Atlanta Thrashers Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

The Atlanta Thrashers were an NHL team that brought the excitement of professional ice hockey to Georgia. Established in 1997, they joined the National Hockey League as its 28th franchise and made their debut during the 1999-2000 season. As members of the Southeast Division, they played at Philips Arena where fans flocked to watch them compete against some of North America’s best teams for over a decade before sadly ceasing operations in 2011. Regardless, their legacy still lives on today among those who fondly remember watching this remarkable squad take on legendary clubs from around the continent – proving themselves to be one of sport’s most enduring stories out of The Peach State.

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1. Ilya Kovalchuk

Left wing

Ilya Kovalchuk Career

  • National team: Russia
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2001
  • Atlanta Thrashers

Ilya Kovalchuk was born on April 15, 1983 in Kalinin, Russia. He is 6'3" and weighs 227 pounds. 

Ilya played for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2007 to 2018 before signing with the New Jersey Devils in July of this year.

Ilya's shot is right-handed and he has 154 goals and 277 assists in 906 career NHL games; putting him second all time among Russian players behind only Sergei Fedorov (389 goals). 

Ilya was a first team All Star twice (2008, 2010) as well as a member of both the Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers (2005), and Olympic Gold Medalist Canada squad at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics Ilya Kovalchuk is a Russian professional ice hockey player who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL).

In 2001, he was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Thrashers. He played for teams such as SKA Saint Petersburg, Avangard Omsk and Los Angeles Kings before moving to Montreal Canadiens in 2009. 

After three seasons with Montreal, Kovalchuk left North America to play for the Washington Capitals until his retirement in 2016-17 season at age 39 due to injury. 

Ilya Kovalchuk has won two Stanley Cup titles with both Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils respectively in 2008 and 2018; thus making him one of only five players to win multiple championships with different NHL clubs (the others being Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy and Sidney Crosby).

He also holds records for most goals scored in an NHL career (691), most points scored in an NHL career (1,816) and most assists in an NHL career (741).

2. Zach Bogosian

Zach Bogosian Career

  • 2004–05: Cushing Academy
  • 2005–06: Cushing Academy
  • 2006–07: Peterborough Petes
  • 2007–08: Peterborough Petes
  • 2008–09: Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2008–09: Chicago Wolves
  • 2009–10: Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2010–11: Atlanta Thrashers

Zach Bogosian is a defenseman for the Buffalo Sabres. He was drafted by the Sabres in 2009, and has since played over 600 games with them. Bogosian has been quite durable throughout his career, playing in at least 66% of all games he's appeared in.

He is best known for his shotblocking ability; according to hockeyreference., he has blocked more shots than any other player during the past four seasons combined. 

In 2016-17, Bogosian had a down year statistically; however, he still managed to play over 20 minutes per game and help lead the Sabres to their first playoff berth since 2006.

Bogosian is married and has two children who are both teenagers - one boy and one girl - together they make up what is apparently an interesting family life off the ice. Zach Bogosian is a defenseman for the Winnipeg Jets. 

He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008 and has since played for them, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Buffalo Sabres.

Zach Bogosian is considered to be one of the best defensive defensemen in the NHL. His strong play on the ice has earned him many accolades including being named to two All-Star teams (2011, 2013). 

In addition to his hockey career, Zach also has an education background which he uses frequently during interviews or when speaking about hockey matters outside of rink time.

As a young player growing up in Minnesota, Bogosian participated in both inline skating and figure skating competitively before turning his attention fully to hockey at age 12 years old. 

Born on October 17th 1988 in St Paul MN., Zach currently lives with wife Brooke and their son Zander near Nashville TN where they run a horse farm together.

3. Dustin Byfuglien


Dustin Byfuglien Career

  • 2003–04: Prince George Cougars
  • 2004–05: Prince George Cougars
  • 2005–06: Norfolk Admirals
  • 2005–06: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2006–07: Norfolk Admirals
  • 2006–07: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2007–08: Rockford IceHogs
  • 2007–08: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2008–09: Chicago Blackhawks

Dustin Byfuglien is an American professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). 

