Can You Name the NHL Legend if We Give You the Teams They've Played On?



By: Gavin Thagard

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Not every NHL franchise is the same, and some teams better benefit certain players than others. That's why a young star needs to end up on the team that best fits their style of play, so they can start establishing their legacy from the start of their career rather than wasting their talent year after year on a team that isn't going anywhere. Of course, that doesn't mean players can't still be great on mediocre teams, but to really shine, a star has to show what they have in the playoffs.

Some NHL legends learned this lesson the hard way, spending the prime of their career trying to elevate a team that never went anywhere. Then, they finally moved on to better horizons, where they were able to show their skills off on the biggest stages. Others were able to hit the ground running, and a lucky few spent their entire career with one team, winning both individual awards while also having team success.

Do you know which NHL legends flocked from team to team and which ones will forever be remembered as stars for a single franchise? From the top scorers to the best goalies, this quiz covers them all. Get started and see if your knowledge of the game matches the legacies these players established on the ice.

This NHL legend wore No. 99 for the Oilers, Kings, Blues and Rangers. Who is he?

As a player who sits atop the record books, there's a reason Wayne Gretzky is called "The Great One." Gretzky started his career in 1979 and continued to dominate the league until 1999. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame the same year he retired, as the NHL wanted to honor him by waiving the waiting period.


Can you identify this Hall of Famer who spent his entire career scoring points with the Penguins?

Near the end of his career, Mario Lemieux went from a player for the Pittsburgh Penguins to an owner of the team as well. A testament to his greatness on and off the ice, Lemieux won two championships as a player and three as an owner.


Do you recognize this former player who changed the role of a defenseman while playing for the Bruins and Black Hawks?

Even with all the individual accolades from Hart Trophies to All-Star selections, Bobby Orr will probably best be remembered for scoring "The Goal" in overtime of Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final. The goal helped Orr capture his first of two championships.


The Capitals haven't been disappointed by which superstar shown here throughout his NHL career?

Evident by his eight Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophies, Alexander Ovechkin is one of the top goal scorers in NHL history. Ovechkin's highest-scoring season came in 2007-08 when he scored 65 goals and 112 points.


Carrying the nickname "Mr. Hockey," who is this legend that played for the Red Wings and Whalers?

Gordie Howe is one of the few players who continued to excel even as he aged. He didn't officially retire until he was 52 after playing his final season with the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80.


Are you familiar with this player who became a star playing right wing for the Canadiens?

Maurice "The Rocket" Richard earned his nickname because he approached the other team's goal like a rocket when he was going in to score. The reference wasn't just to his speed, either, as Richard had a level of determination that few other players could match.


Playing for the Devils and Blues, this player established himself as one of the greatest goalies to ever defend the net. Is he a player you're familiar with?

Known for his reflexes around the net and ability to handle a puck, Martin Brodeur shut down opposing offenses. His dominance led the NHL to change its rules, where it was required that goaltenders only play the puck within a designated area.


What's the name of this elite scorer who started his career with the Penguins before moving on to play for the Capitals, Rangers, Flyers, Stars, Bruins, Devils, Panthers and Flames?

In the 1990s, when Jaromir Jagr was most dominant, scoring was down across the league because of tougher defensive play. However, that didn't apply to Jagr, who scored over 100 points three times in the decade.


The Canadiens added 10 Stanley Cups to their trophy case with which player depicted here on their roster?

Jean Beliveau was the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, an award given to the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He received the award in 1965, the same year he won his sixth championship.


How well do you know this player who captained the Oilers and Rangers to championships before going on to play for the Canucks?

Mark Messier's NHL playing career spanned four decades from the 1970s through the 2000s. Messier made his first All-Star Game in 1982 and continued to make them until his final season in 2004.


Did you have a chance to watch this legend play for the Islanders before he retired in 1987?

Mike Bossy was one of the leaders and top scorers for the New York Islanders when they won four straight Stanley Cup championships between 1980 and 1983. The team went to the Stanley Cup Finals again in 1984 but finally lost to the Edmonton Oilers.


Select the name of this Hall of Famer who went on to become the general manager of the Red Wings after spending his entire career playing for them.

Steve Yzerman was a player known for his leadership, which is why he became the captain of the Detroit Red Wings in 1986 at the age of 21. He went on to captain the team longer than anyone else in NHL history.


