Six active NHL players have been named to the NHL’s top 100 players of all time. The full list was announced Friday night in Los Angeles.
Six Active NHL Players Named to the Top 100
Kane arguably has the best stick-handling abilities in the league, let alone ever. His ability to weave in and out of defenders and score highlight reel goals day in and day out is simply incredible to watch. Over his career he has three Stanley Cups, all with the Chicago Blackhawks. Kane has 266 career goals, 446 assists and 712 total points in 709 career games. In the playoffs, he has 49 goals, 72 assists and 121 points in 123 playoff appearances. Last season he was the recipient of the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award.
Also known as “Captain Serious,” Toews is regarded as one of the best two-way centers in the NHL. He’s averaged a 57.5% face-off winning percentage and has scored 28 goals in each of the past three seasons. Over the past seven seasons, The Chicago Blackhawks captain has lead his team to three Stanley Cup championships. In his 10 seasons with the Blackhawks he has 260 goals and 332 assists. Toews is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Canada. He is regarded as one of the best leaders the sport has ever seen.
Keith is a three-time All-Star, three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks and a two-time Norris trophy winner. The defenseman has 88 goals and 403 assists throughout his career. The most impressive part about Keith’s game is the amount of time he spends on the ice. He averages over 25 minutes per game during the regular season, and over 28 in the playoffs.
The Great Eight. Ovechkin is one of the best pure goal scores in the history of the NHL. His shot is un-matched by anyone in the league. In 12 NHL seasons, he has scored 50 or more goals seven times, including one season where he had 65. In 888 career games he has 548 goals, 463 assists and 1011 total points. He has won the Rocket Richard trophy six times, including four straight, and the Hart trophy three times. He has yet to win a Stanley Cup.
Sid the Kid. Not quite a kid anymore. Where does one begin when talking about Sidney Crosby? The Great One himself said that Crosby is the best player in the NHL right now. He has won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, two Hart trophies, two Art Ross trophies, the list goes on. He has battled many injuries in his career, and has managed 749 games in 12 seasons. In those 12 seasons, he has 366 goals, 627 assists for 993 points. But, Crosby will forever be known for scoring ‘The Golden Goal’ for Team Canada at the 2010 Olympic Games. Crosby has won two Olympic golds for Canada and captained the 2014 team in Sochi.
The ageless wonder. Jaromir Jagr is a fitness freak. This season Jagr became the NHL’s second all time leader in points, behind Wayne Gretzky and ahead of Mark Messier with 1897. Jagr turns 45 in February, yet still doesn’t miss a beat. He entered the league in 1990 playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Since, he has played for seven other teams, including the Florida Panthers where he’s played the last two and a half seasons. The Iron Man has played 1679 games tallying 758 goals and 1139 assists. He has won two Stanley Cups throughout his career. Every time you think he’s going to hang em’ up, he keeps coming back for more.
The NHL’s top 100 list is a reminder of the kind of hockey that we’ve been treated to over the years. Over the next hundred years there is sure to be more active NHL’ers added to the list. This is just a small sample of the kind of athletes, hockey and history that we are fortunate enough to witness. What a tremendous sport.