The Real Legendary NHL Team

At the 2004 All-Star game in St. Paul on Sunday, they named the NHL Legendary All-Star Team, which consisted of Wayne Gretzky centering Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull, a Bobby Orr – Ray Bourque defensive pairing, and Patrick Roy in the net. When you think of the all-time line, this is really a fine choice. However, last time I checked, a team is made up of twenty guys, not six.

And while I’m sure these six would make most of fans’ lists for an all-time team, the other fourteen spots bring up discussion. It’s how you build an all-time team of legends. Do you build it with a bunch of Norris Trophy winners on defense and Art Ross recipients putting the biscuit in the basket? Or, would you build it with the facts that star power doesn’t always guarantee winning (for more information on this, write to New York Rangers – 2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10121).

As far as what we’ll see from the responses here, the players chosen show people’s personality, and the aspects they admire most. Some people might have Tiger Williams as their fourth line enforcer, while some might want to add Luc Robitaille for a whole different kind of fourth-line “punch”. Some might want Kevin Lowe and Rod Langway for an elite stay at home combo, while others might prefer a more nasty pairing of Scott Stevens and Derian Hatcher, or even the speedy Paul Coffey with… well, I think you get the point.

For myself, if I had to pick twenty players for my greatest team of all-time, these would be my line setups:

Coach: Scotty Bowman

Captains: Mark Messier (C), Larry Robinson (A), Bobby Clarke (A)

Forward Lines (W-C-W):

Bobby Hull – Wayne Gretzky – Mike Bossy

Gordie Howe – Mark Messier – Mike Gartner

Rocket Richard – Phil Esposito – Guy Lafleur

Dave Schultz – Bobby Clarke – Tiger Williams

Defense Pairings:

Bobby Orr – Ray Bourque

Larry Robinson – Doug Harvey

Scott Stevens – Tim Horton


Patrick Roy

Terry Sawchuk

Now, this is where it’s all up to some debate… so what’s your “perfect” legendary team?