NHL: The Best Player at Every Jersey Number, #71-80

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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In this week’s best players in NHL history at jersey numbers 71-80, we look at one Hall of Famers and players who flew under the radar.

This group has produced some memorable moments during their NHL careers, but not all players were as highly skilled as some of their teammates. Some of these players are future Hall of Famers and rightfully so, while others will not get a vote but had successful careers.

There are two goaltenders on this list, one current and one retired, both of which are underappreciated, because they did not lead the league in several categories. They played huge roles in their teams’ success and both still play important roles, one on the ice and one off the ice.

The Hall of Famer on this list was one of the very best on the ice at his position. He had a very unusual jersey switch, one that may cause people and fans to not remember his original number.

Here are the best players in NHL history at every number, #71-80.

Hockey players leave an impact on the sport, regardless of stats or championships. One way or another they leave an impact, maybe small in detail but they leave something to the game of hockey.

For some, it’s just playing the game some players have dreamed of this their entire lives, lacing up their first pair of skates shortly after they learn how to walk, or maybe it’s the only moment they shared with their friends or family.

Some of these players will never reach award status or win the Stanley Cup, but just stepping on NHL ice was something they wanted to achieve. A few players on this list will never even play above the 3rd line, but they make an impact because of their role and desire to play that role.

Hockey players come from all races, all backgrounds, and different financial backgrounds. Every story is different but one thing is the same: They meet on a sheet of ice and play the game they love.

Here are the best players in NHL history to wear jersey numbers 71-80.