2010-04-12 @ 19:38:00
Jaromír Jágr (born February 15, 1972) is a professional ice hockey right winger who plays for Avangard Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. Jágr formerly played in the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, and New York Rangers.
Jágr was the fifth overall selection in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He would win two consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1991 and 1992 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his career he has won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading point scorer five times, received the Lester B. Pearson Award as voted by the NHL Players' Association three times, and won a Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player. He has been named to seven NHL First All-Star Teams. Jágr is currently in the top fifteen among players in NHL career goals, assists and points (as of the end of the 2008–09 NHL season), and is the all-time leader among European trained players in all three categories. Jágr recently was chosen as the Czech Republic's flag bearer for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
He is one of a very elite group of hockey players to have won the Stanley Cup (1991, 1992), the Ice Hockey World Championships (2005), and the Olympic gold medal in the ice hockey tournament (1998). This is known as the Triple Gold Club, and Jagr was the 15th player to complete it out of 23 total, as of March 2010.
2010-04-12 @ 19:33:48
Gordon "Gordie" Howe, (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a retired professional ice hockey player from Canada who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the World Hockey Association (WHA). Howe is often referred to as Mr. Hockey, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
Howe is most famous for his scoring prowess, physical strength, and career longevity. He is the only player to have competed in the NHL in five (1940s through 1980s) different decades. A four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, he won six Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player and six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer. He was the recipient of the first NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Howe was also referred to during his career as Power, Mr. Everything, Mr. All-Star, The Most, The Great Gordie, The King of Hockey, The Legend, The Man, No. 9, and "Mr. Elbows" (for his tough physical play). His name and nickname, "Mr. Hockey", as well as his wife's nickname as "Mrs. Hockey", are registered trademarks.
2010-04-12 @ 19:31:57
Mario Lemieux, (born October 5, 1965) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. He played 17 seasons as a forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1984 and 2005. Lemieux was a gifted playmaker and fast skater, despite his large size and strength. Lemieux often beat defencemen with fakes and dekes. He is currently the Penguins' principal owner and chairman of the board, having bought the team out of bankruptcy in 1999. He is the only person ever to win the Stanley Cup as both a player and an owner.
Gretzky - The Greatest One
2010-04-12 @ 19:15:19
Wayne Douglas Gretzky - born January 26, 1961; is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. Nicknamed "The Great One", Gretzky was called "the greatest player of all time" in Total Hockey: The Official Encyclopedia of the NHL. He is generally regarded as the best player in the history of the NHL, and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and coaches. Upon his retirement on April 18, 1999, he held forty regular-season records, fifteen playoff records, and six All-Star records. He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season—a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 15 WHA/NHL seasons, 14 of them consecutive. Gretzky's jersey number, 99, has been retired by all teams in the National Hockey League. He was voted one of six players to the International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) Centennial All-Star Team in a poll conducted by a group of 56 experts from 16 countries.
Jared Staal - the youngest one
2010-03-01 @ 17:22:53
Jared Staal (born August 21, 1990 in Thunder Bay, Ontario) is an ice hockey player currently with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. He is the younger brother of Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes, Marc Staal of the New York Rangers, and Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jordan Staal - not the youngest
2010-03-01 @ 17:21:47
Jordan Staal (born on September 10, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).
After a two-year Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career, in which he won a J. Ross Robertson Cup and appeared in the 2006 Memorial Cup with the Peterborough Petes, Staal was drafted second overall by the Penguins in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He made the immediate jump from junior to the NHL after being drafted and set several NHL records in his rookie season, including youngest player to score on a penalty shot, to score two shorthanded goals in one game, to score a hat trick, and the most shorthanded goals by a rookie in one season. Staal was also a Calder Memorial Trophy nominee and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.
Among his Penguins teammates, Staal is known as "Gronk". The nickname, which is a reference to the Marvel comic book supervillain, was given to him by former Penguins teammate Colby Armstrong, because of his strong and large on-ice presence.
Staal is one of three brothers playing in the NHL, along with Eric of the Carolina Hurricanes and Marc of the New York Rangers. Youngest brother Jared has also been drafted into the NHL.
Internationally, he has represented Team Canada once at the 2007 World Championships, winning a gold medal.
Marc Staal - almost the oldest
2010-03-01 @ 17:19:45
Marc Staal (born January 13, 1987 in Thunder Bay, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. He is the younger brother of Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes, and older brother of Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jared Staal, who was drafted in 2008 by the Phoenix Coyotes.
Eric Staal - the oldest brother
2010-03-01 @ 17:12:57
Eric Staal (born October 29, 1984 in Thunder Bay, Ontario) is a Canadian ice hockey player and the team captain for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. He is the older brother of Jordan Staal, who is playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Marc Staal, who is playing for the New York Rangers, and Jared Staal, who was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
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