Famous Hockey Players
Years ago if you asked anyone who the most famous hockey players are in the world, you would get answers like Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, and Rockey Richard. But with these famous hockey players long retired, here are today's top 3 most famous hockey players.
Wayne Gretzky was simply the greatest player to ever play the game of hockey. His famous name is all over the record books and hockey trophies including 4 Stanley Cups. 'The Great One' has achieved a level of fame that stretches far beyond 21 year career. When he was traded to the L.A. Kings from the Edmonton Oilers he increased the awareness of pro hockey in the United States to a level never before seen. Kids that have never seen him play know his name and his number - '99' which has been retired by all teams in the NHL.
In his Rookie year 'Sid the Kid' was the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points in a single season. In his second year he became the youngest player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy for the most points in the regular season. In his third year he became the the youngest team captain in NHL history with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the youngest NHL captain to win the Stanley Cup. At the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, Crosby rose to yet another level of international fame by scoring the winning goal for Canada in overtime against the United States in the gold medal game.
Ovechkin was destined to become a famous hockey star. He was first overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and won Rookie of the year in 2005. Today he is the most exciting player to watch anywhere in the world. Ovey really became a famous hockey player in 2007 when won the Rocket Richard (Most goals), Art Ross (Most Points), Lester B. Pearson, (Top player voted by NHL Players) and the Hart (MVP)Trophies. He is the only player to win all four awards since the Rocket Richard Trophy started in in 1999. He also lead Team Russia to a gold medal at the World Championships the same year. Ovechkin Rocks!