The greatest goal scorers in the history of the game all had something in common.
When they took the ice, people held their breath.
It might have been their coaches, it might have been their teammates and it was often their opponents.
It was always the fans in the stands. When players like Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur and Maurice Richard took the ice, there was always the air of anticipation. Magic was about to happen.
When you are a pure goal scorer of great repute, you know how to score under the most difficult of circumstances.
All-time leading scorer Wayne Gretzky is on this list, but he is not at the top because he did so many other things so well. Gretzky controlled the game with his stickhandling, passing and intelligence. However, you can never overlook his ability to put the puck in the net.
Here are the 25 greatest pure goal scorers in NHL history.