NHL History: The Best Player at Every Number, #91-99

Sergei Fedorov #91, Detroit Red Wings Mandatory Credit: Tom Pidgeon /Allsport
Sergei Fedorov #91, Detroit Red Wings Mandatory Credit: Tom Pidgeon /Allsport /
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Connor McDavid #97, Edmonton Oilers
Connor McDavid #97, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) /

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, the NHL was dominated by the same players. Leading the league in scoring, winning Stanley Cups, consistent hockey, playoff appearances, and appearances on SportsCenter. These players dominated hockey like no other players dominated their sport. The unreal ability of these athletes to do this night in and night out, year after year is stunning when we look back.

The NHL was different back then. The players below would be in the top 10 of scoring every year and show no signs of weakness. This was a time when players would basically get away with anything and yet they would score a hat trick injured. Players were a different breed back then but it does not discount what the amazing players can do now.

Hockey in today’s world has some of the best players in the world playing in the NHL. Yes, times are different in terms of style and physical play but players are just as consistent. Players today can make moves at full speed that players ten years ago could not make. Regardless, the players on this final list are here for a reason, they are the best players to wear a particular number. Those who were not chosen are no less important, just did not produce as much or have the longevity that these players do.

We can all agree that hockey players are the best in the world. The sacrifices they go through to lift Lord Stanely’s Cup at the season’s end are priceless. They give their all and in the end, it is worth the price they paid for 82 games. The game is special, and the players who play the game are special. We should embrace the game of hockey as it has given us so much to be thankful for.