He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and has since played for several other teams, including Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings.

In 2016, he joined his fourth NHL team when he signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets. Known for his powerful slapshot and physical play, Byfuglien has twice been voted to serve as captain of his team; first with Avalanche in 2009–10 season and then again with Capitals in 2013–14 season. 

He is married to Jennifer Schamberg and they have two children together: Jackson Arthur Sullivan Byfuglien (born May 1st 2014) and Ella Elizabeth Annabelle "Lena" Byfuglien (born March 10th 2017).

Dustin's hobbies include hunting big game such as elk, deer or moose; playing video games; spending time outdoors fishing or skiing.

Watching sports events on television; cooking elaborate meals for friends and family members at home or at restaurants whenever possible; reading non-fiction books about history or science topics that interest him.; collecting vintage cars.

Also Played For: winnipeg jets, 2010–11 nhl season

4. Tobias Enström

Tobias Enström Career

  • 2002: Sweden
  • 2003: Sweden
  • 2004: Sweden
  • 2007: Sweden
  • 2009: Sweden
  • 2010: Sweden

Tobias Enström is a defenceman who has spent his entire NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets. Enström was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his NHL debut with them in 2005-06 and has since played over 600 games for them, scoring 43 goals and 143 assists along the way. In 2014, he signed as a free agent with HC Sochi of Russia's KHL after being released by Winnipeg at the end of that season.

He helped Sochi to win both their Russian League Championship and Cup during his two years there before returning to Manitoba in 2016-17. Enström married fellow Swede Elin Nordegren in 2009; they have one daughter together, Lilla Sofia (born 2011). Tobias Enström played for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2002 to 2020.

Enström was drafted by the team in the 239th overall draft in 2003. He is a Sweden international and has appeared in several tournaments, most notably at the 2006 Winter Olympics where he helped his country win a silver medal. 

After leaving the Thrashers, Enström signed with EC Red Bull Salzburg before retiring after four seasons with them in 2021/22 season.

5. Ron Hainsey

Ron Hainsey

Ron Hainsey was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He has spent most of his career with the Maple Leafs, though he has also played for Carolina and Montreal.

In 2017, Hainsey announced that he would be retiring from professional hockey at the end of that year. Hainsey is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (2006 with Toronto and 2014 with Carolina) and a five-time All-Star selection (2005–08, 2010–13).

He was named to Canada's Olympic team for both Vancouver Games in 2010 and Sochi Games in 2014 but did not play due to injury.

Outside of hockey, Hainsey is an actor who has appeared in supporting roles on television shows such as NCIS: Los Angeles and Dexter Ron Hainsey was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 13th round of the 2000 NHL Draft.

His playing career started with stints with the Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets, before he moved on to Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets, Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Toronto Maple Leafs. 

He retired from professional hockey after a decade-long career in 2020. Ron Hainsey is currently an assistant coach for the United States Men's National Team.

6. Marián Hossa

Marián Hossa Career

  • Dukla Trenčín
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Mora IK
  • Atlanta Thrashers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • National team: Slovakia
  • NHL Draft: 12th overall, 1997
  • Ottawa Senators

Marián Hossa is a Hall of Fame-bound right wing who has spent his entire NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks. 

He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round (27th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, but never played for them because he chose to play for HC Kladno in his native Czech Republic instead.

The Blackhawks acquired him midway through the 2005–06 season and he went on to score over 600 goals and 1,000 points in Chicago's black & gold jersey, winning two Stanley Cups along the way (2009, 2010). 

Injuries have been a somewhat common occurrence throughout Hossa's lengthy career; however, even when sidelined he has always contributed significantly both offensively and defensively for Chicago - making him one of their most respected players ever.

On 10 May 2020 it was announced that Marián Hossa had been elected into Hockey Hall of Fame as an inaugural member alongside former teammate Patrick Kane.

