Top 4 NHL Players of All-Time

Wayne Gretzky

Gretzky is arguably the best player to have ever played in the NHL, and if you do not agree with me go and take a look at his resume. He is the only player in NHL history to total over 200 points in a single season, and he was able to do this four times. During his career, he played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers. After retiring from the game in 1999, he won 4 Stanley Cup Championships and held an astonishing 60 NHL records. There may never be another player to dominate a game like he did.

Bobby Orr  

Bobby Orr played twelve seasons in the NHL, and let me tell you, they were special. He spent 10 of those seasons playing for the Boston Bruins and two of them for the Chicago Blackhawks. During his tenure in the NHL, he won eight straight Norris Trophies, which is given to the NHL’s best defenceman, and three consectutive Hart Trophies as the NHL’s MVP. Sadly, Orr’s career was cut short due constant knee injuries. Many people wonder how much more Orr could have done if he had two healthy knees. In 1979, he was inducted in the Hockey Hall of fame, the youngest to be inducted at that time.

Mario Lemieux

Lemieux, another NHL great, spend his entire NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Before he retired, Lemieux racked up 630 goals and 1,033 assists- an impressive feat to say the least. He also won the Art Ross Trophy six times during his impressive career, which is given to the league’s points leader. He led the the Penguins to two Stanley Cup champions as a player in 1991 and 1992 and won one as an owner in 2009. In 1997, he was inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame.

Gordie Howe

Howe played an incredible 26 seasons in the NHL. From 1950 to 1954, Howe led the league in scoring and led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup Championships.  He was a dominant force both on the ice and in the stat sheets. After he retired in 1980, he complied 801 goals, 1,049 assists and 1,850 points. He would be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

 

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Top New York Rangers of All-Time

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The New York Rangers are a successful franchise that have enjoyed four Stanley Cup championships during their existence. They have had numerous legends put on the rangers uniform throughout the years. Here are some of the top Rangers of All time:

Mark Messier

Mark Messier was fan favorite among the New York Ranger fans and one of the greatest NHL players of all-time. In 1991, the Edmonton Oilers traded him to the Rangers. It was a move the Rangers felt would finally put them over the hump and put them in a situation to win the Stanley Cup. In his first season in New York, he scored an impressive 35 goals and tallied up 107 points to earn his second MVP award. This was an impressive accolade to the say the least. However, Messier knew what his main objective was when he arrived in New York and that was to bring championship back to the big apple! No one will forget what he did during 1994 playoffs. The Rangers were down 3-2 in the series to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference playoffs and Messier “guaranteed” a win to tie up the series. Well, Messier kept his promise as the Rangers would go on to win that game and he would score 3 goals! Messier would then lead the rangers to a stanley cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks for the first time in 54 years!

Brian Leetch

Brian Leetch is considered one of the greatest rangers of all time.  He was drafted by the Rangers in the first round of the 1987-88 NHL draft and the rest was history. Leetch enjoyed so much success during his days with the blue shirts as he would also win the Rookie of the Year award. This was sign of great things to come.  During the Ranger’s Stanley Cup run in 1994, Leetch would have a stellar postseason and win the Conn Smythe Trophy for Playoff MVP. The Rangers retired his jersey in 2008 in front of a great crowd at Madison Square Garden.

Mike Richter

Mike Richter is one of the best goalies to ever play for the Rangers. One of Richter’s best years with the team came during the Rangers playoff run and he couldn’t have picked a better time to do. He was standing on his head throughout the Stanley Cup run especially in both Game 7 games against the Canucks and Devils. He was also elected to 3 All-star games as a Ranger.

Rod Gilbert

Gilbert was the first New York Ranger to ever get his number retired, which is an honor and it shows how much he meant to the franchise. He spent 15 successful seasons with the blue shirts. Even though he was never able win the Stanley cup he was still considered one of the best ever. Gilbert still holds the rangers record for most goals with team at 406. A record that does not look like will broken anytime soon.

Adam Graves

Graves was a key part of the Rangers Stanley Cup run. His hardwork and determination never went unnoticed by the Ranger faithful. During his career he would score 280 goals, which included his 52 goal season in 1994. Graves also got in number retired in 2009.

 

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