Joe Pelletier at Legends of Hockey is requesting input on the top 36 players of All-Time.
It’s a mammoth task really, because clearly we’re going to have to rely on what the previous generations tell us about the Eddie Shore’s and the Doug Harvey’s, and we’re probably going to err on the side of the era we are most familiar with (in my case, 70s through today).
Still it’s a fun thing to do and although I really haven’t thought it out as much as I should, here’s my 36 with the team they are most associated with:
Boston: Eddie Shore, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Ray Bourque
Chicago: Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall, Stan Mikita
Detroit: Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk, Red Kelly, Sergei Fedorov, Nik Lidstrom
Montreal: Howie Morenz, Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey, Jacques Plante, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Patrick Roy
Toronto: Syl Apps, Ted Kennedy, Frank Mahovlich
Buffalo: Dominik Hasek
Colorado: Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg
Edmonton: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri
NYI: Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin
Philadelphia: Bobby Clarke
Pittsburgh: Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr
I’ve nicked the Russians way too much, and from the look of it probably rewarded defensemen from the 70s a hair too much. Kurri’s on the list and call it a homer pick but he stays.