7. Dany Heatley

Left wing

Dany Heatley Career

  • Atlanta Thrashers
  • SC Bern
  • Ak Bars Kazan
  • Ottawa Senators
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 2000
  • Atlanta Thrashers

Dany Heatley is a left wing who has played for the Atlanta Thrashers and San Jose Sharks. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2001, but he never played with them because of contract disputes.

He signed with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2004 and helped them to win two Stanley Cups that year. In 2007, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks where he won another Stanley Cup in 2012. 

Dany Heatley is one of only five players ever to score 50 goals and 100 points in a season (2003–04).

He retired from professional hockey after winning his fourth Stanley Cup with the Sharks in 2016-17 Dany Heatley was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2nd round of the 2000 NHL Draft. 

He played for SC Bern, Ak Bars Kazan, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks before joining the Minnesota Wild in 2016.

In 2001 he won his first Stanley Cup with the Ottawa Senators. He also earned a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics and a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics with Team Canada respectively. 

On March 9th, 2017 Dany Heatley announced his retirement from professional hockey after 17 seasons playing in over 1000 games.

8. Evander Kane

Left wing

Evander Kane Career

  • 2006–07: Vancouver Giants
  • 2007–08: Vancouver Giants
  • 2008–09: Vancouver Giants
  • 2009–10: Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2010–11: Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2011–12: Winnipeg Jets
  • 2012–13: Dinamo Minsk

Evander Kane is a left wing who has played for the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Thrashers. Evander Kane was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

He had his best season with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011-12 where he scored 30 goals and 58 points. In July 2014, Evander Kane was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Ryan O'Reilly and Mikhail Grabovski .

The following year (2015), Evander Kane signed with Russian team HC Sochi where he spent one season before returning to North America again with the Buffalo Sabres ahead of the 2016-17 season. 

In 2017-18, Evander Kane led all scoring forwards on Team Canada at during their Olympic Qualifying tournament earning him a spot on their roster for PyeongChang 2018 as an injury replacement for Sidney Crosby.

Evander Kane has been suspended multiple times throughout his career including two suspensions from 2017 onwards after sexual assault allegations were made against him which he has denied.

9. Garnet Exelby

Garnet Exelby

Garnet Exelby is an experienced player in the NHL, having spent parts of 8 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. He was drafted by the Red Wings in the second round (41st overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2011, he signed a two-year contract as a free agent with Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. With Grand Rapids, he led all defensemen in scoring during his first season and won both the Calder Trophy and MVP Award for playoff success that year.

Exelby has played at various positions throughout his career but is now considered to be primarily a defenseman due to his excellent skating ability and puck moving skills from that position Exelby represented Canada at both World Championships (2004 & 2006).

Olympic Games (2010) as well as multiple IIHF World Championship tournaments.

10. Andrew Ladd

Andrew Ladd Career

  • 2001–02: Port Coquitlam Buckaroos
  • 2001–02: Vancouver Giants
  • 2002–03: Coquitlam Express
  • 2003–04: Calgary Hitmen
  • 2004–05: Calgary Hitmen
  • 2005–06: Lowell Lock Monsters
  • 2005–06: Carolina Hurricanes
  • 2006–07: Carolina Hurricanes
  • 2007–08: Albany River Rats

Andrew Ladd is a left wing who plays for the New York Islanders. He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and has played for them, as well as other teams, since then.

In 2018-19 he recorded 35 points (12 goals and 23 assists) in 82 games, helping his team make it to the playoffs. Andrew Ladd is married with two children and lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Andrew Ladd began his career with the Arizona Coyotes.

From 2005 to 2010, he played for the Carolina Hurricanes before joining Chicago Blackhawks in 2011. In 2012, he was traded to Atlanta Thrashers where he spent two seasons before being traded to Winnipeg Jets in 2014. 

He has since played for the New York Islanders and Canada's National team throughout his NHL career.

Also Played For: nhl 16

11. Maxim Afinogenov

Maxim Afinogenov

Maxim Afinogenov is a Russian professional footballer who most recently played for Dynamo Moscow. He started his career in 1999 at FC Krasnodar and went on to play for several other Russian clubs before joining Dynamo Moscow in 2009.

