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List of famous ice hockey players, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top ice hockey players in the world? This includes the most prominent ice hockey players, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable ice hockey players is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic ice hockey players were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned ice hockey players.

Wayne Gretzky and Alexander Ovechkin are included on this list. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known ice hockey players to the lesser known ice hockey players of today, these are some of the best professionals in the ice hockey player field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous ice hockey players ever?" and "What are the names of famous ice hockey players?" then you're in the right place.
Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
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Wayne Douglas Gretzky, CC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed "The Great One", he has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. He is the leading point-scorer in NHL history, with more assists than any other player has points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular-season ...more

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#13 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#1 on The Best NHL Players of All Time

#10 on The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

#5 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

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Nick Kypreos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
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Nikos Kypreos is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger of Greek descent. He played eight seasons in the National Hockey League for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is currently a hockey analyst on the Sportsnet cable television network in Canada. ...more

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Brian Leetch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
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Brian Joseph Leetch is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 18 National Hockey League seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins. He is generally considered one of the top defensemen in NHL history, being particularly noted for his skating, offense, and playmaking abilities. He and fellow Rangers teammate Mike Richter were inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. Leetch was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto the following year. Leetch accumulated many individual honors during his 18-year career. He was a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's best defenseman and was the first American-born winner of the ...more

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#26 on The Best Defensemen in NHL History

#4 on The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time

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David Oliver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
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David Lee Oliver is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played several seasons in the National Hockey League. ...more

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