The Top 100 Hockey Players of All Time: Nos. 70-61
I consider myself a student of the game of hockey. I learn something new about it every day, whether it be through the hockey history books I read, the Web sites I go to, or the discussions that I have with other people.
I like to think that I am very knowledgeable about the game and I have decided to put my knowledge to the test. Over the course of the next month or two, I am going to rank the top 100 players in hockey history.
It will be very challenging and a lot of research will be done in order to get the best rankings possible. This list will include more than just NHL players, as I will be also focusing on international, pre-NHL, and WHA stars.
I hope this will spark a lot of discussion amongst the hockey experts at this wonderful site. Any opinions are welcome, don't be afraid to speak up!
70. Turk Broda
Career Regular Season Stats: 302-224-101, 62 SO, 2.53 GAA
Career Playoff Stats: 60-39, 13 SO, 1.98 GAA
Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs (1936-43, 1945-52)
First All-Star Team Goalie (1941, 1948)
Second All-Star Team Goalie (1942)
Vezina Trophy (1941, 1948)
One of the most popular Leafs in his day due to his flair and out going personality, Broda is considered one of the greatest netminders in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise.
Broda's cool and calm demeanor helped him reach five Stanley Cup finals during his NHL career and despite being criticized by Leafs management for being overweight, Broda worked hard in practice and was always superb during the regular season. He was inducted into the HHOF in 1967.
69. Frank Mahovlich
Career Regular Season Stats: 1181 GP 533 G 570 A 1103 P
Career Playoff Stats: 137 GP 51 G 67 A 118 P
Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs (1956-68), Detroit Red Wings (1967-71), Montreal Canadiens (1971-74)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1958)
First All-Star Team Left Wing (1961, 1963, 1973)
Second All-Star Team Left Wing (1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970)
Known as the "Big M", Frank Mahovlich combined great size and amazing puck handling ability to become one of the best pure scorers in the NHL during the 1960s and '70s.
What Mahovlich accomplished in his career was amazing considering the various problems he had throughout his life as he suffered with depression and nervous breakdowns. He was inducted into the HHOF in 1981 and was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 1998.
68. Frank Brimsek
Career Regular Season Stats: 252-182-80, 40 SO, 2.70 GAA
Career Playoff Stats: 32-36, 2 SO, 2.54 GAA
Teams: Boston Bruins (1938-43, 1945-49), Chicago Blackhawks (1949-50)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1939)
First All-Star Team Goalie (1939, 1942)
Second All-Star Team Goalie (1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948)
Vezina Trophy (1939, 1942)
Nicknamed "Mr. Zero" for his ability in shutting out the opposition, Brimsek had the greatest rookie season ever for a goalie and led the Bruins to their second ever Stanley Cup in 1938-39.
Brimsek was the perfect stand up goalie and his calmness in the net helped his team throughout the years. He was great at using his stick to stop pucks and was one of the first goalies to get back at players for taking liberties with him. He was inducted into the HHOF in 1966.
67. Bernie Parent
Career Regular Season Stats: 271-198-121, 54 SO, 2.55 GAA
Career Playoff Stats: 38-33, 6 SO, 2.43 GAA
Teams: Boston Bruins (1965-66), Philadelphia Flyers (1967-71), Toronto Maple Leafs (1971-72), Philadelphia Flyers (1973-79)
Conn Smythe Trophy (1974, 1975)
First All-Star Team Goalie (1975)
Vezina Trophy (1974, 1975)
A great stand up goalie, Bernie Parent led the Philadelphia Flyers to their only two Stanley Cup victories in franchise history as he won the Vezina and Conn Smythe trophies in both years.
Parent patterned his style of play after the legendary Jacques Plante and was often coached by Plante as well. Unfortunately, Parent had to retire early at the age of 34 after a stick struck his right eye and caused him to lose a lot of vision.