Maxim Afinogenov has earned over 100 caps for Russia, scoring 24 goals. He was part of the Russia team that won the 2010 World Cup, as well as the 2006 and 2012 European Championships. 

In February 2014, Afinogenov announced his retirement from international football after playing 97 matches for Russia since 2001 including 57 World Cup matches and 34 UEFA Euro Championship matches.

Maxim Afinogenov is a Russian-born NHL player who spent his entire playing career with the Buffalo Sabres. 

Maxim was drafted in the 69th overall by the Sabres in 1997 and played for them until 2020, amassing over 1,000 points during that time. He won a Stanley Cup with Buffalo in 2006 and represented Russia at both the World Championships and the Olympics. 

After retiring from hockey Maxim began working as an analyst on TSN's coverage of the NHL.

12. Marc Savard

Marc Savard Career

  • 1992–93: Metcalfe Jets
  • 1993–94: Oshawa Generals
  • 1994–95: Oshawa Generals
  • 1995–96: Oshawa Generals
  • 1996–97: Oshawa Generals
  • 1997–98: Hartford Wolf Pack
  • 1997–98: New York Rangers
  • 1998–99: New York Rangers
  • 1998–99: Hartford Wolfpack
  • 1999–2000: Calgary Flames
  • 2000–01: Calgary Flames
  • 2001–02: Calgary Flames
  • 2002–03: Calgary Flames
  • 2002–03: Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2003–04: Atlanta Thrashers

Savard played for the Boston Bruins from 1997 to 2011. Savard won two Stanley Cups with the Bruins in 2010 and 2011. Savard was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012, but he has since recovered.

In 2018, Savard announced his retirement from hockey after 17 seasons in the NHL. Savard is a three-time All-Star and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team twice (in 2003 and 2005). 

In 2007,Savard was awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL that season.

Savard has also been nominated for four Vezina Awards (the league's top goalie award) over his career, winning once (in 2009). Marc Savard currently works as an analyst on Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio station when not playing or coaching hockey himself. 

 9 He resides in Ottawa with his wife Laurie and their two young children.

13. Niclas Hävelid


Niclas Hävelid

Hävelid was a defenceman who played for the Atlanta Thrashers in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 2005 to 2006. Hävelid is best known for his time with HC Frolunda of Sweden, where he won two Swedish Championships and an Olympic Silver Medal in 2002.

After playing four seasons with Frolunda, Hävelid signed with the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent in July 2005. 

In his only season with Atlanta, Hävelid recorded 20 points (four goals and 16 assists) across 56 games played before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks at the trade deadline on March 2, 2006.

On January 1st 2007, after just one month's stint with SC Bern of Switzerland's NLA league, Hävelid signed a contract extension with HC Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). 

In 2009-10 season Niclas had 37 points playing 55 games for HC Slovan Bratislava scoring 5 goals and 26 assists making him team captain also that year. 

He moved to Dinamo Riga during 2011/12 season but decided not to sign a new contract at end of year He Joined Jokerit Helsinki during the 2013/14 season but left club at the conclusion of campaign 9 and Signed deal wit Skelleftea AIK(Sweden’s Elitserien)during May 2015.

14. Chris Thorburn

Chris Thorburn

Thorburn was drafted by the Blues in the 2nd round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He has played for St. Louis, Buffalo, and Arizona Coyotes over his career.

Thorburn is an offensive forward with a heavy shot that he uses to score goals often. 

Thorburn announced his retirement from professional hockey on November 26th, 2017 after playing 14 seasons in the NHL Thorburn was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2001 and played for them until 2019.

2. Thorburn had a modest but productive NHL career, scoring 51 goals and 117 assists in 527 games. 3. Thorburn was an important part of the Sabres teams that made it to the playoffs several times during his time with the team.  

Thorburn also won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2017-18, making him one of only two players ever to win a championship with both Buffalo and Pittsburgh (the other player is Mario Lemieux).

