That's right! Joe's off
A few weeks ago Joe posted his greatest 36 players of all time. I saw the list and said to myself, Stop it there, back it up!
No, I wasn't referring my handy telestrator. I was referring my book from 1999, Stop it there, back it up!: 50 years of hockey with Howie Meeker.
In that book, I made my own list of the greatest hockey players. Golly gee, I've been in hockey for longer than Joe's been alive. He's a nice kid and all, but I've played against Rocket Richard and Gordie Howe and I savored Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky. Heck, I even taught many of the big names when they were kids at my hockey school. Names like Mickey Redmond!
So I know a thing or two about hockey, or my name isn't Howie Meeker! So here's my list of the greatest players of all time:
|1. Wayne Gretzky||26. Bill Durnan|
|2. Bobby Orr||27. Bobby Clarke|
|3. Mario Lemieux||28. Frank Mahovlich|
|4. Gordie Howe||29. Dickie Moore|
|5. Guy Lafleur||30. Larry Robinson|
|6. Jean Beliveau||31. Eric Lindros|
|7. Bobby Hull||32. King Clancy|
|8. Doug Harvey||33. Bryan Trottier|
|9. Terry Sawchuk||34. Marcel Dionne|
|10. Mark Messier||35. Charlie Conacher|
|11. Jacques Plante||36. Elmer Lach |
|12. Mike Bossy||37. Glenn Hall|
|13. Stan Mikita||38. Peter Stastny|
|14. Eddie Shore||39. Steve Yzerman|
|15. Maurice Richard||40. Syl Apps|
|16. Ken Dryden||41. Jari Kurri|
|17. Ray Bourque||42. Gilbert Perreault|
|18. Harvey Jackson||43. Howie Morenz|
|19. Chris Chelios||44. Patrick Roy|
|20. Jaromir Jagr||45. Milt Schmidt|
|21. Turk Broda||46. Paul Coffey|
|22. Ted Lindsay||47. Denis Potvin|
|23. Phil Esposito||48. Michel Goulet|
|24. Ted Kennedy||49. Dit Clapper|
|25. Henri Richard||50. Nels Stewart|
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