This was when there were only six teams in the National Hockey League and the best teams were from Montreal and Detroit.
Doug Harvey (D) - Montreal
Jean Beliveau (C) - Montreal
Ted Lindsay (LW) - Detroit
Gordie Howe (RW) - Detroit - Played 32 seasons, from 1942 to 1980, scoring 15 goals in 80 games at the age of 51.
In 1968 the NHL doubled in size, denuding the vibrant minor league systems of their best players.
Andy Bathgate (RW) - 4 teams - Tough choice. Could have gone with Howe again but his best seasons were in the 1950's. Andy is the only player on this list I actually saw play in person when he was in the Western Hockey League at the age of 37.
Stan Mikita (C) - Chicago
Pierre Pilote (D) - Chicago
Glenn Hall (G) - Chicago & St. Louis
Bobby Orr (D) - Boston - The greatest defenseman to ever play the game. Bobby is the one flying through the air after scoring the tying goal that led to Boston's 1970 Stanley Cup victory.
Guy Lafleur (RW) - Montreal
John Bucyk (LW) - Boston
Bobby Clark (C) - Philadelphia - I could have gone with Phil Esposito but I just always liked Clark better. He was scrappier.
Ken Dryden (G) - Montreal
Mark Messier (LW) - Edmonton
Mike Bossy (RW) - New York Islanders
Paul Coffey (D) - Edmonton & Pittsburgh
Patrick Roy (G) - Montreal
Jaromir Jagr (RW) - Pittsburgh
Luc Robitaille (LW) - 3 teams
Mario Lemieux (C) - Pittsburgh - Ended up saving hockey in Pittsburgh and owning the franchise.
Ray Bourque (D) - Boston
Alex Ovechkin (LW) - Washington - Crosby's equal but does it through brute force and boundless energy. Red uniform.
Jarome Iginla (RW) - Calgary
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) - Detroit
Martin Brodeur (G) - New Jersey - Holds the record for most win.
The worst NHL player ever may have been Bill Mikkelson. In three seasons his plus/minus was -147 in 147 games. Meaning his just stepping on the ice was worth a full goal for his opponent.
San Diego Gulls
- Most Goals & Most Assists - Len Ronson
- Most Goaltender Wins - Jack McCartan
- Best Player - Willie O'Ree (pictured)