The NHL Top 50 Players

Use this table find the name, jersey number, and hockey position of the top fifty National Hockey League Players of all-time.
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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, The Hockey News presented its list of the “Top 50 NHL Players of All-Time” on January 9, 1998. The list was determined by a panel of 50 hockey experts representing past and present NHL players, coaches, executives and journalists. Voting was conducted before the 1997 Stanley Cup playoffs. Players active during the 2001-02 season are in bold type.

No. Player Pos
1Wayne Gretzky, 1979-99 C
2Bobby Orr, 1966-79 D
3Gordie Howe, 1946-71, 79-80 RW
4Mario Lemieux, 1984-97, 2000- C
5Maurice Richard, 1942-60 RW
6Doug Harvey, 1947-69 D
7Jean Beliveau, 1950-71 C
8Bobby Hull, 1957-72, 79-80 LW
9Terry Sawchuk, 1949-70 G
10Eddie Shore, 1926-40 D
11Guy Lafleur, 1971-85, 88-91 RW
12Mark Messier, 1979- C
13Jacques Plante, 1952-65, 67-73 G
14Ray Bourque, 1979-2001 D
15Howie Morenz, 1923-37 C
16Glenn Hall, 1952-71 G
17Stan Mikita, 1958-80 C
18Phil Esposito, 1963-81 C
19Denis Potvin, 1973-88 D
20 Mike Bossy, 1977-87RW
21Ted Lindsay, 1944-60, 64-65 LW
22 Red Kelly, 1947-67D
23Bobby Clarke, 1969-84 C
24Larry Robinson, 1972-92 D
25Ken Dryden, 1970-79 G
26Frank Mahovlich, 1956-74 LW
27Milt Schmidt, 1936-42, 45-55 C
28 Paul Coffey, 1980-2001D
29Henri Richard, 1955-75 C
30Bryan Trottier, 1975-92, 93-94 C
31Dickie Moore, 1951-65, 67-68 LW
32Newsy Lalonde, 1917-21, 25-27 C
33Syl Apps, 1936-48 C
34Bill Durnan, 1943-50 G
35Patrick Roy, 1984- G
36Charlie Conacher, 1929-41 RW
37Jaromir Jagr, 1990- RW
38 Marcel Dionne, 1971-89C
39Joe Malone, 1917-24 C
40Chris Chelios, 1983- D
41Dit Clapper, 1927-47 D
42Bernie Geoffrion, 1950-64, 66-68 RW
43Tim Horton, 1949-50, 51-74 D
44Bill Cook, 1926-37 RW
45Johnny Bucyk, 1955-78 LW
46George Hainsworth, 1926-37 G
47Gilbert Perreault, 1970-87 C
48Max Bentley, 1940-43, 45-54 C
49Brad Park, 1968-85 D
50 Jari Kurri, 1980-98RW
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