The Top 100 NHL Hockey Players of All Time

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To mark the fiftieth anniversary of The Hockey News, fifty eminent observers of the game selected The Top 50 NHL Players of All Time. As it happens, when the original list was published in The Hockey News, it inspired every possible reaction, from benign approval to anguished rage, among broadcasters, reporters, and fans from one end of North America to the other. No one can doubt the authority of the selectors, but every great player has his own admirers who are keen to make the case for higher placement. Now, ...
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To mark the fiftieth anniversary of The Hockey News, fifty eminent observers of the game selected The Top 50 NHL Players of All Time. As it happens, when the original list was published in The Hockey News, it inspired every possible reaction, from benign approval to anguished rage, among broadcasters, reporters, and fans from one end of North America to the other. No one can doubt the authority of the selectors, but every great player has his own admirers who are keen to make the case for higher placement. Now, in this splendid, full-colour collector's book, the list has been expanded to include The Top 100 NHL Players of All Time and the debate can be renewed with vigour.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780771041754
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/24/1998
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Montreal-born Steve Dryden studied journalism at Carleton University and then worked the sports beat with the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder and the Woodstock Sentinel-Review. He joined The Hockey News in 1985, subsequently became editor-in-chief, and now is editor-in-chief and publisher. He continues to play hockey himself in Toronto, where he makes his home.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Habs Dominate Top 100 Players 8
No Higher Level 9
1 Wayne Gretzky: The Greatest One Bar None 13
2 Bobby Orr: The Killer "B" 20
3 Gordie Howe: Mr. Hockey 26
4 Mario Lemieux: Greatest Physical Talent Ever 33
5 Maurice Richard: Rocket Ride to Superstardom 36
6 Doug Harvey: Blueline Great Passing Fancy 40
7 Jean Beliveau: "Le Gros Bill" Dignity on Ice 42
8 Bobby Hull: "Golden Jet" Flew above Rest 44
9 Terry Sawchuk: Shutout King Showdown Star 46
10 Eddie Shore: Shore Defined Game's Early Era 48
11 Guy Lafleur: Flower Power Ruled NHL Rinks 50
12 Mark Messier: Victory: Mark of Magnificence 52
13 Jacques Plante: Man of Vision Solitary Figure 54
14 Ray Bourque: Ice Craftsman of Highest Order 56
15 Howie Morenz: The Legend Has Never Died 58
16 Glenn Hall: Floating Like a Butterfly 60
17 Stan Mikita: Change of Heart to Hart Trophy 62
18 Phil Esposito: Star Hot Shot from the Slot 64
19 Denis Potvin: An Islander Unto Himself 67
20 Mike Bossy: More Magician than Marksman 68
21 Ted Lindsay: Spirit Could Not Be Broken 70
22 Red Kelly: A Championship Two-Way Force 72
23 Bobby Clarke: Broad Street's Leader of the Puck 74
24 Larry Robinson: Imposing Control in Game 76
25 Ken Dryden: Choosing a Path Less Travelled 78
26 Frank Mahovlich: They Called Him "The Big M" 80
27 Milt Schmidt: Captain of Courage and Conviction 82
28 Paul Coffey: Blueline Bullet: Speed Thrills 84
29 Henri Richard: Hockey Heaven Times Eleven 86
30 Bryan Trottier: True MVP: Most Versatile Player 88
31 Dickie Moore: Stubborn Streak and Cup Streak 90
32 Newsy Lalonde: Surviving, Thriving in "Mug's Racket" 92
33 Syl Apps: Man of Distinction on and off Ice 94
34 Bill Durnan: The Wonderful Dr. Strangeglove 96
35 Patrick Roy: True Believer in Own Powers 98
36 Charlie Conacher: Here's Looking at You, Kid 100
37 Jaromir Jagr: Singular Talent Sets Him Apart 102
38 Marcel Dionne: Little Big Man Super Scorer 104
39 Joe Malone: Setting NHL's Goal Standard 106
40 Chris Chelios: Warrior's Credo: Play to Win 108
41 Dit Clapper: Hallmarks Were Power, Precision 110
42 Bernie Geoffrion: Banging the Drum for Boom Boom 112
43 Tim Horton: Strength Down the Middle 114
44 Bill Cook: Straw that Stirred the Drink 116
45 Johnny Bucyk: Substance More than Style 118
46 George Hainsworth: Zero Hero Efficiency Expert 120
47 Gilbert Perreault: Explosive Force Shredded Foes 123
48 Max Bentley: Slick and Sick Pivot Dominated 124
49 Brad Park: From Sensation to Statesman 126
50 Jari Kurri: Responsible and Responsive 129
Top 50 Update 130
The Next 50 133
Dates with Destiny 148
Deadly Duo: Rock Solid and Rocketman 151
On the Horizon 152
Index 158
Acknowledgements 160
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