Can You Name These Hockey Legends From an Image?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Are you ready to break the ice with this quiz?

It doesn't matter if you're a hardcore hockey fan or a casual viewer; we can bet that you've heard of name like Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky before. These two are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to legendary athletes that the NHL (National Hockey League) has produced. This isn't surprising, since the NHL is notable for being one of the oldest and most prolific sports leagues that operates in the United States and Canada. In fact, the NHL is a member of the "Big Four" sports leagues (the four major sports leagues in Canada and the U.S.) along with the NBA, the NFL and MLB.

In this quiz, we've scoured the century-long history of the NHL and sorted through thousands of players to bring you only the best of the best. These are not only some of the highest scorers; we’ve also included some of the most prolific defense-men, goaltenders and centers. These are players that have made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame, players that have coached successful teams and even players that have been owners a well. So are you ready to skate out onto the ice and show us what you've got? Then let's jump right into this quiz and get started! 

You don't have to be a hockey fan to know the name of the greatest hockey player of all time—Wayne Gretzky. When he retired in 1999, he held 61 NHL records, many of which are still standing to this day, including being the all-time leader in points.

Stan Mikita is is widely hailed as one of the best centers that the NHL has ever seen. Throughout his entire 22-year career, he played solely for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ray Bourque is notable among defensemen for being the one that has the most career goals of all time. He played 21 season with the Boston Bruins and is also the team's longest-serving captain.

Chris Chelios had a 26-year NHL career that spanned several teams, including the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings. He retired in 2010 and became a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame three years after.

Bobby Orr has a 12-year NHL career that spanned from 1966 to 1978, playing with the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. Today, he has his own agency (the ORR Hockey Group agency) that represents dozens of active players.

Joe Malone is notable for being of the the most renowned players who operated during the first fifty years of the NHL. He notably played for the Montreal Canadiens, and in 1950, he became a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Syl Apps had a 12-year career (1936 to 1948) in the NHL that he spent entirely with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was also notably a pole vaulter for Canada at the 1936 Olympics in Germany.

Charlie Conacher became a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961 as a result of his prolific 12-year NHL career. His powerful shot and his overall stature earned him the nickname "The Big Bomber."

One of Mario Lemieux's most notable feats the fact that he became the owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1996 and still played on the team until 2006. He also became a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

Bobby Clarke had a 15-year career in the NHL, playing solely for the Philadelphia Flyers. He's not only hailed as one of the best captains that the team has ever had, but he's widely considered by many to be one of the best NHL captains of all time.

Patrick Roy had a 19-year NHL career that he spent with the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche. He's one of the most notable goaltenders who made the now-common "butterfly" style become popular.

Dickie Moore retired in 1968 and was soon after inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974. He had a successful 17-year career in the NHL, most of which he spent with the Montreal Canadiens.

Jaromir Jagr as widely hailed as one of the greatest NHL players of all time and the best NHL player who hails from Europe. He's played for several NHL teams, including the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers, and he currently plays for HC Klandno, a Czech professional ice hockey team.

Newsy Lalonde was the captain of the Montreal Canadiens from 1915 to 1921, and he was a part of the Canadiens team that achieved their first Stanley Cup win. He's often considered to be one of the best hockey players and lacrosse players of the first half of the 1900s.

Jean Beliveau is notable for being the second player in NHL history to score 1,000 points. He spent the entirety of his career—which spanned 1950 to 1971—with the Montreal Canadiens.

Although he's remembered primarily as a prolific hockey center, Milt Schmidt is also notable for being a successful coach as well. He coached the Boston Bruins from 1954 to 1966 and the Washington Capitals from 1974 to 1976.

Henri Richard and his older brother Maurice Richard are both regarded as two of the greatest players in the history of the Montreal Canadiens. His relatively short stature earned him the nickname "The Pocket Rocket."

Although Glenn Hall was an extremely successful goalkeeper in his own right, the fact is that he's most famous for being the father of the butterfly style. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975, shortly after the end of his NHL career that spanned 1952 to 1971.

During his 10-year career, Mike Bossy played solely for the New York Islanders. He's one of only five players who has scored 50 goals in their team's first 50 games of a specific season.

