Clearly, we have multiple definitions of "Hockey God," which makes this discussion much more interesting.
To me, the "Gods" are a bit like the old MSG "Gallery Gods" (minus the boorish behaviour), the overseers of the game whose opinions are given much more weight. Put another way, if Heaven hosts the greatest NHL hockey tournament ever and God assembles a dozen overseers/advisors to sit together in the great luxury box in the sky, who gets a seat?
Here's my 12 (alphabetically). Most are dead, a few alive. All are North Americans/NHL legends. Very few individuals with top notch playing chops; most are leaders and/or innovators I figure God could "trust", with the exception of the butt in the 13th "Judas Iscariot" seat.
Dick Irvin Sr.
As far as players go, god-status is achieved when you transcend the need for catchy monikers and cute nicknames to try and sell it. Those are earthly things, so with all due respect to The Rocket, The Great One, Super Mario, and Mr. Hockey, etc.....
Real gods don't need adjectives.
Last edited by NorthStar4Canes: 10-16-2013 at 07:54 AM.