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Top 10 NHL captains of all time

By Floyd,

All through their historical backdrop the NHL teams captains and alternates have set up themselves as extraordinary pioneers and champions. What follows is a glance at the 10 biggest players that proudly wear a "C" on their chest. These players were always rated with the best ice hockey betting odds in history.

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Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens

Beliveau leaded the Habs from 1961 until 1971, during that period "Le Gros Bill" drove his team to the achievement of 5 out of 24 Stanley Cups that the Canadiens have won. He also became the primary winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, as playoff NHL MVP. He is as yet a standout amongst the most respected men to ever put on skates and one of the record-breaking NHL captains history.


Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers & Vancouver Canucks

Captain in Edmonton 1988-191, of the Rangers between 1991-1997 and 2000-2004 and in command of the Canucks' from 1997-2000. He set up massive numbers in his long, Hall of Fame profession and made possibly the nowadays most remembered promise in NHL history, when he ensured the Rangers would win Game Six of the meeting finals against the Devils.


Joe Sakic, Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche

Known for his dangerous wrist shot, faceoff abilities and hardworking attitude Sakic was first named to lead the Nordiques in 1992-1993, and served wearing the “C” until the point that he retired in 2009.

He was a standout amongst the most talented players of his age, a championships winner and is as yet respectfully admired by youthful NHL players.


Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings

He was only 21 when he was awarded the “C” in 1986 – one of the youngest player amongst NHL hockey captains with the longest leading career: 1.303 games in 19 seasons. Many view him as directly responsible of the reborn of the Hockeytown by winning the Detroit’s first Stanley Cup after a long 42 years with a remake in 1998 and again in 2002, playing with his knee injured.


Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

Le Magnifique served as Penguins captain from 1987-194, 1995-1997 and 2001-2006. He was a stunning offensive power and a low-profile NHL captain but his leading of the Pittsburgh team made the difference by winning twice the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992. Later in his NHL career Lemieux turned into a really rousing figure, fighting with bravery Hodgkins illness and other health issues.


Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers & Los Angeles Kings

One of the biggest rewriting NHL captain’s history records and superstar, “The Grate One” Gretzky eclipsed his subtle authority. He won 4 Stanley Cups leading the Oilers’ to their first trophy. He was an MVP that clearly set up tremendous offensive numbers and changed the perspective of hockey on the west shoreline of the U.S.


Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils

Stevens played 22 seasons in the NHL for the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, and the New Jersey Devils. The NHL teams captains list include the iceman that drove the Devils to 3 Stanley Cups. He played as their captain from 1992 until 2004 in 9 All-Star Games. Winning the Conn Smythe Trophy 2000 as a Playoff MVP confirmed him as a valuable all-time NHL player and NHL captain. If you were to look at any Ice hockey betting tips of that time, they would confirm all of this.


Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins

He took the awarding “C” to himself from 1988 until 2000. Despite the fact that he wasn't filling in as captain in Colorado, Joe Sakic gave him the Stanley Cup when Bourque at last won a title in 2001—a minute that made any NHL fan grin and… get emotional. Ray Bourque was the best defenseman of his generation.


George Armstrong, Toronto Maple Leafs

George Edward "Chief" Armstrong played in 7 NHL All-Star Games scoring the final goal of the Original Six era in the 1967 Stanley Cup won by Toronto. Between 1950 and 1971 he played in 1.188 NHL games and was for 13 seasons the NHL team’s captain.


Denis Potvin, New York Islanders

Potvin already had 3 Norris Trophies checked on his resume when he was given the leading role by the Islanders in 1979, yet he didn't have a definitive prize. In his initial 4 years as NHL captain, the Islanders won the Stanley Cup each year.

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Tripwire32's avatar

It is a big surprise for me to see Rosby excluded from this list. I’m ok with that because, though he may wear a “C”, I don’t consider him much of a captain of anything, other than captain for a marketing campaign. That notwithstanding, I think this is a real good list. Hard to argue with it.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 01/18/18 at 12:57 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

playing with his knee injured.

Well, it wasn’t quite THAT simple…but yes, his knee was indeed injured. Very injured.

Between Yzer’s knee, Pavel’s ankle, and Z’s back, I am not sure which one is worse (or will end up being worse).

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/18/18 at 01:11 PM ET


The “grate” one? Fruedian I’m sure

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 01/18/18 at 02:48 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

It is a big surprise for me to see Rosby excluded from this list. I’m ok with that because, though he may wear a “C”, I don’t consider him much of a captain of anything, other than captain for a marketing campaign. That notwithstanding, I think this is a real good list. Hard to argue with it.

I agree as it seems to be a solid list. Crybaby doesn’t belong on this list or any list of good to great Captain’s. mad

Posted by bigfrog on 01/18/18 at 10:57 PM ET

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