Its a debate that has raged for years and will continue to rage long after this column.
Who are the greatest hockey players in the history of the great sport of hockey?
With this list, I tried to be a fair as possible in considering every aspect I possibly could.
Taking into account everything I could think of and not necessarily in this order: era they played, stamina, how injuries effected total numbers, of course statistics and the competition level they faced.
The results may surprise you as in going through this list it surprised me how far back I had to go to find some of the true greats of the game that some people may not know of but absolutely should.
Have fun, debate and enjoy the read. Hopefully you will have as much fun reading this as I had putting it together.
I was surprised at some the players I had to leave off, call it an honorable mention here are a few names not in this top 50:
Teemu Selanne, Ted Lindsay, Milt Schmidt, Bernie Geoffrion, Peter Stastny, Max Bentley and Bill Cook are just a few that get snubbed here.
You will see a lot of mentions of Awards and Trophies. The explanation of each is below:
Hart Trophy - Given to the leagues MVP for the Regular season.
Conn Smythe Trophy - Given to the leagues MVP for the playoffs.
Norris Trophy - Given to the outstanding defenseman for the regular season.
Calder Trophy - Given to the rookie of the year.
Vezina Trophy - Given to the outstanding goaltender in the regular season.
The Stanley Cup - The Holy Grail, given to the NHL champion.
EDIT - Please see the "prequel" to this column which add on 75-51 on this list here - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/643543-nhl-power-rankings-the-greatest-players-in-nhl-history-part-two-75-51
We start of the top 50 with: