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 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.
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.
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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