A defenseman who was also an elite scorer with the Bruins and Avalanche, who is this?

After playing for the Boston Bruins from the 1979-80 season until halfway through the 1999-00 season, Ray Bourque was shipped to the Colorado Avalanche after he requested a trade in hopes of finally winning a championship. The move paid off as the Avalanche won the title in 2001, sending Bourque out a champion.


Can you identify this legend who was drafted by the Red Wings, the same team he retired with?

Regarded as one of the best at his position, Nicklas Lidstrom played defenseman throughout his NHL career and won seven James Norris Memorial Trophies, an award given to the NHL's best defenseman. As a member of the Detroit Red Wings, his team never missed the playoffs during his tenure.


The Canadiens, Rangers and Nordiques all enjoyed the talents of this former star. Who is he?

An offensive juggernaut, Guy Lafleur scored at least 50 goals and 100 points for six consecutive seasons between 1974-75 and 1979-80. He accomplished that feat while playing for the Montreal Canadiens, as he wouldn't move on from the team until the end of his career.


One of the most explosive players to ever hit the ice, do you recognize this legend who played for the Black Hawks, Jets and Whalers?

Nicknamed "The Golden Jet," Bobby Hull had a speed that could get him from one side of the ice to the other in seconds. That, combined with his shooting power, made him a versatile offensive threat, as he led the league in goals seven times.


Are you familiar with this goalie who kept other teams from scoring against the Canadiens and Avalanche?

It's easy to see why Patrick Roy is an NHL legend considering he's the only player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy three times for his heroics in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He's also the only player to win the award with two different teams, the Canadiens and Avalanche.


This player showed off his left-handed shot for the Oilers, Penguins, Kings, Red Wings, Whalers, Flyers, Blackhawks, Hurricanes and Bruins. What's his name?

Paul Coffey holds the regular-season record for most goals scored by a defenseman at 48, which he accomplished during the 1985-86 season. He also scored over 100 points a total of five seasons, an extremely rare accomplishment for his position.


How well do you know this NHL star who spent his 18-year career with the Black Hawks, Bruins and Rangers?

Having spent his prime with the Boston Bruins, the team honored Phil Esposito by retiring his No. 7 jersey in 1987. The move was surprising at the time because the number was being worn by their current star Ray Bourque, who willingly accepted No. 77 as a replacement.


The Flyers won two championships in the '70s guided by which player depicted here?

The Philadelphia Flyers won back to back championships in 1974 and 1975 with Bobby Clarke as their captain, a position he initially held from 1973 until 1979. He again served as captain from 1982 until 1984, the year he retired.


A goalie who racked up 447 regular-season wins with the Red Wings, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Kings and Rangers, is this a player you're familiar with?

When Terry Sawchuk's career came to a close in 1970, he had recorded 103 regular-season shutouts, a record that stood until 2009. However, Sawchuk wouldn't be able to see his contributions honored at the Hall of Fame, as he died before he was elected.


Have you ever heard of this player who laced up his skates for the Red Wings and Black Hawks?

One of Ted Lindsay's greatest contributions to the game of hockey came off the ice, where he helped establish the National Hockey League Players' Association. Partly because of his role in establishing the union, Lindsay was traded from the Detroit Red Wings to the Chicago Black Hawks.


A goaltender with such elite skills that he was known as "The Dominator," who is this former star that played for the Blackhawks, Sabres, Red Wings and Senators?

Dominik Hasek was known for his "flopping" style of goaltending, which was compared to everything from a Slinky to a fish. However, his extreme flexibility made him one of the best goaltenders of all time, as he sits at or near the top of the record books in most goaltending categories.


Select the correct name of this player who was a gifted defenseman for the Canadiens, Rangers, Blues and Red Wings.

Doug Harvey was a revolutionary player at the defenseman position because of his willingness to move the puck up the ice himself rather than pass it off to other players. He wasn't an elite goal scorer himself but did help his teams establish some of the best power plays in NHL history.


This player spent his entire career with the Avalanche franchise even after they moved from Quebec to Colorado. Who is he?

A strong team leader, Joe Sakic helped the Colorado Avalanche win a Stanley Cup championship during their first season in Colorado in 1995-96. That season, Sakic scored a career-high 120 points, which included 51 goals.


Can you identify this elite goal scorer who played for the Flames, Blues, Stars, Red Wings and Coyotes?

