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The Top Ten Greatest NHL Centers of All Time

Introduction

10.) Howie Morenz

  • Howie Morenz played for the Montreal Canadians, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the New York Rangers.
  • 3 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1924, 1930, 1931)
  • 3 Time Hart Memorial Trophy Winner (1928, 1931, 1932)

9.) Joe Sakic

  • Joe Sakic played for the Colorado Avalanche.
  • 2 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1996, 2001)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (1996)

8.) Stan Mikita

  • Stan Mikita played for the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Stanley Cup Champion (1961)
  • 4 Time Art Ross Trophy Winner (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968)

7.) Bryan Trottier

  • Bryan Trottier played for the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • 6 Time Stanley Cup Champion as a Player (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1991, 1992)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (1980)

6.) Steve Yzerman

  • Steve Yzerman played for the Detroit Red Wings.
  • 3 Time Stanley Cup Champion as a Player (1997, 1998, 2002)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (1998)

5.) Phil Esposito

  • Phil Esposito played for the Chicago Blackhawks, the Boston Bruins, and the New York Rangers.
  • First player in NHL history to finish a single season with over 100 points.
  • 2 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1970, 1972)

4.) Jean Béliveau

  • Jean Béliveau played for the Montreal Canadians
  • 10 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (1965)

3.) Mark Messier

  • Mark Messier played for the Edmonton Oilers, the New York Rangers, and the Vancouver Canucks.
  • 6 Time Stanley Cup Winner (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (1984)

2.) Mario Lemieux

  • Mario Lemieux played for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • 2 Time Stanley Cup Champion as a Player (1991, 1992)
  • 2 Time Con Smythe Trophy Winner (1991, 1992)

1.) Wayne Gretzky

  • Wayne Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, the St. Louis Blues, and the New York Rangers.
  • Holds NHL Record for the Most Career Regular Season Goals, Assists, Points, and Hat Tricks.
  • Holds NHL Record for the Most Career Playoff Goals, Assists, Points, Hat Tricks, and Game Winning Goals.

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