Injuries have taken their toll on Thorburn over recent years, limiting him to just 54 games in 2018-19 due to multiple injuries including an ACL tear which ended his season prematurely.

Despite this trouble,Thorburn still has plenty left in the tank and will be looking for another chance at glory when he returns from injury next year.

15. Nik Antropov

Nik Antropov

Antropov is a veteran of the NHL, having played for Dynamo Moscow and the Winnipeg Jets. He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2001 but never played in North America.

Antropov has had an inconsistent career, but he is still capable of producing points. His strongest attribute may be his ability to play physical hockey – something that could come in handy if he ever makes it back to the NHL Nik Antropov was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1998 and played for them until 2015.

Antropov had a lengthy playing career, consisting of over 800 games. He was a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers, respectively. 

Nik also represented Kazakhstan at international level on several occasions, most notably at the 2010 Winter Olympics where he helped his country to a bronze medal finish.

Antropov retired from professional hockey following the conclusion of the 2014–15 season.

16. Patrik Štefan

Patrik Štefan

Patrik Štefan is a Czech professional ice hockey centre who has played for Sparta Praha, the Long Beach Ice Dogs and HC Lugano in Switzerland. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft but never played in an NHL game.

Sparta Praha during the 2001–02 season, scoring 3 goals and 6 assists over 43 games before being traded to HC Lugano midway through 2002–03 where he had 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) over 15 games before rejoining Sparta Prague at year's end. 

In 2004-05 Štefan helped lead Slavia Praha to their first ever KHL championship while also appearing in 10 playoff games as they were defeated by Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the final series.

After two more seasons with Slavia Prague, Štefan moved on to play for DDM Jönköping of Sweden’s Elitserien league from 2007-08 until 2010-11 before returning home once again to sign with HC Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia’s Extraliga prior to 2012-13 season where he retired after 8th place finish due to injury.

17. František Kaberle

František Kaberle

František Kaberle is a Czech defenceman who has played in the NHL for Carolina Hurricanes. 

He was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 7th round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and spent four seasons with their AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose before being traded to Carolina as part of a deal that sent Kirk McLean to Vancouver.

After playing just one season with Carolina, he was dealt at the trade deadline to Ottawa where he finished his career after only two more games due to injury. 

Kaberle has represented his country at both international tournaments, winning silver medals at both World Championships and Olympic Games respectively while also appearing at multiple World Junior Championships and European Championship events over his career.

Now an assistant coach with HC Kladno, František remains involved in hockey on a much lower level than when he first began playing professionally over 20 years ago.

18. Vyacheslav Kozlov

Left wing

Vyacheslav Kozlov

Kozlov is a Russian left wing who has played for CSKA Moscow and the Atlanta Thrashers. Kozlov was drafted by the Thrashers in the second round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his debut with them in 1999-00, scoring 14 points in 36 games. Kozlov had a breakout season with CSKA Moscow in 2001-02, tallying 49 points (24 goals and 27 assists) in 54 games.

Kozlov continued to produce at an elite level over the next few seasons with CSKA Moscow, however he failed to live up to expectations when he moved to Atlanta for the 2004-05 season where he scored just 7 goals and 22 assists over 53 games before being traded back to Russia midway through that year's campaign.

Kozlov returned home to play for Khimik Voskresensk during 2006-07, recording 18 points (seven goals and 11 assists) in 37 contests before retiring from professional hockey following that season. 

Kozlov currently works as an assistant coach with HC Sochi of Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

19. Mark Recchi

Mark Recchi Career

  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Atlanta Thrashers
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Boston Bruins
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 67th overall, 1988
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • World Championship: 1997 Finland
  • World Junior Championships: 1988 Soviet Union

Mark Recchi is a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, and was one of the most prolific scorers in NHL history. He played for Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes over his 19-year career.

Mark Recchi was known as an excellent right winger who could score goals with either hand. His legendary long shot helped him become one of the most popular players in the NHL during his era. 