Ted Lindsay's hockey career lasted from 1944 to 1965, and during this time, he played for both the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Black Hawks. His skill on the ice earned him the fearsome nickname "Terrible Ted."

Bill Durnan is notable for being the last goaltender to be captain of an NHL team, since a rule that was introduced in the latter half of 1948 now prohibits goaltenders from being captains. The rule is unofficially nicknamed the "Durnan Rule," since it was thought to have been implemented primarily because of his actions.

Phil Esposito is notable for being the older brother of goaltender Tony Esposito, and both of them are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He's also the co-founder of the Florida-based team Tampa Bay Lightning.

Eddie Shore's NHL career lasted from 1924 to 1943, and during this time, he played primarily for the Boston Bruins. He had a reputation as a bruiser during his time on the ice, and he became a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947.

Gordie Howe is notable for being one of the few players who played professionally while already being a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Just a couple years after being inducted, he returned to the ice to play for the Houston Areos and the Hartford Whalers.

Bobby Hull's nickname "The Golden Jet" was a reference to his blond hair, as well as both his skating speed and shooting speed. He was one of the main forces that led to the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup in 1961.

Denis Potvin's professional ice hockey career lasted from 1973 to 1988, and he became a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame three years later in 1991. After his retirement, he delved into commentating, first for the Ottawa Senators and now for the Florida Panthers.

Larry Robinson had a NHL playing career that lasted from 1973 to 1992 and also a coaching career that lasted from 1995 to 2006. He's the older brother of another Montreal Canadiens defenseman, Moe Robinson.

Although he's most notable for his time with the Los Angeles Kings, Marcel Dionne also played for both the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers. One of the things that influenced his departure from his initial team, the Red Wings, was the fact that they failed to make the playoffs during his time there.

Mark Messier holds the distinction of being the only player who has captained two separate teams to championship wins. In fact, it was under his leadership that the New York Rangers finally ended their Stanley Cup drought (which had been ongoing for 54 years).

Although he's perhaps most notable for his skill on the ice, Doug Harvey was also an ardent critic of the professional hockey establishment. One of his major gripes with the league at the time was the relatively low salaries that players earned, in contrast to the millions that team owners made.

Terry Sawchuk is notable for having the most wins of any goaltender who played during the 25 seasons of the "Original Six." His playing career lasted from 1949 to 1970, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971 (one year after his death).

Although he was a defenseman, Paul Coffey is perhaps most notable for his scoring during his career. He's currently the record holder for "most goals by a defenseman in one season," having scored 48 during the 1985-86 season.

Red Kelly (full name Leonard Patrick "Red" Kelly) was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after a career that lasted from 1947 to 1967. He was also a professional coach for 10 years and had a career in politics under the Liberal Party of Canada.

Although his professional career only lasted from 1970 to 1979, Ken Dryden's impact on the sport has led to him being hailed as one of the best goaltenders of all time. He's currently a politician with the Liberal Party of Canada and teaches a Canadian Studies course at McGill University.

Bryan Trottier has notably won the Stanley Cup seven times: twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins, four times with the New York Islanders and once with the Colorado Avalanche as an assistant coach. He became a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility.

Frank Mahovlich played alongside his bother during his time with the Montreal Canadiens. In 1998, he also became a Liberal Senator in the Canadian Senate.

Maurice Richard was a skilled right winger who played in over a dozen All-Star games and played with the Montreal Canadiens for 18 seasons. He's also notable for being the first NHL player to reach the milestone of 500 career goals.

Although his time with the Montreal Canadiens was his most successful, Guy Lafleur also played for the New York Rangers and the now-defunct Quebec Nordiques. He was also notably appointed as an honorary colonel of the 12 Radar Squadron air force unit.

Jacques Plante's original stint in the NHL lasted from 1952 to 1965. However, he came out of retirement in 1968 to play for the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins. He finally retired for good in 1975 and is notable for being the first goaltender to regularly wear a mask during regulation play.

Howie Morenz is one of the most celebrated centers who played during the early 1900s. He was perhaps most notable for his impressive speed compared to his peers, a fact that earned him the nicknames "Mitchel Meteor" and "Stratford Streak."

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