Therefore the best player is not necessarily the greatest player. The list actually came together fairly quickly, because I constantly cross-referenced other lists. I first ranked players by position, and by era, and by nationality. When I created my master list of the top 100 players of all time, I held myself accountable by staying true to those previously made lists. Some tweaking was necessary, of course, but before I adjusted the top 100 list, I had to make sure I stayed true to my original lists. Without further ado, I present the GreatestHockeyLegends.com Top 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
One thing hockey fans always have something to say about is a team’s uniform or hockey jersey. Especially when it comes to NHL hockey jerseys. There have been some stellar jerseys throughout the years and more recently NHL teams’ marketing departments have done a great job with establishing third jerseys or alternate jerseys that teams wear on the ice. Definition of Hockey Jersey – a garment/shirt worn by a hockey player or competitor in the game of hockey.
A hockey jersey typically includes the team primary logo with striping of the teams colors on the waist and elbow or forearm area. Secondary team logos are often featured on the shoulders. Hockey jerseys are also referred to as hockey sweaters or hockey uniforms. Top 50 NHL Hockey Jerseys of All-Time The criteria for this list was simple. We polled hockey fans for the past few weeks and final say was had by the author of The Hockey Fanatic. This list of NHL jersey is meant for hockey fans to re-live some of the most memorable NHL hockey jerseys of all-time.
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We will factor in your feedback into an updated list for next year’s post. With that here is a look at which jerseys The Hockey Fanatic lists as the top 50 NHL hockey jerseys of all-time. You know we almost had a four-way tie for first place? Especially between the top two jerseys. • Montreal Canadiens – rouge, blanc et blue. The traditional red Canadiens jersey that has been used as the Habs’ away jersey and now serves as their home jersey featuring the “C” and “H” logo with the simple design and blue and white piping on the arms and waist.
This is probably hockey’s most famous hockey sweater. In fact this jersey is so popular that it spawned the short story, The Hockey Sweater (Le chandail de hockey in the original French) by Canadian author Roch Carrier.
The story describes the author’s experience as a child growing up in his home town of Sainte-Justine, Quebec, in 1946. The story discusses the obsession he and his hockey friends had with the Montreal Canadiens and their star player, Maurice “The Rocket” Richard. With his old sweater having worn out, Carrier’s mother sought to replace it.
As a French-only speaker, she wrote a letter to Eaton’s, trying to order him a new sweater from their English-only Catalogue. When the package containing the sweater arrived, the young boy was horrified to discover that he had been sent a sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs by mistake.
To add to the hockey lore a similar I had a similar experience as a child when my own mother ordered me an Edmonton Oilers jersey from the Sears catalogue one year for Christmas. The Oilers, who were just starting their dynasty years, were in high demand and Sears had sold out of the Oilers jersey only to replace mine with a Quebec Nordiques jersey. Living in northern Alberta I was the only kid with a Nordiques jersey in my neighbourhood.
I had to wait months until I received my Oilers jersey. This just illustrates the importance and demand that fans have for their teams’ hockey sweater. The Montreal Canadiens take top honors with their red jersey. • Boston Bruins – black away jersey – the big bad Bruins always seemed menacing when they wore their dark, black away jerseys.
Growing up in the eighties, and dating back to the seventies, the Bruins always seemed to dress very tough but talented hockey teams. With Espositio, Orr, Park, Cheevers and later Bourque, Neely and Middleton, the Bruins were often the team to beat in the old Adams division.
Their traditional away jersey comes in as our number two pick in our list of the top 50 NHL jerseys of all-time. • Toronto Maple Leafs – blue jersey. Ah the Leafs. The Chicago Cubs of the NHL (well not quite, but you kind of get the feeling that they have been cursed in the past 40 years).
Another original six team with a simple yet classic hockey sweater. The dark traditional away jersey features the classic maple leaf logo with the simple white piping. There have been a few variations over the years but this one is our favorite. There have been some great Leafs players over the years, Keon, Sittler, Vaive, Clark and Sundin just to name a few. Whether you love them or hate them, you have to admit that the Leafs jersey is pretty cool. • Chicago Blackhawks – traditional red away jersey.
