In the history of hockey, there were a lot of athletes in it, whose names the whole world knew. Let’s recall some of them.
Legendary Canadian athlete Gordie Howe – multiple record holder and the most titled hockey player in the world. During his professional career, he spent about 2 thousand matches, gave more than a thousand productive passes, scored more than 800 goals. Howe (as he was called “Mr. Elbow”) was an adherent of the tough style of the game, in his honor, an effective transfer, goal and scuffle during one match was called “Gordy Howe’s hat-trick.”
The hockey player played in the position of “extreme hitter.” The athlete is a multiple champion of the Soviet Union, the World Championships and the Olympic Games. The hockey player was often recognized as the best forward of the World Cup. For 18 years of playing professional activity on the “big ice” Mikhailov played more than 700 matches and scored more than 500 goals.
Anders Berie Salming
The Swedish sportsman gave his professional career 23 years of his life. He played in national clubs of Sweden “Brunes” and “AIK”, in the USA team “Detroit Red Wings”. But the greatest fame and glory brought Salming a game in the club “Toronto Maple Leafs” (Canada). In the late 80s of the last century he became the first hockey player from Europe, who played 1000 matches in the National Hockey League.
The tragic death of 33-year-old Kharlamov in 1981 interrupted his successful career in sport. The hockey player was the repeated champion of the world and Europe, twice won gold at the Olympic Games. He was repeatedly recognized as the best striker, he was recognized outside the country. The name of Valery Kharlamov is captured in the Hall of Fame IIHF and in the Hall of Hockey Glory of the NHL.
One of the legendary hockey players of the twentieth century Canadian Wayne Douglas Gretzky is also known under the nickname The Great One (“Great”). He, as the best scorer, was awarded the Art Ross Trophy ten times. On account of Gretzky – 894 goals, 45 awards and more than 60 records.
During the playing sports career hockey player played for CSKA and for the national team of the USSR, played in the American clubs New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. Fetisov is a member of Triple Gold Club, he is included in the Symbolic team of the century.
Swedish defender Niklas Lidstrem played in the national club “Vasteras” and in the national team of the country, acted as a member of the Detroit Red Wings (USA). The athlete spent more than 1,500 matches in the NHL league, over a hundred games in the Swedish Hockey League, about 300 games in playoff games and 50 games at international competitions. Among the personal achievements of the athlete are seven prizes of James Norris Memorial Trophy (the best defender of the National League), an individual prize for Conn Smythe Trophy (the best NHL player) and two prizes of the Viking Award (the best Swedish hockey player of the NHL).
The famous goalkeeper was recognized as the best hockey player of the 20th century. The athlete for 15 years (1969-84) acted as a member of CSKA, and also defended the goal of the Soviet national team during international competitions. In the track record Tretyak three gold medals of the Olympic Games and 10 gold medals. He nine times became the champion of Europe and 13 times – the champion of the USSR. The name of the athlete is included in the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame and the IIHF Hall of Fame.