Brett Hull was the son of former NHL legend Bobby Hull. Known for his high-level scoring prowess, Brett Hull once scored 86 goals in a season while playing for the St. Louis Blues, which is the third-highest total in NHL history.


After starting off hot as a rookie with the Jets, which player shown here continued to excite fans while playing for the Ducks, Sharks and Avalanche?

Known as "The Finnish Flash," Teemu Selanne immediately made an impact when he played his first NHL season in 1992-93. That year, he scored a rookie record 76 goals and 132 points, which earned him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the rookie of the year.


Do you know this legend whose skating speed was nearly unmatched as he utilized it to win games with the Canucks, Panthers and Rangers?

Pavel Bure, nicknamed "The Russian Rocket," had as great an international career as he had a career in the NHL. He won a gold medal with the Soviet Union in the 1990 Men's Ice Hockey World Championship and was elected into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2012.


A star for the Red Wings, Kings and Rangers, is this former second overall draft pick a player you recognize?

Marcel Dionne had a fierce individual competition against Wayne Gretzky during the 1979-80 season for the Art Ross Trophy. Both players finished the season with 137 points, but Dionne had two more goals than Gretzky and took home the award.


Will you be able to identify this center who spent his entire career with the Black Hawks, who retired his number in 1980?

In terms of individual accolades, Stan Mikita is one of the most recognized players in the history of the NHL. In fact, he's the only player to ever win the Hart Memorial Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in a single season.


A star defenseman with three James Norris Memorial Trophies, how well do you know this legend who played for the Islanders?

Denis Potvin set many firsts for defensemen across the NHL, including being the first to score 300 goals and 1,000 points in the regular season. He carried those skills into the playoffs, where he retired as the all-time leader for a defenseman in goals, assists and points.


Two teams, the Canadiens and Kings, got to enjoy the talents of which player depicted in this image?

Larry Robinson went into coaching after he retired as a player in 1992. After taking over as the interim head coach of the New Jersey Devils in 2000, he led the team to a Stanley Cup championship, becoming the first interim head coach to win a championship.


The first overall pick in 1991, who is this former star that played for the Flyers, Rangers, Maple Leafs and Stars?

When Eric Lindros was drafted with the first pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques, he famously refused to play for the team, as he didn't like the ownership. He stuck to his word and was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1992, launching his Hall of Fame career.


Are you familiar with this legend who played from 1984 until 2010 for the Canadiens, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Thrashers?

Chris Chelios' lengthy career spanned 26 seasons with a total of 1,651 games, which is seventh-most all time. When he retired in 2010, Chelios was 48 years old, making him the oldest active player in the league at the time.


A playmaker who spent time with the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Bruins, what's the name of this NHL legend?

Brian Leetch had an incredible playoff run with the New York Rangers on their way to a championship in 1994, scoring 11 goals and 34 points. For his play on both ends of the court, he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.


Can you identify this star who won championships with the Islanders and Penguins?

On any given night throughout his career, which lasted from 1975 until 1994, Bryan Trottier could put on an otherworldly performance. In fact, he scored five goals on more than one occasion, a rare feat for any hockey legend.


Select the correct name of this legend who used his ferocity to help the Whalers, Blues, Oilers, Ducks and Flyers win games.

Chris Pronger is one of only a few defensemen to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP, which he accomplished in the 1999-00 season. On his way to winning the award, Pronger had a plus-minus rating of 52 after scoring 62 points.


A balanced player on offense and defense, is this legend who spent time with the Avalanche, Flyers and Predators familiar to you?

The only thing that slowed Peter Forsberg down on the ice was his health, as he rarely played over 70 games in a season. His physicality is what often resulted in these injuries because he was never afraid to lay his body on the line.


Do you recognize this star for the Red Wings who was always a marvel for fans to watch?

Pavel Datsyuk found as much success internationally as he did in the NHL. After winning two Stanley Cup championships, Datsyuk went on to win both a World Championship gold medal and an Olympic gold medal, making him a member of the Triple Gold Club.


Known for his ability to set up teammates with open shots, how well do you know this legend who made plays for the Whalers, Penguins, Hurricanes and Maple Leafs?

Considering Ron Francis sits near the top of several records, it's no surprise that he was a first ballot Hall of Famer, elected in 2007. He was further honored by the Carolina Hurricanes, who retired his number, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who added him to their Ring of Honor.


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