One of the greatest jerseys in any sport, the native chief logo is a classic. As one of the original six teams the Blackhawks jersey is cherished by fans both north and south of the border. • Philadelphia Flyers – black jersey. Our first non-original six jersey makes the list. While part of the original NHL expansion in 1967, the Flyers have had some pretty cool jerseys over the years that haven’t really changed that much from the original.
I am not sure if this started as the Flyers alternate third jersey but there is something about adding black to a jersey that makes it look more menacing. Maybe it is a result of the old silver and black of the Oakland Raiders of the NFL. Regardless this is a pretty sharp and mean looking jersey of the Philadelphia Flyers which hints of their past as the Broadstreet Bullies. • Detroit Red Wings – classic red and white jersey. Wow the original six are dominating the list thus far as the fifth entry goes to the classic sweater of the team from Motown.
We love the classic Canadian-like red with the spoked wing logo. Just think of all of the greats who have worn this hockey jersey: Gordie Howe, Terrible Ted Lindsay, Stevie Yzerman and yes Greg Stefan.
• Calgary Flames – red jersey with the black flaming “C”. Now lets get one thing straight. I am an Edmonton Oilers fan, so it pains me to see that a Flames jersey is ranking higher than my beloved Oilers’ jersey. However the Flames do have a cool logo and like we said adding black to a jersey really makes it look sharp. One thing we also like about the current Flames jersey is the fact that they place an Alberta flag on the shoulder as a secondary logo patch. Well done Flames marketing team. • Edmonton Oilers – classic orange, blue and white jersey.
Well it was close. The jersey that started it all for me as a hockey fan. The jersey that so many fans of the Oilers dynasty years wore in the eighties. This is pretty much the original jersey of the Oilers although the orange on the original was a few shades little. The classic logo with the oil drop. My current inventory of hockey jerseys includes this version with a #93 and Nugent-Hopkins on the back. The orange, white and blue actually go well together but we always that that replacing the blue with black may be an option to look at for a new third jersey.
Regardless the people have spoken and the classic dark Oilers jersey that they used for so many years as their away jersey comes in a#8. • Buffalo Sabres – original dark away jersey. Another expansion team that entered the league in 1970, the original Sabres jersey has a very cool logo and the bright blue trimmed with yellow and white looks great. The white home jersey from the same era is pretty sharp as well, look for that one to make our list a little later perhaps.
Over the years, especially in the late nineties the Sabres experimented with a few variations of their jerseys but this one is their best. • Vancouver Canucks – flying “V” jersey of the black variety. Oh we know that we are going to catch some heat for this one. From the late seventies into the early eighties the Canucks sported what many refer to as the worst NHL jersey of all-time. We beg to differ and not just because a few of us had one of these jerseys as a kid.
We love the color scheme and the “V” was more of a traditional look other than having the newly established Canucks skate logo.
When you think back to the Canucks first ever run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1982, you think of two things: coach Roger Neilson waving the white towel and King Richard Brodeur donning this jersey. While the Canucks have had some of the most diverse jerseys over the years, we do appreciate this one the most. • New York Rangers – classic white Rangers jersey. Rounding out the original six teams is the classic home jersey of the New York Rangers.
This is a simple jersey with the word “Rangers” appearing in a diagonal across the chest of the sweater. Simple but effective. • Los Angeles Kings – current black home jersey. The defending Stanley Cup champions enter our list in the number twelve spot. The Kings have had a number of jersey over the years since they entered the league in 1967 and some have been pretty well ugly to say the least.
The original yellow jersey the purple ones from the early 80’s. But then again they have done well with the black and silver as seen here with their current home jersey. • Minnesota North Stars – green away jersey. A cool logo and good use of the color green a color not seen on too many NHL hockey jerseys these days. • Ottawa Senators – centurion logo with roman piping. The Sens have a tough looking logo and great color scheme. What more can we say?