In 2017, he was honoured by being named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Influential People in History - a distinction that speaks volumes about his legacy both on and off the ice.

Mark Recchi is a retired professional ice hockey player who spent 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and Atlanta Thrashers. Recchi was born on October 25, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario. 

He played junior hockey for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). After his junior career was over, Recchi signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins in 1987.

He made his NHL debut that season and went on to play 614 regular season games over fourteen seasons with Boston, Pittsburgh and Atlanta before retiring after the 2011–12 season. 

In 1994–95 he won both the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as best gentlemanly player in the NHL and The Frank J Selke Trophy as best defensive forward in league history. 

Mark Recchi has also represented Canada internationally at several tournaments including World Championship tournaments where he won gold medals at both 1997 Finland tournament and 2006 Russia tournament respectively.

On November 2nd 2016 it was announced that Mark recchi had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma which required him to take chemotherapy treatments from December onward until his death on January 17th 2017 at 57 years old due to complications from cancer.

20. Bryan Little

Bryan Little Career

  • 2004–05: Barrie Colts
  • 2005–06: Barrie Colts
  • 2006–07: Barrie Colts
  • 2006–07: Chicago Wolves
  • 2007–08: Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2007–08: Chicago Wolves
  • 2008–09: Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2009–10: Atlanta Thrashers

Bryan Little is a veteran of the NHL and has played for several teams over his career. He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2013, he signed with the Jets as a free agent and helped them make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs that year. Little left Winnipeg after their playoff run and signed with Carolina Hurricanes on July 1, 2014.

He had some good years there before being traded to Nashville Predators in January 2019 . Bryan Little is currently playing for Nashville Predators Bryan Little is a right-handed shot centre who played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets and Carolina Hurricanes during his playing career.

Little was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 12th round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He made his debut with the team in 2007 and has since played over 650 games in the league. 

Bryan Little helped lead both teams to postseason appearances before joining Carolina as an unrestricted free agent at the end of last season.

21. Rich Peverley

Rich Peverley Career

  • 2003–04: St. Lawrence University
  • 2004–05: South Carolina Stingrays
  • 2004–05: Portland Pirates
  • 2005–06: Reading Royals
  • 2005–06: Milwaukee Admirals
  • 2006–07: Milwaukee Admirals
  • 2006–07: Nashville Predators
  • 2007–08: Milwaukee Admirals

Rich Peverley is a centre who played for the Boston Bruins from 2006 to 2012. He was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the third round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, and he made his debut with them in 2002-03.

In 2006, he was traded to the Bruins in exchange for goaltender Tuukka Rask. Peverley had a productive career with Boston, winning Stanley Cups in 2011 and 2013 as well as an Olympic gold medal in 2010. 

After playing his last game for Boston on May 12th, 2014, he announced his retirement from professional hockey at age 38 after 17 seasons Rich Peverley was drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2004 and played for them until 2014.

He also played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Boston Bruins, JYP Jyväskylä, Dallas Stars, and Canada National Team during his career. Rich is best known for his time with the Nashville Predators where he scored 184 points in 438 games. 

After leaving hockey Rich has gone on to work as a color commentator and scout for various teams around the NHL.

Also Played For: echl

22. Jim Slater

Jim Slater Career

  • 2019–2021: Michigan State (assistant)
  • 2019–present: Washington Capitals (development)

Slater was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2nd round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Winnipeg Jets as a free agent during the 2009-10 season and played with them until they were relocated to Phoenix in 2013.

Slater won a Stanley Cup with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2011, becoming one of only six players ever to win a championship with two different teams. After leaving Phoenix, Slater signed with Genève-Servette HC for one season before retiring from professional hockey at age 33 due to injury.

In 2014, Slater became an assistant coach for his old team, Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets, where he currently works as an assistant coach under Paul Maurice. 

Jim is married and has three children; twins James and Johnathan who are both hockey players themselves (Johnathan plays defence), and Emma who competes on ice skates at advanced levels.

