When compiling a list of this magnitude, one can feel overwhelmed by both the amount of data necessary to make these decisions and the depth of history involved with the game of hockey.
While I was not fortunate enough to see many of these players grace the ice, the Internet has helped even the most hockey illiterate grasp a deep knowledge of this great sport.
I tried to cover all the generations of the NHL and cover it with knowledge suitable to make this list acceptable.
While I have a lot of current players on the list, I referenced Hockey News’ Top 100 NHL Players of All Time along with many other sources.
I am young, so if there is someone I missed or someone who is too high or low, let me know. Just remember, everyone has their OWN opinion. Enjoy!
1. Stanley Cup: Awarded to the NHL champions
2. Hart Memorial Trophy: Awarded to the league's most valuable player
3. Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Awarded to the player who exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
4. Vezina Trophy: Awarded to the league's top goaltender
5. Calder Memorial Trophy: Awarded to the league's most outstanding rookie player
6. Art Ross Trophy: Awarded to the player who leads the league in total points at the end of the regular season
7. James Norris Memorial Trophy: Awarded to the defensive player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position
8. Conn Smythe Trophy: Awarded to the most valuable player for his team in the playoffs
9. Frank J. Selke Trophy: Awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game