This jersey was an alternate jersey worn by the Senators and features some cool piping on the forearms and waist for a traditional yet modern look. • Pittsburgh Penguins – current black home jersey. The Pens have had some pretty crazy sweater transformations over the years, but we hockey fans enjoy the current version of the jersey as worn by Sidney Crosby and gang. A great logo and nicname for an NHL hockey franchise. • San Jose Sharks – teal jersey with classic Sharks logo.
The Sharks happen to be one of my favorite US based teams. Love the logo and the color scheme. My personal favorite Sharks jersey is their black jersey that they have supported in recent years, but this teal one from a few years back is pretty sharp as well. • New Jersey Devils – classic red away jersey. Previous to the current color scheme of the Devils which includes black, the color combo included a dark forest green which actually worked well with both the home and away jerseys.
You cannot beat this logo for a sports franchise. The Devils red away jersey makes our list in the number seventeen spot. • Tampa Bay Lightning – lightning bolt third jersey. With a nickname of Lightning you have to think that the logo and uniform design would be pretty cool. Well frankly there is room for improvement, but with a third jersey such as this with lightning bolts for piping, the team was taking a step in the right direction. • St. Louis Blues – classic logo with dark home jersey currently worn.
This jersey makes great use of the classic blue note logo. The Blues have always had a great logo and have experimented with some of the looks of their jersey. We appreciate their original home and away jerseys but these current ones just look more modern and flashy. • Winnipeg Jets – classic blue away jersey with original logo. Don’t get us wrong, we like the Jets new logo and jersey, but their original away jersey from the 80’s is a classic hockey jersey with its three color combo, straight line piping and logo front in center, this Jets jersey is a classic!
• Washington Capitals – original white home jersey. This is only our second white jersey of the bunch thus far. • Toronto Maple Leafs – classic white home jersey from the 80’s.
This one says it all. Great logo and simple two color pattern. • New York Americans – traditional sweater. This was a jersey that looked like a sweater. Very classy with the use of the stars and stripes and red, white and blue color combination. This one is a true classic that we feel could have even made out top ten. • Edmonton Oilers – white jersey. Reminiscent of their original white home jersey, the Oilers’ current white jersey is clean and sharp, just as a hockey sweater should be.
• Hartford Whalers – original green away jersey. Ah the Whalers. We were sad to seem them move to Carolina. Cool logo and again one of the few teams that can rock green as the dominant color of the jersey.
• St. Louis Blues classic white home jersey. Again great logo and just an overall sharp looking jersey. There have been slight variations over the years but this one seems to be one that many hockey fans appreciate. • Pittsburgh Pirates 1929-1930 final season hockey sweater – this jersey is a real beaut. The Pirates played their fifth and final season wearing these jerseys.
• Quebec Nordiques – white home jersey. Rumors persist that we may again see the Nordiques in the near future. Until then we can reminisce about the original Nords with a look back at this simple but dashing jersey. • Colorado Rockies – original away jersey. We always liked this logo which is similar to the state flag.
The team however was another story. • Anaheim Ducks black home jersey – the Ducks have had some pretty crazy jerseys since entering the league in the 90’s. This is one of their better ones. • Los Angeles Kings purple people eater jersey – we liked the crown and the purple really stood out.
The Kings wore this jersey on occasion for select games during the 2011-2012 season for a retro look going back to the late 70’s and early 80’s. • Vancouver Canucks – original white home jersey – this jersey, featuring the original logo, has been also used as a third jersey recently buy the team.
• Philadelphia Flyers orange jersey – not quite as bright as the original but with the great orange and black color combo still a sharp look from the Flyers. • Detroit Red Wings – original white jersey. Again more like a hockey sweater, the original Red Wings uniform features this simple but classy white with red trim and Red Wings wording across the front. • Buffalo Sabres original white home jersey – the great Sabres logo on the white jersey looks really bright and clean.
One of our all-time favs. • Chicago Blackhawks – retro jersey. this jersey features the original Blackhawks logo and great sweater-like striping.
• Pittsburgh Penguins original jerseys – same logo just different color scheme. • San Jose Sharks black third jersey – all black with the killer Sharks logo. This is a great jersey where the teal arm bands really stand out. Great menacing look. We would have rated this in our top ten as it really is one of our favorites. Like we said, something about adding black to a jersey really adds to the appeal of the jersey. • Nashville Predators yellow guitar pickin’ jersey.
