The Best NHL Players of All Time Hockey Players

The Best NHL Players of All Time

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The best NHL players 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 best NHL defensemen of all time and the best hockey goaltenders of all time rankings too!

List Criteria: NHL players only.

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  1. 1
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    1948 More
    100
  2. 2
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    1965 More
    100
  3. 3
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    the people's #1
    Wayne Gretzky

    1961 More
    100
  4. 4
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    most listed &ranked low on reranks
    Gordie Howe

    1928 More
    99
  5. 5
    Up 183
    Down 56
    1921 More
    94
  6. 6
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    Down 72

    often listed
    Bobby Hull

    1939 More
    87
  7. 7
    Up 184
    Down 74
    1965 More
    86
  8. 8
    Up 141
    Down 56
    1951 More
    85
  9. 9
    Up 137
    Down 64

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mark Messier

    1961 More
    81
  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Nicklas Lidström

    1970 More
    81
  11. 11
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    1960 More
    81
  12. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jaromír Jágr

    1972 More
    79
  13. 13
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    Down 37
    1942 More
    79
    added by: klubibar
  14. 14
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    Down 69

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Patrick Roy

    1965 More
    77
  15. 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joe Sakic

    1969 More
    77
  16. 16
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    ranked low on reranks
    Mike Bossy

    1957 More
    74
    added by: klubibar
  17. 17
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    often listed
    Jean Béliveau

    1931 More
    73
    added by: klubibar
  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Martin Brodeur

    1972 More
    73
  19. 19
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    Down 68

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Forsberg

    1973 More
    70
  20. 20
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    Down 59

    often listed
    Paul Coffey

    1961 More
    70
  21. 21
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dominik Hašek

    1965 More
    70
    added by: klubibar
  22. 22
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Terry Sawchuk

    1929 More
    69
  23. 23
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eddie Shore

    1902 More
    68
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  24. 24
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chris Chelios

    1962 More
    68
  25. 25
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    ranked low on reranks
    Brett Hull

    1964 More
    67
  26. 26
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    ranked low on reranks
    Marcel Dionne

    1951 More
    67
  27. 27
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stan Mikita

    1940 More
    67
    added by: klubibar
  28. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Larry Robinson

    1951 More
    67
  29. 29
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Doug Harvey

    1924 More
    67
    added by: klubibar
  30. 30
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    Down 47
    1978 More
    66
    added by: Harrison1
  31. 31
    Up 57
    Down 24
    1936 More
    65
  32. 32
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    Down 26

    ranked low on reranks
    Ted Lindsay

    1925 More
    65
  33. 33
    Up 56
    Down 34

    often listed
    Howie Morenz

    1902 More
    65
    added by: klubibar
  34. 34
    Up 58
    Down 32

    ranked high on reranks
    Jacques Plante

    1929 More
    63
  35. 35
    Up 59
    Down 34

    often listed
    Bobby Clarke

    1949 More
    62
    added by: klubibar
  36. 36
    Up 53
    Down 27

    ranked low on reranks
    Bryan Trottier

    1956 More
    62
    added by: klubibar
  37. 37
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    Down 28
    1970 More
    61
    added by: klubibar
  38. 38
    Up 55
    Down 28
    1935 More
    60
  39. 39
    Up 63
    Down 37
    1969 More
    59
  40. 40
    Up 52
    Down 32
    1950 More
    59
  41. 41
    Up 43
    Down 23
    1969 More
    58
  42. 42
    Up 58
    Down 43

    ranked high on reranks
    Jari Kurri

    1960 More
    58
    added by: klubibar
  43. 43
    Up 50
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bernie Geoffrion

    1931 More
    57
  44. 44
    Up 69
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    often listed
    Sidney Crosby

    1987 More
    57
    added by: BlakeMangone
  45. 45
    Up 40
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Pat LaFontaine

    1965 More
    57
  46. 46
    Up 43
    Down 27
    1970 More
    56
  47. 47
    Up 31
    Down 14

    ranked low on reranks
    Cam Neely

    1965 More
    56
  48. 48
    Up 47
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    often listed
    Denis Potvin

    1953 More
    55
    added by: klubibar
  49. 49
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    ranked high on reranks
    Peter Šťastný

    1956 More
    55
  50. 50
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    ranked high on reranks
    Scott Niedermayer

    1973 More
    55
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