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List of Famous Ice Hockey Players

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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
Wayne Douglas Gretzky (; born January 26, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams ...more

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Nick Kypreos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Nikos Kypreos (born June 4, 1966) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey left winger who played eight seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Hartford Whalers, Washington ...more
Brian Leetch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Brian Joseph Leetch (born March 3, 1968) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 18 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple ...more

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David Oliver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
David Lee Oliver (born April 17, 1971) is a Canadian assistant coach for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL) and a former professional ice hockey player who played several ...more
Craig MacTavish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Craig MacTavish (born August 15, 1958) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive and former player. He is the current head coach of the Russian KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He played ...more
Mike Richter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Mike Richter
Michael Thomas Richter (born September 22, 1966) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender. He played his entire career with the New York Rangers organization, and led the team to ...more
Harry Howell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Henry Vernon Howell (December 28, 1932 – March 9, 2019) was a Canadian professional hockey player and longtime star for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League.

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Ivan Wilfred 'Ching' Joh... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Ivan Wilfred 'Ching' Johnson
Ivan Wilfred "Ching" Johnson (December 7, 1898 – June 16, 1979) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the New York Rangers and New York Americans in the ...more
Myles Lane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Myles Stanley J. Lane (October 2, 1903 – August 6, 1987) was a professional ice hockey player, college football player and coach, and New York Supreme Court justice. He was the last surviving ...more
Tim Horton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Miles Gilbert "Tim" Horton (January 12, 1930 – February 21, 1974) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He was a defenceman for 24 seasons in the National Hockey League. He ...more

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Jay Caufield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
John Jay Caufield (born July 17, 1960) is an American former NHL right winger. Caufield was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was raised in the Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania, area ...more
Bill Goldsworthy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
William Alfred Goldsworthy (August 24, 1944 – March 29, 1996) was a professional ice hockey right winger who played for three teams in the National Hockey League for 14 seasons between 1964 and ...more

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Dave Balon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
David Alexander Balon (August 2, 1938 – May 29, 2007) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach. Balon played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League between 1959 and 1973 before ...more
Sandis Ozoliņš is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Sandis Ozoliņš (born August 3, 1972), commonly spelled Sandis Ozolinsh in North America, is a Latvian former professional ice hockey player and coach. During his career in North America, Ozoliņš ...more
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Henrik Lundqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɛnːrɪk ²lɵnːdkvɪst]; born 2 March 1982) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League ...more

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Brendan Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Brendan Frederick Shanahan (born January 23, 1969) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive and former player who currently serves as the president and alternate governor for the Toronto ...more

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Ned Harkness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Nevin D. "Ned" Harkness (September 19, 1919 – September 19, 2008) was an NCAA head coach of ice hockey and lacrosse at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University and of ...more
Chris Drury is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Christopher Ellis Drury (born August 20, 1976) is an American former professional ice hockey player who most recently played with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He ...more

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Mike Gartner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Michael Alfred Gartner (born October 29, 1959) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey right winger who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Washington Capitals, ...more

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Clint Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Clinton James "Snuffy" Smith (December 12, 1913 – May 19, 2009) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and head coach best known for his time spent in the National Hockey League ...more
Carey Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
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Ted Donato is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Edward Paul Donato (born April 28, 1969) is a retired American ice hockey player who played in the NHL. Since he retired from professional hockey as a player in 2004, he has served as the head ...more
Tony Granato is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Anthony Lewis Granato (born July 25, 1964) is an American former professional ice hockey left winger and current head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey team. He served as head ...more

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Andy Bathgate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
Andrew James "Andy" Bathgate (August 28, 1932 – February 26, 2016) was a Canadian professional ice hockey right wing who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the ...more

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Alex Gray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Ice Hockey Players
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