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