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12-03-2012, 02:22 AM
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Chungo
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My list would be the game-changers of the sport.

1) Lord Stanley - was the person who identified that the sport ultimately needed a prize and united hockey teams across North America to strive for greatness.
2) Wayne Gretzky - Has set the standard as the "great one", holding all the iconic records. He is universally known across the world.
3) Conn Smythe - Owner of the Maple Leafs and successfully created a era where the Leafs could hold their head high, after his tenure the Leafs fell into a slump that is still being felt to this day. He served in both world wars and was a big supporter in children's charities.
4) Bobby Orr - Holds records for the most points by a defenseman, but deserves it more for the one picture.
5) Don Cherry - Possibly the biggest icon in Canada on an entertainment level. Everyone knows his name in Canada and has deep roots in the Canadian military. Also, a successful coach.
6) Maurice "Rocket" Richard - The most prolific goal-scorer of his time. The first to score 50 goals in a season and 500 in his career, doing all of this while english vs french Canada.

Honorable Mentions... maybe
Albert Pudas - Who? That's right, although being recorded as a Finnish-Canadian hockey player, he was born in Finlan and the first "European" to play in the NHL....Might be wrong about this one though

Dominick Hasek?

Borje Salming?

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