Greatest Hockey Players of All Time
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Hockey's "Golden Age" according to the "Legends of Hockey" series was the 1960's. The "Original Six" era when Gordie Howe was still in his late prime and Bobby Orr was a spectacular rookie. Bobby Hull was named the "Player of the Decade" by the sporting press! I wish he had not jumped to the WHA in 1972 (his absolute prime) because he was on track to shatter all of Howe's records. His career even overlapped Gretzky's early career in the WHA and in the first game involving their respective teams, I read that Wayne's Mom said to Hull "don't you hurt my son! " During the 1972 Canada /Soviet series when Hull was not allowed to play for Canada I remember the billboards "To Russia with Hull" and how the NHL had almost lost the series due to their vendetta against Hull. The most dissapointment was expressed by the Russians themselves as Hull was the most idolized western player ever. During the 1976 Canada Cup the long awaited dream team was assembled and both Hull and Orr dominated the games and the Soviets were not a factor as they left their premier squad at home to allow for an excuse for what they knew would be a dominating performance by Canada. On the upside considering Hull's self demotion to the minors, every pro athlete in the modern era who signed a contract exceeding one million dollars per season should mail Mr. Hull a large cheque for paving the way to free agency and the obsene salaries that we see today in sports! Thanks for the memories Bobby!
still the best analogy I ever heard was this: goal tending being equal, put same player at all five positions ^^ match this team against any other player at all five positions ^^ you soon expose weakness in almost all examples with the exception of ORR ^^ HULL. Simply put - the two most complete players ^^ would dominate in any era.
"The perfect mesomorph"--Time magazine, March 1,1968. Had the fastest shot ever, his slap shot was clocked at 118.3 mph. His wrist shot was timed at 105.7 mph. And his backhand shot sailed along at only 96 mph. Fastest timed NHL skater ever at 29.7 mph with full hockey equipment on. The skates in those days were as heavy as lead weights. None of the modern players can touch those marks. Just think what Bobby Hull would do in todays game with the graphite sticks and lightweight skates that are now used. Not to mention the state of the art workout gyms that every NHL team has. Even though Hull had muscles growing out of muscles he never took steroids to get that way. And he was one of the most complete players ever. He didn't need a body guard to protect him.
Something about Bobby Hull that is rarely mentioned is that he had 2017 career points counting the playoffs in both the NHL and WHA. He scored 913 regular season goals with another 105 in playoff games. His assist totals were 895 in regular season games and 104 addtional assists in playoff games. Two times late in his career in the World Hockey Association he had 70 or more assists. In 1975 when he scored the record 77 goals he also had 65 assits. The reason Hull was such a good passer was that he was a center in junior hockey and his first two years in the NHL before being shifted to left wing. One of the most complete players ever as well as the most dangerus goal scorer of all time.
I think that it should be noted that in the days when Orr, Hull and Howe were so much better than their contemperaries that they played in a league that was small and only the best played in the NHL. These guys played on perrenial basement dwelling clubs that had poor coaching (ie: Chicago's Billy Rae promoted going into a defensive shell anytime a one goal lead was acheived even though in Hull he had the most explosive offensive player ever. Goal tending was at the top level on all teams and Montreal had the only all star lineup. Players had to be physical and were not protected as with Gretzky. I place Hull at the top of the all time list along with Howe and Orr and so would many other people if it were not for the fact that the NHL blackballed him and dis-allowed even the mention of his name for decades after he jumped to the WHA! My only dissappointment with Hull was that he did not have the mean streak that Howe had or the temper of Orr. That would have been interesting.
You forgot to mention about Bobby Hull that the Golden Jet could skate at 29.7 miles per hour without the puck and 28.3 with puck on his stick. Who was ever faster the that?
Not only was the Golden Jet the best goal scorer ever, but one of the most durable and complete players ever. When he was with the Chicago Blackhawks Bobby Hull played 40 minutes many nights. He not only took his regular turn at left wing, but was always on the power play and penalty killing units because of his great speed. Ask the 1976 Russian Hockey team which player on Team Canada not only scored the most goals in the series, but hit them with the most crushing, but legal bodychecks.
The Golden Jet was the greatest combination of power and speed to ever play. Power and speed as a skater as well as a shooter.
This list is a joke! How do you rank a player the 9th best of time after he scored over 1,000 career goals and over 2,000 career points? Thatis what Bobby Hull did in 23 years of professional hockey. The Associated Press voted Bobby Hull the player of the decade for the NHL during the 1960"s. He should be in the top five players on your list. So should Gordie Howe. Crosby and Alex the great haven"t played long enough or consistently enough to be compared with Hull and Howe.
He deserves to be in the top five players on your list. Bobby Hull is one three players with over 1000 career goals-- who the other two? He had over 2000 career points. He was the associated Press NHL player of the decade for the 1960's. He played at a high level for 23 seasons--from age 18 to age 41. The best left wing of all time bar none. Sidney and Alex don:t belong ahead of him.
Once upon a time I might have agreed that Alexander Ovechkin was now or would soon become a better left winger than Bobby Hull. Now, we're seeing #8 struggle for the second straight season. Once Bobby Hull established himself as one of the top offensive players in the NHL - and played a full season - he was always productive.
Sorry, that tells me that #9 was the greater left winger, and legend.
Deserves to be in the top five players on this list. The fastest skater and hardest shooter ever. Most exciting player ever--nobody brought the fans out of their seats like Bobby Hull did! Scored many goals on spectacular end to end rushes or 60 foot slap shots that would over the opposing goal tenders shoulder before he could move. The main reason all of the goalies today wear masks.
If this is the player you rate 26, you know nothing about hockey!. Bobby Hull was the hardest shooter ever, best goal score ever, most exciting player ever, strongest player ever and scored 1018 goals in professional hockey, including 77 in 78 games in the 1975 season with th Winnepeg Jets at age 36. He belongs in the top five players of all time!
Bobby Hull deserves to be in your top five players of all time. He was the player of the decade for the 1960"s. He scored over 1,018 career goals and 2017 career points--counting playoff games. And he played at a high rate for 23 years from age 18 to age 41.
Sidney Crosby is the best player right now, but he does not deserve to be in your top ten of all time yet. He is too injury prone.
The hardest shooter of all time. One of the strongest and fastest players ever. Should be in the top five players on your list Sid the Kid and Alex the great haven't played long enough or consistently enough to be rated over the likes of a Bobby Hull.
You are playing pond hockey and you take Yzerman before Hull... You must want to lose for some reason... Bobby Hull dominated when Howe played... A man among boys
Agreed 1000 professional goals only Wayne and gordon can boast that
Top 5 all time 7 goal scoring titles
Led Chicago to the Stanley Cup in the early 60's.
Ya hull go hull go
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