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The draft is in the rear-view mirror and many free agents are tied around the league, with a good portion of the titles around the National Hockey League starting to become like water levels in the state of California. Even though it is There is always something to discuss in the world of hockey, why not have a little discussion with the five biggest hockey players of all time? Enjoy yourself
1: Jaromir Jagr
This name may come as a surprise sometime at the top of the list. A quick look at Jerome Jagger’s track record should eliminate any anger. Five scoring titles, three Lester Pearson (now Ted Lindsey), and one Hart, Jagger are all individual honorees on the first Belt Hall of Famer.
If it weren’t for Mario Lemieux, the Jaguars would easily have become the biggest “guy” in hockey history. An incredible force that combines unmatched strength, size, and superb ability to fit the opposition. He could easily have achieved more than 800 career goals if he had not taken a three-year sabbatical in Siberia. To boot, Jagger is still a productive and sought after NHL player thanks to his training and fitness dedication at the age of 43.
2: Gordie Howe
Before Wayne Gretzky turned around, Gordie Howe was and remains the only player to record more than 800 goals in NHL history. “Mr. Hawkeye “wrote the NHL record book before Gretzky took control of it, adding some incredible statistics before the 1980 offensive explosion and at a time when defenders were essentially allowed to kill attackers.
With six MVP trophies in a span of a decade, Hove describes his period as domination. His career stretches from the end of World War II to the heart of the Cold War, playing 32 seasons of professional hockey between the NHL and the World Hockey Association. It’s just crazy. Known for his toughness, Howe’s name lives on in Hockey Jurgen via “Gordie Howe Hat Trick”, where a player records goals, assists, and fights.
3: Mario Lemieux
Before we discuss Mario Lemieux’s NHL career, let’s put it out there: he had 282 (!!!) points in just 70 games last season for the Lions. Lemieux was the first of its kind when he arrived in the NHL. Six-foot-four, a giant with a 200-pound frame that can slide into a phone booth and skate like the wind.
He recorded some really surprising state lines throughout his career, coming close to breaking the 200 mark with 85 goals and 114 assists in the 1988-89 season. Sadly, his career was interrupted by repeated bouts of poor health, which forced him to retire for three seasons in his prime. In addition to health, Lemieux was sick of clutching and catching the game that marked the first move to the NHL, finally reviewing his rules in the 2005 lockout. On the ice, Lemieux was unarguably the greatest player in the NHL. He was also remembered for his generosity through the Lemieux Foundation, who funded cancer research in hopes of finding a cure.
4: Bobby Orr
Bobby Orr is the ultimate “what if” story in NHL history. Limited to just six full seasons in the league, Orr dominated his tenure by completing the art of offensive defense. Although athletes such as Doug Harvey paved the way for defensive players to get in the game, Orr took that philosophy to a whole new level. Orr has changed the game so much that there is a Bobby Orr talking about making the trophy to the best offensive defenseman.
Thanks to a fast and powerful step, Orr was able to skate around the entire team, often playing from coast to coast. Much like Gretzky, Orr was able to think of the game on a completely different plane than the rest. He is the gold standard of defensive players, recording the most points and assists in a season with 139 and 102, respectively. Orr’s influence went off the ice, though he was a prominent name, leading the charge against angry player agent Alan Eagleson.
5: Wayne Gretzky
Where To Start With Wayne Gretzky? The NHL record book may be named “The Memoirs of Wayne Gretzky,” because he wrote it throughout his career. The only player in NHL history to record 200 points in a single season, Gretzky has won four times in his career. He recorded the most goals scored in a single season with 92 red lights, and also recorded the fastest 50 goals in a season in a ridiculous 39 games. On top of that, he highlighted California’s interest in sports thanks to his stint with the Los Angeles Kings, eventually turning Golden State into one of the fastest growing hockey hotbeds in the United States.
In Gretzky’s place, the arguments against the best hockey players of all time are everywhere: he played in the right era, on the right team, in the right system, bad goals, etc., but still no player has dominated his game like Gretzky. is the. Done, and it’s hard to imagine anyone ever doing that. Not the most physically gifted, “The Great One” could prevail thanks to his Jedi Master-like imagination and expectations of the game. Others have come close, but no one has done it to the degree and Gretzky did with the same longevity, making him the greatest hockey.