The Most Famous Canadian Hockey Player: Ranking the Icons of the Ice

Choose the player you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 10:50
Welcome to StrawPoll, where your opinion matters! Get ready to dive into the icy world of Canadian hockey legends as we rank the most famous Canadian hockey players of all time! With thousands of polls and rankings covering an array of topics, we turn our attention towards the greats who have graced the ice with their unmatched skills, passion, and sportsmanship. So, whether you're a die-hard fan of Wayne Gretzky or rooting for Sidney Crosby, it's time to cast your vote and let your voice be heard! And if you think we've missed a deserving name, don't hold back - suggest your favorite player and watch as the rankings shift. Lace up your skates, grab your stick, and let's hit the ice for the ultimate showdown in Canadian hockey history!

Who Is the Most Famous Canadian Hockey Player? (October 2023)

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    Wayne Gretzky - often called "The Great One," Gretzky is widely considered the greatest hockey player of all time. He holds numerous NHL records and led the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup wins.
    Wayne Gretzky in other rankings
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    Orr revolutionized the role of defensemen in hockey and won two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in NHL history.
    Bobby Orr in other rankings
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    Lemieux was a dominant force in the NHL during the 1990s and won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    Mario Lemieux in other rankings
  4. 4
    Richard was the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season and was a key player on the Montreal Canadiens team that won eight Stanley Cups in the 1940s and 1950s.
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    Sidney Crosby
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    Crosby has won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins and is regarded as one of the best players of his generation. He has also won numerous individual awards, including two Hart Trophies as the NHL's most valuable player.
    Sidney Crosby in other rankings
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    Howe played for 26 seasons in the NHL and is one of the most durable and versatile players in league history. He won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.
    Gordie Howe in other rankings
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    Béliveau won ten Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in NHL history. He was also known for his leadership and sportsmanship.
  8. 8
    Messier won six Stanley Cups during his career and is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in NHL history. He was also a prolific scorer and won two Hart Trophies as the NHL's most valuable player.
    Mark Messier in other rankings
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    Doug Gilmour
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    Gilmour was a key player on the Calgary Flames team that won the Stanley Cup in 1989 and had a successful career with several other teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    Doug Gilmour in other rankings
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    Yzerman spent his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings and won three Stanley Cups. He was also a key player on the Canadian national team, winning Olympic gold in 2002. He is currently the general manager of the Red Wings.
    Steve Yzerman in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous player

  1. Achievements
    The number of awards won during their career such as Stanley Cups, Olympic medals, Hart Trophies, Art Ross Trophies, Conn Smythe Trophies and others.
  2. Statistical records
    The players' statistics are a vital factor to take into account. These can include goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and other stats that showcase their ability on the ice.
  3. Longevity
    The length of the player’s career, and the consistency of their impact over that time should also be taken into account.
  4. Influence on the game
    The impact that a player has had on the game of hockey, both on and off the ice, can also be considered.
  5. Public perception
    The public's perception and continued support, admiration and love of a player can also be an indication of their fame and influence.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous Canadian hockey player. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or your favorite player is missing from the list, feel free to help us improve the ranking.


  • 166 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each player once every 24 hours. The rank of each player is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous canadian hockey player

Hockey is a national sport of Canada and has been a significant part of Canadian culture for over a century. With a number of famous hockey players hailing from the country, it is difficult to determine who the most famous Canadian hockey player is. Canada has produced legendary players such as Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Bobby Orr, who have all made significant contributions to the sport. However, the question of who is the most famous Canadian hockey player remains a topic of debate among hockey enthusiasts. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the most popular contenders for this title and explore their achievements on and off the ice.