My 10 Most Memorable Hockey Players

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  1. Bronko

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    1. Ken Dryden
    2. Serge Savard
    3. Rocket Richard
    4. Bobby Hull
    5. Anders Hedberg
    6. Sidney Crosby
    7. Gretzky
    8. Mario
    9. Eddy Shack
    10. Valery Kharmalov

    Hon. mentions - Terry Sawchuk, Jean Beliveau, Pierre Bouchard, Ulf Nilson, Red Light Racicotte, Larry Hillman, Doug Harvey, Dave Keon, Gump Worsley, Cesare Maniago, Gordon Howe, Stevie Y, Stamkos, Bob Probert, Rogatien Vachon, Z Chara.
     
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    Bobby Hull
    Phil Esposito
    Yvan Cournoyer
    Jacques Plante
    Anders Hedberg
    Teemu Selanne
    Serge Savard
    Bobby Orr
    Gerry Cheevers
    Bernie Parent
    (11) Derek Sanderson: Had to get him in there!
    (12) Dale Hawerchuk: Him too!!
     
  3. Bronko

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    Can't believe I forgot Number forrrrrr, Bobby Orrrrrr..... he was amazingly memorable although I was a bruin-hater for most of my early life....

    At times another guy who could inject himself into a lethargic game was Guy Lafleur.

    Hate Tim Thomas but any man shaped like a cereal box and winning a ring has to garner admiration....

    Johnny Bower was a late leaf callup - around 42 or 43 when he hit the big-time....

    Would have loved to watch some of the following old-timers in their primes

    Eddy Shore, Ted Lindsey, Howie Morenz
     
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    I loved Lafleur as well but you made the list so short. I still had to cheat & sneak 12 in.
     
  5. Christoph

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    That's an interesting question. I mean guys like Gretzky and Lemieux are a given but for me the first player that jumps to mind is actually Joe Sakic. I didn't really watch a lot of hockey when I was younger but one thing that stands out is my dead yelling, "watch that Sakic! watch that Sakic!" when he took it to Kirk McLean and the Canucks in the playoffs way back when.

    Patrick Roy with all his line jumping, bobble headed quirks also springs quickly to mind.

    Then there's the dominant Czech duo of Jagr and Hasek. Man did I hate those two guys. Hasek has easily the most memorably distinct goaltending style I've ever seen. You guys have been around a little longer, does anyone weirder come to mind for you? Now that I look back I really do miss his dramatics.

    Pavel Bure and his highlight reel breakaways readily come to mind.

    Scott Stevens is another very memorable player, but not for good reasons. He wiped out too many careers for my liking. I will never like the guy.

    The first player I ever became a huge fan of though was Paul Kariya. I loved his speed and skill as the other half of the Ducks dynamic duo.

    It may be too soon to throw Crosby into this mix but he will rightly be there when I look back in a decade or two. I suspect Stamkos and Ovechkin will give him a run for his money too though... not to overlook Malkin but he just doesn't quite have the same flair.

    My list? In no particular order

    1. Sakic
    2. Lemieux
    3. Gretzky
    4. Hasek
    5. Jagr
    6. Bure
    7. Roy
    8. Stevens
    9. Kariya
    10. Crosby





    Oh yeah and then there's that Jarome guy... ;)

    Move over Scott Stevens. I'm sorry but someone's gotta elbow you in the head to knock off this list and make room!
     
  6. Rids

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    I'll give this a shot...

    1. Joe Malone
    2. Wayne Gretzky
    3. Rocket Richard
    4. Lionel Conacher
    5. Martin Brodeur
    6. Bobby Orr
    7. Gordie Howe
    8. Terry Sawchuk
    9. Cy Taylor
    10. Jean Beliveau
    11. Paul Coffey
    12. Mark Messier
    13. Scott Stevens
    14. Scott Neidermayer
    15. Patrick Roy
    16. Mario Lemeiux
    17. Newsy Lalonde
    18. Georges Vezina
    19. Tiny Thompson
    20. Sly Apps

    Hard to stop at 10.
     
  7. Christoph

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    You couldn't possibly have watched Georges Vezina play. :O

    EDIT: what no smiley with a shocked, jaw dropped expression on its face?
     
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    No rules about watching them was there? But I have watched some old games from the 40s. Wish I could've seen Joe Malone play! 44 goals in 20 games! What a guy!
     
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    Lol you can't have deeply ingrained memories of guys you never watched can you? Unless you grew up watching hockey history tapes. :p
     
  10. Bronko

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    Watching old film of 30s and 40s hockey games - thats like watching old Brier films (curling) from the 40s to the 60s - you're lucky if you get a peek at the winning shot plus some guy smoking a cigarette while sweeping!
     
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    I have watched my share and likely the shares of a few others. I could live in the hockey hall of fame archives...
     

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