The Preds have one of the greatest logos in all of sports and donned this jersey in 2011-2012. Who would of thought that a yellow jersey could look cool on a hockey team? We really like the secondary guitar pick logos on the shoulder. Music City’s team is dressed in style. • Cleveland Barons original away jersey – cool logo and nice shade of red for the jersey color. • Dallas Stars black “star” jersey – we really liked the design of this jersey featuring the unique star piping on the front and sides of the jersey.
Black with some gold and green trim. Very nice. • Los Angeles Kings – king of hearts third jersey. A lot of people hate this jersey. We think that it is pretty unique and like the playing card look resembling a king of spades playing card. With a hint of purple and grey and the main late 80’s Kings logo on the shoulders. One of the most unique hockey jerseys to have ever graced NHL ice.
• Colorado Avalanche – current white jersey – a bit of a different color combo. • Phoenix Coyotes – desert red, desert dog jersey. Howlin’ at the moon with this latest version of the Coyotes home jersey. • Nashville Predators original dark jersey – again great logo and cool color combo. • Winnipeg Jets version 2.0 white jersey.
We were really hoping that the Jets would use their original logo, but when they unveiled their new jerseys we were blown away. Many other hockey fans were as well as Winnipeg Jets merchandise was the top selling of the entire NHL in 2011-2012.
Great jersey! • Vancouver Canucks salmon jersey – the Canucks’ third entry to out top 50 list of the greatest NHL jerseys of all time features their third jersey they donned in the late 90’s. We like the color combination and the angle of the striping. A nice refreshing look featuring the Canucks’ skate logo.
This one is a beauty. • Ottawa Senators 1933 jersey – the jerseys of the 20’s and 30’s were more like hockey sweaters. For the most part they are all very sharp looking such as this one from the original Ottawa Senators. • Florida Panthers – home jersey. We love the logo and the moniker Panthers so this jersey had to be included on our list of the top NHL jerseys of all-time.
• New York Islanders white Captain Highliner jersey. – most hockey people totally dislike this Islanders jersey. Well some hockey fans actually think that it is pretty cool. The logo and font on the front is a little cartoonish but that is what makes this jersey so fun.
As a result, this version of New York Islanders jersey is good enough for #50 on our top 50 NHL hockey jerseys of all-time list. We hope you enjoy this list, again if you disagee, let us know why and perhaps we will use your feedback in an updated version of our list. Add us on Twitter @hockeyfanatics and share your opinion of the top NHL hockey jerseys of all-time.
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1 at the Centennial Classic in Toronto. Here are the 100 Greatest NHL Players: Centered Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay on famed 'Production Line' Legendary Maple Leafs center idolized for character, athleticism Tough, clean player was matinee idol for Rangers in 1950s, '60s One of game's greatest ambassadors won Stanley Cup 17 times as player, executive with Canadiens Electric performer won back-to-back scoring titles for Black Hawks, Stanley Cup three times with Maple Leafs Left wing on Canadiens' famed 'Punch Line' was embodiment of 'old-time hockey' Prolific scorer for Islanders dynasty, only man with nine straight 50-goal seasons Hall of Fame defenseman won Norris Trophy five times with Bruins, Stanley Cup with Avalanche in 2001 Playing into his 40s, goalie won four Stanley Cup championships with Maple Leafs Goalie thrived in playoffs, led Maple Leafs to five Stanley Cup titles, including three in row All-time leader in wins, saves, shutouts, games played led Devils to Stanley Cup three times Led Big Bad Bruins to two Stanley Cup championships; played 21 seasons in Boston 'Russian Rocket' led Canucks to Stanley Cup Final, won back-to-back goal-scoring titles with Panthers Played most games among League defensemen, won two Stanley Cup titles with Red Wings, one with Canadiens Was highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history when he retired in 1936 Talented, feisty center with incredible work ethic was face of Flyers championship teams Set single-season NHL record for goals by defenseman, helped Oilers to first three Stanley Cup titles Nicknamed 'The Big Bomber' for powerful shot, was second captain of Maple Leafs 'Roadrunner' used blazing speed to help Canadiens win 10 Stanley Cup