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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!
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Max Bentley is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Max Bentley Centerman

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Steve Yzerman is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Steve Yzerman Centerman

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Brad Park is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Brad Park Defenseman

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Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Duncan Keith Defenseman

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Boris Mikhailov is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time

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Newsy Lalonde is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Newsy Lalonde Centerman, Forward

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Bobby Clarke is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Bobby Clarke Centerman

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Jari Kurri is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time

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Doug Harvey is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Doug Harvey Defenseman

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Mike Modano is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time

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Mike Vernon is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Mike Vernon Goaltender

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Denis Savard is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Denis Savard Centerman

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Red Kelly is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Red Kelly Centerman, Defenseman

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Al MacInnis is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Al MacInnis Defenseman

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Johnny Bucyk is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Johnny Bucyk Left Wing

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Sergei Makarov is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time

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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Sidney Crosby Centerman

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Dennis Maruk is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Dennis Maruk Centerman

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Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Evgeni Malkin Centerman

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Ron Francis is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Ron Francis Centerman

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Jean Ratelle is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Jean Ratelle Centerman

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Norm Ullman is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Norm Ullman Centerman

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Jacques Plante is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Jacques Plante Goaltender

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Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Shea Weber Defenseman

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Mike Gartner is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Mike Gartner Right wing

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Frank Mahovlich is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time

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Grant Fuhr is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Grant Fuhr Goaltender

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Reggie Leach is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Reggie Leach Right wing

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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Alexander Ovechkin Left Wing

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Brian Sutter is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Brian Sutter Left Wing

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Alex Delvecchio is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Alex Delvecchio Centerman

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Dave Keon is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Dave Keon Centerman

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Alexander Maltsev is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time

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Rod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Rod Gilbert Right wing

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Babe Pratt is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Babe Pratt Defenseman

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Milt Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Milt Schmidt Centerman

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Scott Stevens is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Scott Stevens Defenseman

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Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Henrik Sedin Centerman

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Daniel Alfredsson is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Daniel Alfredsson Right wing

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Steve Larmer is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Steve Larmer Right wing

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Kent Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Kent Nilsson Centerman

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Larry Robinson is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Larry Robinson Defenseman

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Charlie Conacher is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Charlie Conacher Right wing

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Pierre Pilote is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Pierre Pilote Defenseman

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Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Drew Doughty Defenseman

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Bill Cowley is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Bill Cowley Centerman

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Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time

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Cy Denneny is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Cy Denneny Left Wing

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Doug Wilson is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Doug Wilson Defenseman

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Jarome Iginla is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best NHL Players of All Time
Jarome Iginla Right wing