    Voting Records
    Top-100 Hockey Players of All-Time - Voting Results
    Voting Record - quoipourquoi, Canadiens1958, steve141
    Voting Record - ted1971, Dennis Bonvie, pappyline
    Voting Record - Sentinel, Hockey Outsider, ChiTownPhilly
    Voting Record - Art of Sedinery, ImporterExporter, DannyGallivan
    Voting Record - ResilientBeast, Kyle McMahon, ehhedler
    Voting Record - Dr John Carlson, TheDevilMadeMe, JoseTheodore2002
    Voting Record - Batis, seventieslord, MXD
     
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  2. TheDevilMadeMe

    TheDevilMadeMe Registered User

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    Glad this is open for business. It'll be interesting to track the big risers and fallers since this list was last done 10 years ago.
     
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    Quebec bias :sarcasm:
     
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  4. senior edler

    senior edler your alternate captain

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    Hasek 13th and Roy 16th here.
     
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    TheDevilMadeMe Registered User

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  6. tony d

    tony d HFBoards Sponsor Sponsor

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    Thanks for this, will be nice to follow as our list develops over the next few weeks.
     
  7. VanIslander

    VanIslander Don't waste my time

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    We all know 6 of the top 10 are Quebecers, eh?
     
  8. Kyle McMahon

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    No...because we don't know who the 10th player is yet.

    Is this meant as a complaint? There is a very good reason why Montreal as a city would have significant representation, considering that is where the sport itself developed.
     
  9. ResilientBeast

    ResilientBeast ATD Draft Czar

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    Playing for just Montreal

    Regular Season 76 goals in 890 games = 0.09 goals/game
    Playoffs: 8 goals in 123 games = 0.06 goals/game

    You didn't give a stat, the drop off isn't super significant. It's not like he was a big time goal scorer.
     
  10. Mike Farkas

    Mike Farkas Grace Personified

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    The picture of Roy is clearly after he had just given up a goal in the Stanley Cup Final...that seems like good enough grounds to move him below Harvey so I can sleep a little better at night...

    - Thank You
     
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  11. quoipourquoi

    quoipourquoi Goaltender

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    Probably my favorite hockey photo. I don’t envy any mind readers in the moments following a GA when a goaltender is mentally composing a list of all ten skaters on the ice and what they can do with themselves. Add in plastic rats and that might be the angriest a person can get without going off the deep end and just decimating bystanders with the paddle.
     
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  12. Tuna Tatarrrrrr

    Tuna Tatarrrrrr Here Is The Legendary Rat Of HFBoards! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    LOL u mad about that? :rolleyes:

    It's normal to have a lot of Quebecers considering the Montreal Canadiens is the greatest and most historical team ever. And some of the greatest players of all time (The Rocket, Mario, Roy, Lafleur, Bourque, Brodeur and more and more) are Quebecers.
     
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    Tuna Tatarrrrrr Here Is The Legendary Rat Of HFBoards! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    Funny because I've seen Roy before Hasek on other lists.
     
  14. Tuna Tatarrrrrr

    Tuna Tatarrrrrr Here Is The Legendary Rat Of HFBoards! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    Indeed it's a great hockey photo of Roy but his best and most iconic one is the wink.
     
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  15. ChiTownPhilly

    ChiTownPhilly Not Too Soft

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    Curious: does anybody have a "Perfecta" on board so far, either from their Original List or their Vote? [I.e.: all nine in the current order?] I have a "boxed" nine-fecta (i.e.: these are my first nine... but I don't have 'em in THAT order).

    I will lose my "X-fecta" next round when Crosby gets in.
     
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    senior edler your alternate captain

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    You know who he winked at though?
     
  17. Mike Farkas

    Mike Farkas Grace Personified

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    Tomas Sandstrom, right?
     
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    Of course, Tomas Sandstrom.

    *Mike Farkas beat me to it.
     
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    VanIslander Don't waste my time

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    Congrats? ... this is not about guessing and cheering voting to match prior lists. Too many closed ears. Hope you didn't vote Crosby first this round just to have the list be the same as your original list.

    Info on the threads changed my mind and votes about Howe and Roy (up) and Richard (down).

    I had Cyclone Taylor on my original list. When he becomes eligible for discussion we'll see if I change my mind on his relative greatness.
     
