Mount Rushmore: A national monument where the image of four of America's greatest presidents—Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt—are carved into the rocks of a mountainside near Keystone, South Dakota.
But what if each NHL team had their own Mount Rushmore: A monument recognizing the four players who have meant the most to the franchise?
For some teams, it's fairly easy. For Original Six clubs, however, with 80-plus years of history, choosing just four will be very difficult.
Here are the four players that would represent each team in the NHL on their own Mount Rushmore. A few ground rules: teams that moved include their former incarnations; so the Hurricanes include members of the Whalers; the Avalanche include the Nordiques; the Coyotes include the original Winnipeg Jets, and the present-day Jets include the Atlanta Thrashers (hope that's not too confusing).
I'm sure people will have disagreements, especially in regards to the older, more established franchises.
Feel free to chime in with your opinions and say why your choice belongs more than the ones that were made. Keep in mind we are discussing the entire history of a franchise, not just the last 20 years.
Let's have fun with this.