Top 25 Hockey Players

Another hockey season is on us.Canada’s game returns for another go, and the ultimate prize is Lord Stanley’s Cup.

It’s a big chunk of metal with multiple spelling mistakes, errors and general tin-bashing snafus that add to the character of the prize rather than take away from it. But then again, ask Jacques Plante’s ghost how he feels about having his name spelled wrong, five times.

Hockey is my favourite sport. Let’s face it, a lot of kids growing up in the ‘burbs loved the game, especially in a hockey town like Whitby, where we offered the NHL Joe Nieuwendyk, Gary Roberts, Adam Foote, Keith Primeau and James Neal.

I always liked third-line players because of their hard work and dedication to the game. They might not have been superstars, but they kept at it, and generally had long careers. So don’t be surprised by guys like Randy Burridge, Paul Ysebaert and Brian Noonan being on this list.

25. BB-Top-25-Hockey-25 Player: Greg Hawgood, D
Teams: Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars.
Active: 1987-2002
24. BB-Top-25-Hockey-24 Player: Pat Verbeek, C
Teams: New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings.
Active: 1982-2002
23. BB-Top-25-Hockey-23 Player: Josef Beranek, C
Teams:
Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers.
Active:
1991-2001
22. BB-Top-25-Hockey-22 Player: Brian Noonan, RW
Teams:
Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes.
Active:
1987-1999
21. BB-Top-25-Hockey-21 Player: Duncan Keith, D
Teams:
Chicago Blackhawks
Active:
2005-Present

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20. BB-Top-25-Hockey-20 Player: Bill Ranford, G
Teams:
Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings.
Active:
1985-2000
19. BB-Top-25-Hockey-19 Player: Bryan Marchment, D
Teams:
Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Hartford Whalers, Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames.
Active:
1989-2006
18. BB-Top-25-Hockey-18 Player: Dave Ellett, D
Teams:
Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.
Active:
1984-2000
17. BB-Top-25-Hockey-17 Player: Bob Probert, LW
Teams:
Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks
Active:
1985-2002
16. BB-Top-25-Hockey-16 Player: Mike Bossy, RW
Teams:
New York Islanders
Active:
1977-1987
15. BB-Top-25-Hockey-15 Player: Denis Savard
Teams:
Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning
Active:
1980-1997
14. BB-Top-25-Hockey-14 Player: Vincent Damphousse, LW/C
Teams:
Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks.
Active:
1986-2004
13. BB-Top-25-Hockey-13 Player: Pierre Turgeon, C
Teams:
New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche.
Active:
1987-2007
12. BB-Top-25-Hockey-12 Player: Craig Muni, D
Teams:
Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars.
Active:
1982-1998
11. BB-Top-25-Hockey-11 Player: Ray Bourque, D
Teams:
Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche.
Active:
1979-2001
10. BB-Top-25-Hockey-10 Player: Mikael Renberg, RW
Teams:
Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Active:
1990-2009
9. BB-Top-25-Hockey-09 Player: Randy Burridge, LW
Teams:
Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins.
Active:
1985-1999
8. BB-Top-25-Hockey-08 Player: Dave Gagner, C
Teams:
New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks.
Active:
1984-1999
7. BB-Top-25-Hockey-07 Player: Jonathan Toews, C
Teams:
Chicago Blackhawks
Active:
2007-Present

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6. BB-Top-25-Hockey-06 Player: Craig Hartsburg, D
Teams:
Minnesota North Stars
Active:
1978-1989
5. BB-Top-25-Hockey-05 Player: Steve Larmer, RW
Teams:
Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers
Active:
1980-1995
4. BB-Top-25-Hockey-04 Player: Dale Hawerchuk, C
Teams:
Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers
Active:
1981-1997
3. BB-Top-25-Hockey-03 Player: Ed Belfour, G
Teams:
Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers.
Active:
1989-2008
2. BB-Top-25-Hockey-02 Player: Paul Ysebaert, LW
Teams:
New Jersey Devils, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets and
Tampa Bay Lightning.
Active:
1987-1999
1. BB-Top-25-Hockey-01 Player: Mats Naslund, LW
Teams:
Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins
Active:
1975-1995
 

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