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The Great One voted Greatest NHL Player of All Time

The votes are in — and Canadians have spoken: forward Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky is the greatest NHL star in history.

Gretzky was the top vote-getter in an online poll conducted by Canada’s History Magazine to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the NHL. The poll ran in conjunction with a special December-January issue of Canada’s History that featured top sportswriters recalling the best NHL games they ever covered.

Rounding out the rest of Canada's “dream team” were Gordie Howe, Sidney Crosby, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, and Patrick Roy.

Sidney Crosby trading cardWayne Gretzky trading cardGordie Howe trading card
Bobby Orr trading cardRay Bourque trading card

The top five results of the poll at each position were:

1. Wayne Gretzky
2. Gordie Howe
3. Sidney Crosby
4. Mario Lemieux
5. Maurice Richard

1. Bobby Orr
2. Ray Bourque
3. Paul Coffey
4. Larry Robinson
5. Tim Horton

1. Patrick Roy
2. Martin Brodeur
3. Ken Dryden
4. Jacques Plante
5. Terry Sawchuk

Participants in the vote were entered in a sweepstakes for a hand-made replica of Jacque Plante’s 1974 goalie mask. The winner was Peter Cobill, of Richmond, ON.

The NHL will reveal its own list of the 100 greatest players in history on January 27, during the 2017 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.


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