December 31, 2016
The Top 100 Hockey Players of the 1970s
Goon Hockey. Expansion era. Rival leagues and international battles. The 1970s were some of the most interesting and important times in hockey history.
Let's take a look at the top ten followed by the best of the rest.
1. Bobby Orr - Many will tell you he was the greatest player of all time.
2. Guy Lafleur - Every Lafleur goal was an event.
3. Phil Esposito - Led all players in scoring in the decade with 1087 points in 782 games
4. Vladislav Tretiak - One of hockey's most influential figures and most successful goalies.
5. Borje Salming - Hockey history's most important player?
6. Bobby Hull - His defection to and excellence achieved in the WHA cemented his status of importance in hockey history.
6. Ken Dryden - 258 wins and and just 57 losses (with 74 ties). And six Stanley Cups, all in a short career of just 8 seasons Unbelievable!
7. Bobby Clarke - One of hockey's most intense competitors of all time
8. Valeri Kharlamov - Russia's all time hockey great
10. Darryl Sittler - Leafs' all time great's 10 point night will go down in hockey history forever
Marcel Dionne - King of Kings
Gilbert Perreault - Hockey's greatest dangler
Jean Ratelle - All time great was tough but clean
Garry Unger - Playboy led all 1970s players in games played
Gordie Howe - Came out of retirement to play in WHA with his sons
Mark Howe - Mostly played forward in 1970s in the WHA
Dan Maloney - Power Forward before the term existed
Pete Mahovlich - Fun loving Little M never got the respect he deserved as a hockey great in his own right.
Jacques Lemaire - Montreal's cerebral tactician
Rick Martin - Buffalo's power winger scored lots of goals
Butch Goring - Key Kings player before trade to the Islanders
Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg - Teamed with Bobby Hull in Winnipeg on one of hockey's all time great lines
Jean Pronovost - Underappreciated scorer outside of Pittsburgh
Bill Barber - Flyers great ruled with speed, skill, not brawn
Paul Henderson - Summit Series Hero
Syl Apps Jr. - Second generation great was a star in his own right
Walt Tkaczuk - Grinding two way center was heart of Rangers
Rick MacLeish - Another Flyers scoring weapon
Steve Shutt - 60 goal season from this top left winger
Andre Lacroix - WHA's all time leading scorer
Marc Tardif - Quebec's super sniper
Reggie Leach - Playoffs scoring hero
Danny Gare - Another lethal scorer
Rene Robert - The third member of Buffalo's famed French Connection Line
Real Cloutier - Another of the WHA's high scorers
Vic Hadfield - Rangers' 50 goal man
Rod Gilbert - Still considered by many as the greatest Ranger of all time.
Soviet greats Alexander Maltsev, Boris Mikhailov and Alexander Yakushev
Czech defector Vaclav Nedomansky
Brad Park - Forever in Bobby Orr's shadow
Larry Robinson - Became the prototypical NHL defender
Denis Potvin - 544 points in 498 games in the 1970s.
Guy Lapointe - One of Montreal's Big Three
Serge Savard - One of Scotty Bowman's all time favorites
J.C. Tremblay - WHA's all time leader from the blueline
Pat Stapleton - Starred in both WHA and NHL and at 1972 Summit Series
Rod Seiling - Underrated Ranger
Keith Magnuson - Straw that stirred the drink in Chicago
Jim Schoenfeld - One of the hardest working players of any era
Ian Turnbull - Goal Getter from the back end
Soviet stars Valeri Vasiliev and Alexander Ragulin and Czech legend Frantisek Popisil
Tony Esposito - Tony O led all goalies with 304 regular season wins, almost 50 more than Ken Dryden
Bernie Parent - As big a reason as any for Philadelphia's back to back Stanley Cup championships in 1970s.
Gerry Cheevers - Should be remembered for more than just that unmistakable mask
Rogie Vachon - California
Mike Palmateer - Toronto's Popcorn Kid was exciting puck stopper
Gilles Meloche - He played with nothing but bad teams, but was actually a very good goalie
Dan Bouchard - Underrated goalie played strong hockey in Atlanta.
Suitcase Smith - Well travelled goalie had so many stories to share
Joe Daley - Winningest goalie in WHA history (167 wins)
Ron Grahame - Only two time Goalie of the Year winner in WHA
Jiri Holecek - International experts will tell you this Czech was better than Tretiak.
Tough Guys of Hockey's Toughest Era
Dave "The Hammer" Schultz - The epitome of hockey's goon era. He was most penalized player of the decade with over 2200 PIMs
Tiger Williams - All heart, and he could play, too
Terry O'Reilly - Tazmanian Devil was truly a presence on the ice.
Jerry Korab - King Kong Korab
Moose Dupont - Don't you just love all the nicknames of the era?
Hound Dog Kelly and Battleship Kelly - Unrelated Bobs
Wayne Cashman - Great in the corners
Carol Vadnais - Fifth highest scoring defenseman in the 1970s.
Dick Redmond - Mickey's brother excelled on the blueline.
Lars-Erik Sjoberg - Quarterbacked mighty Winnipeg's blue line in the WHA
Ron Plumb - Won WHA Top Defenseman award in 1977.
Ron Stackhouse - Solid, long time NHL defenseman played more regular season games than any defenseman in 1970s.
Dave Burrows - Clean and efficient defensive dman
Dale Tallon - Teams could never really figure out if he was a forward or a defenseman.
Phil Russell - Another tough customer who could play the game
Dennis Hextall - Could play it anyway you wanted it
Shakey Walton - Great skill, great stories
Pit Martin - Underrated Chicago centerman
Don Luce - Defensive specialist
Craig Ramsay - Buffalo's other defensive great
Ivan Boldirev - Yugoslavia's most famous hockey player
Johnny Bucyk - Veteran posted big numbers in the 1970s
Ken Hodge - Had some nice years in Boston
Stan Mikita - 60s great excelled in 70s, too
Robbie Ftorek - Small but clever
Yvan Cournoyer - Road Runner was great influence on Montreal's 1970s dynasties
J.P. Parise - Exuberant and enthusiastic
Cliff Koroll - Underrated Hawks star
Derek Sanderson - Fizzled out, but his place in hockey history cemented early in this decade.
Jimmy Watson - His brother Joe should be on this list too
Bryan Trottier - Exited decade as best two way center in the game
Lanny McDonald - Young Lanny was Toronto fan favorite