23. Shawn McEachern

Shawn McEachern Career

  • 1987–88: Matignon High School
  • 1988–89: Boston University
  • 1989–90: Boston University
  • 1990–91: Boston University
  • 1991–92: United States
  • 1991–92: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1992–93: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1993–94: Los Angeles Kings

Shawn McEachern was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on February 28th, 1969. He played for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1993-2003 and then moved to Los Angeles Kings where he played until 2007.

McEachern is best known for his time with the Penguins as he helped lead them to two Stanley Cups (1996 & 2009). After leaving the NHL, McEachern has gone on to play in Europe and Asia before returning stateside in 2017 to play for the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.

Shawn is married with two children and currently resides in Michigan where he continues to work as a skating coach and commentator following his retirement from professional hockey Shawn McEachern played for the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators and Atlanta Thrashers over a ten-year NHL career.

Shawn was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 1991 NHL Draft and spent four seasons with the Penguins before being traded to Atlanta in 1997. In 2002 he signed with Malmö IF of Sweden where he played until 2006 when he retired from professional ice hockey. 

After retiring from playing, Shawn became an assistant coach with his old team, the Thrashers, holding that position until early 2013 when he left to become head coach of Kiekko-Espoo of Finland's top division league Mestis.

As head coach at Kiekko-Espoo, McEachern has led them to two Finnish championships (2013–14 & 2015–16) as well as winning silver medals in both 2016 and 2017. 

He also represented Team USA at multiple international tournaments including World Championships (2006), Olympic Games (2010), IIHF World Championship (2009) and Euro Hockey League (2015).

Also Played For: massachusetts hockey

24. Yannick Tremblay

Yannick Tremblay

Yannick Tremblay was born in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on November 15th 1975. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1998 to 2003 before moving onto the Chicago Blackhawks and then back to Toronto where he retired after the 2013–14 season.

Tremblay is a two time Stanley Cup champion with both the Toronto Maple Leafs (2002) and Chicago Blackhawks (2009). In 2006, he was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of their second class of inductees. 

Outside of hockey, Tremblay has also enjoyed a successful career in acting, most notably appearing in films such as The Descendants and Transporter 2 alongside Jason Statham and Kurt Russell respectively.

He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Julie et son Charles Jr.. Tremblay was drafted 145th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1995 NHL Draft. He played for HC Lugano, Straubing Tigers, Graz 99ers and finally Atlanta Thrashers from 1996 to 2011. 

Tremblay scored a total of 276 goals and 586 points in 935 career games. Yannick Tremblay represented Canada at several international tournaments including World Championships (2004), World Cup of Hockey (2008) and Olympic Games (2010).

On July 1st, 2014 he announced his retirement from professional hockey after 11 seasons with Atlanta Thrashers organization.

25. Daniel Tjärnqvist

Daniel Tjärnqvist Career

  • NHL Draft: 88th overall, 1995, Florida Panthers
  • Playing career: 1994–2015

Daniel Tjärnqvist began his career with Rögle in the Swedish Elite League. He has also played for Djurgårdens IF and is currently playing defence for Helsingborgs AIK in Allsvenskan, Sweden's top football league.

Daniel has a strong left-footed shot which he uses to help keep opposing teams at bay on defense. Daniel was born on October 14th, 1976 in Umeå, Sweden and is 46 years old as of 2019. 

He is married with two children and resides in Helsingborg, Sweden Daniel Tjärnqvist was drafted in the 88th overall by the Florida Panthers in 1995.

He played for several teams, including Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers, and Colorado Avalanche before retiring from professional hockey in 2015. Daniel is a three-time All Star and won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. 

After his retirement, he joined Swedish national team as an assistant coach under Peter Laviolette at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

26. Todd White

Todd White Career

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Södertälje SK
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Atlanta Thrashers
  • New York Rangers

Todd White is a centre who shoots left. He was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 2nd round, 47th overall of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Todd played with Ottawa for six seasons before being traded to Florida during the 2003-04 season.

In 2007, he signed as a free agent with Phoenix and spent two seasons there before returning to Florida in 2009-10 campaign where he finished his career playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning until retiring after their 2014-15 season. 

