September 26, 2007

Howie Meeker's Greatest Hockey Legends


That's right! Joe's off freezing his ass off camping at Wells Gray Provincial Park. You see, Joe's only non-hockey related interest in life is chasing squirrels waterfalls.

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

Note: Howie Meeker isn't really affiliated with this website. Howie appears only in good fun. See you in about a week everybody!

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