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    ChiTownPhilly Not Too Soft

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    Oh, Hell NO. Nobody has to worry about that happening.

    I already said that I know my streak's coming to an end...
     
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    Let me say I’m a keen observer of this list because for years I maintained a spreadsheet which attempted to calibrate a top-1000 list, purely for my own amusement, using an amalgamation of every possible subjective & objective criteria out there, and it neared 2000 in the end.

    It began with Stan Fischler’s Top-100 Players book, and it’s several revisions; continued with THN’s Top-100 of the Century list; brought in others such as a 1973 Superstars book listing ‘Hockey’s Greatest Players’, offset by the recent ‘Top 60 since 1967’ book; and eventually included all trophies, awards, records, retired numbers, all-star & HHOF selections, and anything else I could possibly throw into the mix - all weighed as I thought most appropriate. (10pts for topping a 100 list, 0.1pts for #100; 8pts for a Hart Trophy, 4pts as runner-up; 5pts for a Smythe Trophy, 2pts for a retro; 5pts for a HHOF induction; 2pts for a 1st-team all-star, 1pt for a 2nd; 5pts for a Stanley Cup, 4pts for a 2nd, 3pts for a 3rd; etc, etc, etc)

    I used books such as Total Hockey and Ultimate Hockey, the latter including retro-Trophy winners back to 1887; lists & stats from being on SIHR’s email group for years, including All-Star selections/games from pre-consolidation days (PCHA, etc) as well as the list of retro-Smythe trophies. I gave some international consideration (medals & IIHF HOF), plus some WHA acknowledgments. I even included things such as Jim Gregory’s ‘all-time all-star team’, Morenz’s player-of-the-half-century awarding, any TSN all-time lists, and even points, games played, and other stats bringing it to the 1000th decimal point.

    Bottom line, here’s the way the points fell around 2010:

    1. Wayne Gretzky (766.222)
    2. Gordie Howe (491.811)
    3. Bobby Orr (452.531)
    4. Mario Lemieux (444.451)
    5. Bobby Hull (363.936)
    6. Rocket Richard (358.418)
    7. Jean Beliveau (306.432)
    8. Patrick Roy (292.636)
    9. Doug Harvey (280.616)

    Note that, apart from Richard at 6th instead of 9th, the list is so far completely identical to your current list.

    Also, Shore was 16th (256.977) beating Morenz by a hair at 17th (256.739). And Non-NHLers Tretiak @ 70, Cyclone Taylor @ 72, Frank McGee @ 98, Kharlamov @ 106, Russell Bowie @ 114, Moose Johnson @ 118, and Danny Bain @ 139.

    (Recent players such as Jagr, Hasek, Brodeur, Lidstrom, Forsberg, Selanne, Ovechkin, Niedermayer, Pronger, Fedorov, Crosby, & Kariya are limited to spots #24 to #127 due to my abandonment of the project. But the lists are sure to deviate after #9 since Sawchuk, Esposito, Lafleur, Coffey, Hall & Bossy made my top 20, while Potvin was #22, and Mikita #28.)
     
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    That's creepy - I literally just queued up that Roy photo for my #TeamTenMonday contest coming up.
     
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    So you do not see any Canadiens bias? Neither does your spreadsheet?
     
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    Not sure what you’re questioning, but my spreadsheet of course doesn’t hold biases. Was the weight I gave to any of the lists/awards subjective? Of course, but the sheer multitude of factors I introduced into the ultimate equation was intended to limit any bias altogether.

    I remember cringing a little when Hull eventually eclipsed Richard at #5, as the Rocket was, for a lot of lists & people, the recognized ‘next one’ outside of the Big 4. But sheer volume can’t be denied.

    No, the Canadiens have the longest history, and the most championships of any team. Of course we’ll see more Habs near the top, and in a top 100. It isn’t bias that sees 4 players of one dynasty make it in a top 15; it’s 4 (& more) of the greatest players ever that made that team the greatest dynasty. And Morenz, Lafleur, Dryden, Robinson, Vezina, Blake, Durnan, and Joliat weren’t on that dynasty, but they better start appearing soon. :)
     
  25. ChiTownPhilly

    ChiTownPhilly Not Too Soft

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    I'll be damned surprised if Flower isn't a nominee next round. I think he should be. Won't break my heart if he isn't... but I would be surprised if he isn't.
     

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