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12-03-2012, 12:28 AM
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gonna have to go with Don Cherry.... not much more iconic than him in one of his goofy suits...

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12-03-2012, 12:30 AM
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Most iconic in a sense that when you try to associate hockey to certain people it would be:

- Kharlamov
- Gretzky
- Hasek
- Tretjak
- Orr
- Lemieux

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12-03-2012, 01:05 AM
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Like it or not, Don Cherry should be pretty high on this list...

I'd go with:
Gretzky
Cherry
Crosby/Orr
Lemieux

HM: McKenzie? He showed up in a pub near my school and just got bombarded by people, everybody knew who he was... Also, I think Sundin is up there (Maybe because I'm a T.O. fan, but he's the first swede to do a lot of things)... Iginla/Forsberg/Sakic/Brodeur for me were big/marketed while I was growing up.

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12-03-2012, 01:22 AM
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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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12-03-2012, 04:04 AM
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I think people are mixing up 'iconic' with 'influential'.

Iconic= face of the game. You show everyone a picture of Albert Pudas and nobody knows who it is. Not an icon.

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12-03-2012, 04:15 AM
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Gretzky
Howe
Lemieux
Richard
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I am suprised at the number of people who have said Lord Stanley- certainly an influential figure, but iconic? If the average hockey fan saw a picture of Gretzky or Orr or Richard, they would know who it is. If they saw a picture of Lord Stanley of Preston? I'd be willing to bet the majority wouldn't have a clue. Its the Cup that makes the name "Stanley" iconic to hockey, not the man.

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12-03-2012, 05:03 AM
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12-03-2012, 05:34 AM
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Teemu Selanne.

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12-03-2012, 05:42 AM
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1. Gretzky
2. Orr
3. Howe
4. Lemieux
5. Crosby

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12-03-2012, 05:49 AM
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for 10 mill czech ppl .. Jagr by far ... ppl love him so much here ...

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My top 10 hf-style:

1) Lord Stanley
2) Wayne Gretzky
3) Olli Jokinen
4) Gordie Howe
5) Mike Milbury
6) Aleksander Maltsev
7) Don Cherry
8) Bobby Orr
9) Pepper (the poster at hfboards)
10) Wendel Clarke

My top 5, personal favorites:

1) Erich KŁhnhackl -- 6'5 230 lbs dirty D who played 10 international tournaments for Germany. He was a very dirty player who also was known as having the biggest ego in the game. Later in his career, his club (EV Landshut) just put him in his own dressing room. Hollywood couldn't have created a better character.


See him in action:


http://internationalhockeylegends.bl...kuhnhackl.html

You can't call yourself a real hockey fan unless you got a Erich Kuhnhackl story in the back of your pocket (obs joke).

2) Richard Brian Pilon (aka Rich Pilon) -- Played 14 years and 631 games in the NHL without ever passing the puck. Sometimes he went board out, but his favorite was undoubtedly to just scop the puck out of the zone. Tough as nails no-nonsense D.

Good with his stick:


Hockey is because of Rich Pilon, I almost would like to say.

3) Denis Joseph Savard -- Known for his 'Savardian Spin-o-rama'-move. Small playmaking center/dribbler. AKA "Savoir-Faire".

Greatest goal ever:


Amazing plays:


4) Mark Messier -- Nuff said.

5) Stefan Shadow Nilsson -- I want a player like this on my team. Any day. Couldn't skate to save his life. But tremendous playmaker. His assist record in the SEL was just recently broken.

There is something special with following a hockey team with an amazing playmaker on it. You more or less know when something is going to happen with the stickhandlers and snipers. But the play making type who several times per game make that split vision, out of no-where insane pass, playing with linemates he got chemistry with, is hard to beat.


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I am suprised at the number of people who have said Lord Stanley- certainly an influential figure, but iconic? If the average hockey fan saw a picture of Gretzky or Orr or Richard, they would know who it is. If they saw a picture of Lord Stanley of Preston? I'd be willing to bet the majority wouldn't have a clue. Its the Cup that makes the name "Stanley" iconic to hockey, not the man.
Precisely.

My list:

Gretzky
Howe
Orr
Kharlamov (let's not be Canada-only, shall we?)
Yzerman (who's been criminally underrated here. certainly more iconic than Stanley for the reason in quotes)

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12-03-2012, 06:43 AM
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for 10 mill czech ppl .. Jagr by far ... ppl love him so much here ...
Is Jagr more iconic than Hasek over there? I somehow thought that Hasek is Czech's lovechild.

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12-03-2012, 07:25 AM
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3) Denis Joseph Savard -- Known for his 'Savardian Spin-o-rama'-move. Small playmaking center/dribbler. AKA "Savoir-Faire".

Greatest goal ever:


Amazing plays:
I seriously have never seen a players more skilled/creative than Denis Savard. Never understood why he did not have more points than this and why he is not talked about in the best players ever. The guy was unreal, esp. in his prime.

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Other iconic names:

Dave Shultz for being the baddest dude on the baddest team, the 70s Philadelphia Flyers. He is the icon of that period.

Jacques Plant for the familar iconic first mask in hockey.

Dave Semenko for the 80s tough guys. He was the protector of the Best player in the World.

Patrick Roy. For many reasons. As much for his skills than his fiery personality. He had that Richard fighting spirit.

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Sean Avery vs Maurice Richard

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Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Richard, Howe
yup, this is it for me too

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Sean Avery vs Maurice Richard
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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?
biggest game changer for me is jacques plante

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Bobby Orr
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Player: Gretzky, Orr, Howe, Richard
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Builder: Smythe, Patrick, Ambrose O'Brien, Norris
Broadcasting: Irvin Sr, Hewitt, Cherry

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Gretzky, Orr, Roy, Brooks, Cherry

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