titles 'Sid the Kid' has won Stanley Cup twice with Penguins, two Olympic gold medals, World Cup with Canada Two-way player with highlight-reel moves won Stanley Cup twice, Selke Trophy three times with Red Wings Captained Red Wings for 12 seasons, centered two versions of 'Production Line' with Gordie Howe Undersized 'offensive genius' fifth-leading goal-scorer in League history Canadiens goalie won Stanley Cup six times, Vezina Trophy five times, captured Conn Smythe Trophy year before being named top rookie Canadiens goalie began career at age 27, won Vezina Trophy six times in seven seasons Premier goal-scorer in early '70s helped Bruins win Stanley Cup twice Three-time Vezina Trophy winner holds Blackhawks records for shutouts, victories Two-way forward won three Stanley Cup titles with Red Wings, leads all Russians in assists, points Skilled, physical center was two-time Stanley Cup winner with Avalanche 'Captain Class' won Stanley Cup twice with Pittsburgh, has second-most assists in League history Goalie helped Oilers win five Stanley Cup championships, was first black player inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame Defensive forward big part of Canadiens dynasty in late 1970s, only man to win Selke Trophy four times Dazzling shooter, blazing skater had 17 30-goal seasons Legendary forward popularized slap shot, won Stanley Cup six times with Canadiens 'The Great One' all-time leader in goals, assists, points, holds 61 League records, won four Stanley Cup titles with Oilers Goalie helped Chicago end Stanley Cup drought in 1961, had NHL-record streak of 502 straight starts Six-time Stanley Cup champion keyed Canadiens' unstoppable power play 'The Dominator' won Vezina Trophy six times, only goalie to capture Hart Trophy twice Anchored Maple Leafs defense, was 'strongest player in hockey' Mr.
Hockey dominated foes on ice, inspired fans off it during historic five-decade career Blessed with blistering slap shot, won Stanley Cup, three Art Ross trophies with Black Hawks Fourth-leading goal scorer in League history won Stanley Cup title with Stars, Red Wings Workhorse wing won two Stanley Cup titles in Pittsburgh, second on NHL points list Prolific scorer won Stanley Cup three times with Blackhawks, was first United States-born player to win Art Ross Trophy Workhorse defenseman has won Stanley Cup three times, Norris Trophy twice, Conn Smythe Trophy with Blackhawks Won Stanley Cup eight times, four as defenseman with Red Wings, four as center with Maple Leafs Youngest to ever suit up for Maple Leafs, first to win Stanley Cup five times Led Maple Leafs to three straight Stanley Cup championships, four overall in 15 seasons with Toronto Understated end-to-end player was Wayne Gretzky's wingman during Oilers dynasty Was rugged center on Canadiens' famed 'Punch Line' with Maurice Richard, Toe Blake 'The Flower' won Stanley Cup five times with Canadiens, was first to score at least 50 goals, 100 points in six straight seasons Classy, hard-working forward ranks fifth in goals among United States-born players Understated Rangers defenseman first American to win Conn Smythe Trophy, last at his position to score 100 points in a season Two-way center won Stanley Cup eight times with Canadiens, scored two championship-winning goals Super scorer won Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy twice with Penguins, had 10 seasons of 100 points or more Stellar Swedish defenseman won four Stanley Cup championships, Norris Trophy seven times with Red Wings Dominant center formed Flyers' 'Legion of Doom' line with John LeClair, Mikael Renberg Left wing on Red Wings' famed 'Production Line' was fierce competitor for 17 seasons Rode devastating slap shot to Hall of Fame; won Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy with Flames Won Stanley Cup four times with Maple Leafs, twice with Canadiens, played on 'Production Line II' in Detroit Intense, emotional leader captained Oilers, Rangers to Stanley Cup Black Hawks center, one of greatest in League history, only man to win Hart, Art Ross, Lady Byng trophies in same season Superman on ice won Stanley Cup with Stars, became highest-scoring United States-born player in League history Six-time Stanley Cup winner with Canadiens was intense on ice, gentleman off it Thrilled Canadiens fans with one-man rushes, won Stanley Cup three times with Montreal Smooth-skating defenseman won Stanley Cup three times with Devils, once with Ducks Hall of Fame center won Stanley Cup with three franchises Consummate playmaker has fourth-most assists among centers, made magic with Brett Hull on Blues