Canada has produced some of the greatest stars to lace up a pair of skates—Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby being but one of them. Steven Stamkos is a Canadian great with a similar style while Joe Thornton’s reputation makes him a star for other reasons.
Crosby is widely recognized as one of the league’s premier centers. His ability to create plays and weave around the defense is uncanny.
But scoring isn’t the only criteria for greatness.
Different players excel in different areas. Some players are more defensively oriented, while others gain recognition because of their talent as two-way players.
Here are five Canadian greats in the NHL and how they compare to Crosby.