Whether you have been a fan of the NHL for a long time or are just starting to get into hockey, you notice almost right away that you can never hear enough about a select group of players. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews and others are always in the spotlight, and rightfully so. They are some of the biggest stars in hockey and have numerous accomplishments to their names.
But what about the hundreds of other players that make up NHL rosters?
While a star player is crucial to any successful team, he cannot do it on his own. He needs third- and fourth-line guys, or a goalie that can backstop the squad to as many wins as possible. These players don't often, if ever, get to see their names in lights on NHL.com, but they do their jobs, and they do them well.
In this slideshow, we honor those players.
Here are 25 underappreciated players who don't get near the recognition they deserve. This list is in no particular order.