Bruins legend revolutionized defenseman position, won Stanley Cup twice, Norris Trophy eight times Big, strong, fast Capitals wing is 1,000-point scorer, three-time Hart Trophy winner In back-to-back seasons, Flyers goalie won Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe and Vezina trophies Puck-moving, physical defenseman retired as all-time assist leader at his position, went to Cup Final with Rangers, twice with Bruins Elusive skater centered Sabres' famed 'French Connection' line First NHL goalie to regularly wear mask won Stanley Cup six times with Canadiens Prolific defenseman anchored Islanders dynasty in 1980s Physically dominant defenseman won Stanley Cup with Ducks, two Olympic gold medals for Canada Graceful skater centered Vic Hadfield, Rod Gilbert on Rangers' famed 'GAG Line' Magician on ice, 'Pocket Rocket' member of record 11 Stanley Cup championship teams Cultural icon in Montreal, 'Rocket' won Stanley Cup eight times, including five in a row with Canadiens Bruising Canadiens defenseman won six Stanley Cup titles, Norris Trophy two times Ninth-round draft pick became highest-scoring left wing in League history Clutch goaltender won two Stanley Cup titles with Canadiens, two with Avalanche, Vezina Trophy three times Captained Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles, had decorated career with Canada Pioneering Maple Leafs defenseman first European star in League Gifted center sparked Blackhawks revival in 1980s Stay-at-home defenseman formed Canadiens' 'Big Three' with Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, won Stanley Cup eight times with Montreal Four-time Vezina Trophy winner helped Red Wings win Stanley Cup three times in four seasons Bruins legend centered 'Kraut Line,' won Stanley Cup twice as player, two more times as executive 'Finnish Flash' scored 76 goals as rookie, won Stanley Cup with Ducks in 2007 Gritty wing won Stanley Cup three times with Red Wings First great Bruins defenseman was 'Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb of hockey' Popular, hard-working Maple Leafs captain scored record 10 points in game 'Battlin'' goalie racked up Stanley Cup titles, penalty minutes during Islanders dynasty Defected with brother from Czechoslovakia to Nordiques, first rookie to score 100 points Hard-hitting defenseman captained Devils to three Stanley Cup titles Longtime Maple Leafs captain only Swedish-born player with 500 NHL goals Captained Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup titles, won Conn Smythe Trophy in 2010 'Natural born center' won four Stanley Cup championships with Islanders, two with Penguins Ironman for Canadiens had goaltending trophy named after him 'Ultimate captain' helped lead Red Wings to three Stanley Cup titles NHL.com is the official web site of the National Hockey League.
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The of all time are undoubtably the most talented and most decorated hockey players ever to take the ice in the National Hockey League. These NHL greats hold countless spots in the NHL record books, a fan favorites and if they haven't already been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, they surely will be when they are eligible. Plain and simple, these are hockey gods. Easily earning the title as "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky is arguably among the very elite hockey players ever.
Holding NHL records for everything from lifetime goals to the most goals in a season to the most career assists, points and even short-handed goals, there was little Gretzky didn't dominate during his 20 seasons in the National Hockey League.
While Gretzky is "The Great One," he's far from the only great one. Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe, is right up there with Gretzky with an impressive hockey career that lasted until he was 52 years of age.
Along with other NHL legends like Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Mark Messier and Maurice Richard, these hockey greats dominated the league during their time.
Many will follow in the footsteps, or skate strides, of these all-time best NHL players but few will ever reach the level of greatness that these talented men have. Who is your all-time favorite NHL star?
How would you rank these top NHL players of all time? Tell us by voting for your favorites below, adding any that are missed or even re-ranking this list of the best NHL players of all time below. Looking for more detailed rankings by position? Check out the and the rankings too! Photo: via Reddit 1
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