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12-02-2012, 11:24 PM
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No Brodeur?

Gretzky
Crosby
Brodeur
Howe
Orr

Not in that order, but people who don't even know hockey tend to know who Marty is.
Marty has never had a superstar persona despite all his success, probably due to his very laidback personality. Roy made it over him on my list because he gave such outspoken interviews and was so flamboyant on and off the ice, thus making him much more of an iconic personality

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12-02-2012, 11:32 PM
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To throw out some new names:

Scott Stevens (the physical side of the sport)
Bob Probert (the even more physical side) and/or Tie Domi
Kerry Fraser (the hair)
Todd Bertuzzi/Marty McSorley/Chris Simon/Trevor Gillies (for all the wrong reasons)

Foster Hewitt was a great mention as well.

And how's this for outside the box...Chief Blackhawk!

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12-02-2012, 11:37 PM
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Since he was only mentioned once:
Conn Smythe

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12-02-2012, 11:39 PM
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It changes with the generation. If you followed hockey in the 90s, I'm sure Lindros would be all over your list. Or LaFleur in the 70s. Any current talent has yet to face the test of time. So, while Crosby and the other current greats could be on the list, I wouldn't put them on the "iconic" level at all. Definitely more of the "history" hockey players.

For me:
1) Gretzky - no name in hockey is more recognized even today.
2) Lord Stanley - who doesn't know of the Stanley Cup?
3) Orr - diving goal is probably the most known photo in hockey. Anyone that looks some into hockey will learn about him.
4) Howe - Mr. Hockey. Longevity and talent.
5) Either Lemieux (more new school) or Richard (more old school). Both are iconic, but you have to be a hockey fan to appreciate either one.

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12-02-2012, 11:45 PM
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Wayne Gretzky for obvious reasons
Lord Stanley of Preston for obvious reasons
Maurice Richard for Frenchies everywhere
Sidney Crosby for today's casual fan recognition
Gary Bettman for creating all the wrong headlines

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12-02-2012, 11:46 PM
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Since he was only mentioned once:
Conn Smythe
His son on the other hand...


I'll toss out Lester Patrick as another huge influence.

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12-02-2012, 11:52 PM
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1. Wayne Gretzky



2. Maurice Richard



3. Bobby Orr



4. Mario Lemieux



5. Mark Messier


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Waqyne Gretzey Bobby Orr Gordie Howe Guy Lafleur and 89 yrs old Howie Meeker.Howie played from 1946-53 retired due to injuries became coach later fired started a hockey school which became well known throughout N.America.Was a famous broadcaster for over 25 yrs.One of the best story tellers in canada.

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12-03-2012, 12:14 AM
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1) Wayne Gretzky
2) Bobby Orr
3) Maurice Richard
4) Gary Bettman
5) Don Cherry
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6) Mario Lemieux
7) Sidney Crosby

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Mark Messier?

Scapegoat for one franchise's troubles, a god for the other 2.

Certainly one of the more polarizing figures in hockey.

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For me:
Gordie Howe
Maurice Richard
Bobby Hull
Bobby Orr
Guy Lafleur
Larry Robinson
Wayne Gretzky
Mark Messier
Mario Lemieux
Steve Yzerman
Sergei Fedorov
Sidney Crosby
Pavel Datsyuk
Scotty Bowman
Don Cherry

Lots of hometown favorites for me.

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Waqyne Gretzey Bobby Orr Gordie Howe Guy Lafleur and 89 yrs old Howie Meeker.Howie played from 1946-53 retired due to injuries became coach later fired started a hockey school which became well known throughout N.America.Was a famous broadcaster for over 25 yrs.One of the best story tellers in canada.
I'll always remember Meeker's Panasonic Plays of the Week.

I miss the old Original 6 league that was on Saturday afternoons...

Hey Maurice, Two Minutes For Looking So Good.

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To me it'd be...

Herb Brooks, Scotty Bowman, Bobby Orr, Niklas Lidstrom, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Steve Yzerman.

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Orr, Gretzky, Howe and Lemieux seem pretty unanimous - and obvious. I like the Bettman suggestion. It certainly seems to vary fan base to fan base from some of the other names mentioned. My parents told me all about Terry O'Reilly, Gerry Cheevers and the Espositos growing up, so those are old names I know well, while other people might think of other teams first.


I don't think that any of the people whom trophies are named after are very iconic.... so they've got a trophy, who remembers them? Not many people who are alive. They simply know it as part of the history of the sport.

For me, even though every name has been mentioned several times, these are the names I'd shove down the throats of my future children as far as players to emulate are:

Orr
Datsyuk
Sakic
Yzerman
Stevens

Yes, I omitted The Great One. Yes, I deleted his name from my OP and replaced it with Datsyuk.

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Wayne Gretzky.

When people that have never watched hockey in their life think of hockey, thats the first name that comes to mind.
Pretty much the only thing they know.

But get this, my brother is now 13-years old. Few months a go I asked him (cause he was asking me about Crosby) does he know who Gretzky is. He had no clue.

He knew Crosby, but had no idea about Gretzky.

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Aki Berg is up there somewhere.
So true. Actually I believe he is so high on that list that it is damn near impossible to rank him.

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12-03-2012, 12:56 AM
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1 Wayne Gretzky
2 Mario Lemieux
3 Gordie Howe
4 Bobby Orr
5 Mark Messier

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1. Gretzky
2. Don Cherry (love him or hate him...everybody knows Grapes.)
3. Mario Lemieux
4. Crosby
5. Paul Henderson

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12-03-2012, 01:03 AM
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Wayne Gretzky
Maurice Richard
Bobby Orr
Don Cherry
Sidney Crosby

Gretzky, Richard, Orr. - Ask an adult who doesn't know hockey to name a former player and you'll probably get a couple of these names.

Don Cherry - He and Coaches Corner have been synonymous with hockey for decades.

Sidney Crosby - The most commercially branded player of all time. A sign of new times in sports media.

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Orr/Gretzky
Kharlamov
Selänne
Sundin/Forsberg
Kühnhackl
Tony Hand
Jagr/Hasek
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1. Gretzky
2. Howe
3. Orr
4. Richard
5. Mario/Stanley

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Wayne Gretzky.

When people that have never watched hockey in their life think of hockey, thats the first name that comes to mind.
Going to school in the 90's, kids knew who Wayne Greztky was before they knew what the Stanley Cup was, but then again question could be answered differently for anybody depending on where you grew up, and how old you are.

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Being a hockey fan from the US Jim Craig is probably 4 or 5 on my list.

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