66. Peter Forsberg
Career Regular Season Stats: 706 GP 249 G 636 A 885 P
Career Playoff Stats: 151 GP 64 G 107 A 171 P
Teams: Colorado Avalanche (1994-2004, 2008), Philadelphia Flyers (2005-07), Nashville Predators (2007)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1993)
Named Best Forward at WJC-A (1993)
WC-A All-Star Team (1998)
Named Best Forward at WC-A (1998) NHL All-Rookie Team (1995)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1995)
NHL First All-Star Team (1998, 1999, 2003)
Bud Light Plus/Minus Award (2003) (tied with Milan Hejduk)
Art Ross Trophy (2003)
Hart Memorial Trophy (2003). Played in NHL All-Star Game (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003)
One of the greatest players of the dead puck era, Forsberg was very physical, which probably explains why he was out of the lineup with an injury every other game. Who knows how much damage Forsberg could have done if he had a relatively healthy career.
Forsberg`s greatest attributes was his insane passing ability and his great puck handling skills. He was always able to find his open teammates no matter the situation and he was very hard to knock off the puck.
65. Elmer Lach
Career Regular Season Stats: 664 GP 215 G 408 A 623 P
Career Playoff Stats: 76 GP 19 G 45 A 64 P
Teams: Montreal Canadiens (1940-54)
Art Ross Trophy (1945, 1948)
First All-Star Team Centre (1945, 1948, 1952)
Hart Memorial Trophy (1945)
Second All-Star Team Centre (1944, 1946)
Elmer Lach was the center on the punch line, playing alongside Maurice Richard and Toe Blake. His amazing vision and play making made him the perfect guy to center the two natural goal scorers.
Lach proved he was tough throughout his career, coming back from a serious skull fracture that nearly ended his life in 1947 and tried to play through a broken jaw in the 1949 playoffs. Lach retired in 1954 and was inducted into the HHOF in 1966.
64. Ted Kennedy
Career Regular Season Stats: 696 GP 231 G 329 A 560 P
Career Playoff Stats: 78 GP 29 G 31 60 P
Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs (1942-57)
Hart Memorial Trophy (1955)
Second All-Star Team Centre (1950, 1951, 1954)
One of the greatest battlers of all time, Kennedy made up for his lack of speed with determination and hustle. He was a great fore checker and a leader on the Leafs for many years.
One of the most underrated players of his era during his playing days, Kennedy was also one of the greatest face-off men and he led the Leafs to an amazing four Stanley Cups.
63. Dickie Moore
Career Regular Season Stats: 719 GP 261 G 347 A 608 P
Career Playoff Stats: 135 GP 46 G 64 A 110 P
Teams: Montreal Canadiens (1951-63), Toronto Maple Leafs (1964-65), St. Louis Blues (1967-68)
Art Ross Trophy (1958, 1959)
First All-Star Team Right Wing (1958, 1959)
Second All-Star Team Right Wing (1961)
An extremely talented player, Dickie Moore was the complete package. He could skate, shoot, pass, stick handle with the best of them and he did not back down when the games got physical.
Moore scored 20 goals at least six times in his career and was a member of six Stanley Cup championship teams. He was inducted into the HHOF in 1974.
62. Tim Horton
Career Regular Season Stats: 1446 GP 115 G 403 A 518 P
Career Playoff Stats: 126 GP 11 G 39 A 50 P
Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs (1951-70), New York Rangers (1970-71), Pittsburgh Penguins (1971-72), Buffalo Sabres (1972-74)
First All-Star Team Defense (1964, 1968, 1969)
Second All-Star Team Defense (1954, 1963, 1967)
One of the strongest players to play the game, Horton was a defensive force, using his great hockey sense and speed to stop many of his era`s greatest forwards and some of the best players to ever play the game.
Horton died while still active in the NHL after crashing his car while going a reported 100 MPH. His chain of coffee shops is huge in Canada and he was inducted into the HHOF in 1977.
61. Joe Malone
Career Regular Season Stats: 126 GP 143 G 32 A 175 P
Career Playoff Stats: 9 GP 6 G 2 A 8 P
Teams: Montreal Canadiens (1917-19, 1922-24), Quebec Bulldogs (1919-20), Hamilton Tigers (1920-22)
Art Ross Trophy (1918, 1920)
The first pure goal scorer to play in the NHL, Malone was the greatest player to play in the beginning of the league. He was extremely quick and was able to stick handle around any defense that tried to stop him.
Malone still holds the NHL record for most goals in a game with seven and is considered by many to be the greatest goal scorer to have ever played the game. He was one of the first players to be inducted into the HHOF in 1950.