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#62- NHL All-Time Top 100 Player Rankings

View Poll Results: Who is the best player listed?
Bill Cowley 3 9.38%
Andy Bathgate 1 3.13%
Ted Kennedy 0 0%
King Clancy 1 3.13%
Nels Stewart 0 0%
Frank Boucher 0 0%
Elmer Lach 3 9.38%
Harvey Jackson 0 0%
Cy Denneny 0 0%
Aurel Joliat 0 0%
Johnny Bower 8 25.00%
Earl Seibert 0 0%
Grant Fuhr 7 21.88%
Brian Leetch 8 25.00%
Toe Blake 1 3.13%
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08-21-2004, 01:20 PM
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#62- NHL All-Time Top 100 Player Rankings

This little game is to rank the top 100 NHL players of all-time.

It will start by asking in a timed poll who the best one is. After the time has run out on that poll, another poll will follow.

So after poll #1, poll #2 will follow, poll #3 will follow that, and so on.

The polls will keep going until we have ranked the top 50 NHL players.

A poll ends when time runs out. The expiry time of each poll can be found by looking directly above the poll options

So far the list looks like:


Wayne Gretzky
2. Mario Lemieux
3. Bobby Orr
4. Gordie Howe
5. Maurice Richard
6. Patrick Roy
7. Raymond Bourque
8. Mark Messier
9. Bobby Hull
10. Mike Bossy
11. Terry Sawchuk
12. Jean Beliveau
13. Guy Lafleur
14. Doug Harvey
15. Eddie Shore
16. Phil Esposito
17. Jacques Plante
18. Howie Morenz
19. Stan Mikita
20. Steve Yzerman
21. Glenn Hall
22. Marcel Dionne
23. Denis Potvin
24. Jaromir Jagr
25. Dominik Hasek
26. Paul Coffey
27. Ted Lindsay
28. Larry Robinson
29. Bryan Trottier
30. Ken Dryden
31. Red Kelly
32. Bobby Clarke
33. Frank Mahovlich
34. Henri Richard
35. Milt Schmidt
36. Joe Sakic
37. Nicklas Lidstrom
38. Newsy Lalonde
39. Syl Apps
40. Dickie Moore
41. Martin Brodeur
42. Tim Horton
43. Joe Malone
44. Charlie Conacher
45. Brett Hull
46. Chris Chelios
47. Dit Clapper
48. Jari Kurri
49. Gilbert Perreault
50. Bernie Geoffrion
51. Bill Durnan
52. Brad Park
53. Johnny Bucyk
54. Bill Cook
55. George Hainsworth
56. Tony Esposito
57. Bernie Parent
58. Pierre Pilote
59. Turk Broda
60. Serge Savard
61. Max Bentley
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Next Forward: Alex Delvecchio
Next Defenseman: Borje Salming
Next Goaltender: Georges Vezina

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Although Johnny Bower's nickname was "the China Wall," it might better have been "Perseverance," for although he had a Hall of Fame career in the NHL, it certainly didn't adhere to the traditional notion of what a life in pro hockey should be about.
Bower grew up in rural Saskatchewan, the only boy in a family of nine children. He was dirt poor and never had the proper equipment. He made his goalie pads from an old mattress; he made pucks, "cow pies," from horse manure; his dad would look for suitably crooked tree branches to shave into sticks; a friend gave him his first pair of skates because his father couldn't afford to buy him a pair; and still he refined his game to become one of the best goalies of all time. In 1940, when he was 15 years old, Bower lied about his age for the first time, though not the last, in order to enlist in the army. He was sent to a training camp in British Columbia and was eventually called up by the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and shipped to England. Four years later, he became sick during his service and was discharged in 1944, at which time he resumed his junior career with Prince Albert.

From there he began a career in the American Hockey League, which is where most goalies start out. The difference was that Bower played for Providence and Cleveland for an incredible eight full seasons before playing a single NHL game. In 1953-54, he played the entire season for the Rangers, but then spent most of the next four seasons right back in the minors, having lost the starting job in New York to Gump Worsley. During his 14 years in the minors, he won the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL's best player three times and the Hap Holmes Award for top goaltender another three times.

Bower's big break came in the summer of 1958 when the Leafs, for whatever reason, claimed him from Cleveland at the Intra-League Draft. Bower was at first reluctant to join the Leafs, even though they had finished in last place the previous season, telling them he could be of no help to the team. It was only after being threatened with suspension that he showed up for training camp that fall, and within days he had established himself as the team's number one goalie at age 34. He was to play a total of 12 years with the Leafs.

Bower, like his other five Original Six brethren, became famous for his fearless play. Maskless, he never shied away from an attacking player and in fact patented the most dangerous move a goalie can make - the poke-check. Diving head-first into the skates of an attacking player at full speed, Bower would routinely flick the puck off that player's stick and out of harm's way. One time he got a skate in his cheek, knocking a tooth out through his cheek. He suffered innumerable cuts to his mouth and lips and lost virtually every tooth in his mouth from sticks and pucks, but almost to his last game, he never wore a mask. And under the confident eye of coach Punch Imlach, Bower got better and better. He led the Leafs into the playoffs his first season with a miracle comeback ending to the schedule, and then lost two finals in a row before winning three consecutive Stanley Cup championships - 1962 to 1964.
At this time, Bower's career seemed precarious. Imlach noticed that Bower was having trouble with long shots and ordered his keeper to undergo an eye exam. Sure enough, he was short-sighted. But Bower refused to retire and kept right on going, teaming with Terry Sawchuk to win the memorable 1967 Cup with Toronto's Over-the-Hill Gang of players, led by the 43-year-old Bower himself.

After he retired in 1970 as the oldest goalie ever to play in the NHL, Bower remained with the Leafs for many years as a scout and then goalie coach, putting the pads on and helping Leaf goalies in practice. At one injury-riddled time during the 1979-1980 season, he came within a whisker, at age 56, of dressing as the team's backup. A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Bower is one of only a select few to have his number honored by the Leafs.


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Ron Francis. He should be on this poll.

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Bower. One of the most intriguing careers ever. Good to see that Vezina is next to join the list. Tiny Thompson should be added soon, too.

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Bill Cowley should be on this list.

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