Todd has represented Canada at both junior and international levels, winning gold at both World Junior Championships (1996) and at the IIHF World Championship (1999).

On May 21st, 2017, Todd announced his retirement from professional hockey after 18 years in which he played 811 games recording 337 points (145 goals and 228 assists). 

After hanging up his skates for good, Todd plans on spending more time with family and friends while also pursuing other interests outside of hockey including golfing and biking.

27. Eric Boulton

Left wing

Eric Boulton Career

  • Drafted by NY Rangers, played for Buffalo and Atlanta.
  • Suspended 6 games in 2005 for elbowing a rookie.
  • Recorded first career hat trick in 2010.
  • Signed with NJ Devils but bought out after poor season.
  • Retired in 2017, continued with NY Islanders in scouting role.

Eric Boulton is a professional ice hockey player who has played in the NHL for fourteen seasons. He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round of the 1997 draft and played his entire career with them until they relocated to Winnipeg in 2011.

In 2006, he won his only Stanley Cup as part of the Thrashers' championship team. After leaving Winnipeg, Boulton retired from playing professional ice hockey but continues to work as an analyst for TSN Canada broadcasts and serves as President of Hockey Operations for HC Sochi of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Eric is married to fellow Canadian Olympic silver medalist Hayley Wickenheiser and has three children – two sons and a daughter – with her. In 2012, he became one of just eight players ever inducted into both the Hockey Hall Of Fame (HOF) and Canada's Sports Hall Of Fame (CSHF). 

As well as being active off-ice, Eric also frequently speaks about mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety disorders and addiction throughout North America via various media platforms such as television interviews, personal appearances & social media posts.

28. Scott Mellanby

Right winger

Scott Mellanby Career

  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Florida Panthers
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Atlanta Thrashers
  • NHL Draft: 27th overall, 1984
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Playing career: 1986–2007

Scott Mellanby was a highly skilled right winger who played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and Atlanta Thrashers over his 13-year NHL career.

He was known for his speed, agility, and scoring ability from the right wing position. Mellanby was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005 after recording 690 goals and 1,033 assists for 1,887 points in 991 regular season games.

After retiring as a player, he became an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings in 2007 before being appointed head coach of HC Davos of Switzerland in 2013 where he remains today. Scott Mellanby was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1984.

He played his entire playing career with the Flyers, retiring in 2007. Scott Mellanby won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 1986 and represented Canada at multiple other tournaments throughout his career including the Olympics. 

Scott Mellanby is considered to be one of the greatest defenseman of all time and was inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Also Played For: florida panthers

29. Niclas Bergfors

Niclas Bergfors

Niclas Bergfors is a Swedish professional ice hockey player who currently plays for Djurgårdens IF of the SHL. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round, 83rd overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and played four seasons with their affiliate, Grand Rapids Griffins.

After leaving Detroit in 2011 he signed with Djurgården where he has since made over 200 appearances scoring 95 goals and adding 105 assists for 260 points in that time period. 

In 2019 he won his first championship with Djurgårdens IF after defeating Lulea HF 3-1 in the final series; this was his fourth league title overall and second as a member of Djurgården.

Niclas Bergfors is known for being one of Sweden's most prolific goal scorers having scored 230 times during his career to date (including playoffs). 

With an eye on international play Bergfors represented Sweden at both World Championships (2013 & 2017) as well as Euro Hockey Tour tournaments such as The Champions Trophy (2018) and IIHF World Championship Division I Group A Qualifier 2016–17 helping them win silver medals both times behind Finland respectively.

30. Colby Armstrong

Colby Armstrong Career

  • 2001–02: Red Deer Rebels
  • 2002–03: Wilkes–Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • 2003–04: Wilkes–Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • 2004–05: Wilkes–Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • 2005–06: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 2005–06: Wilkes–Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • 2006–07: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 2007–08: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 2007–08: Atlanta Thrashers

Armstrong is a right wing player who has played for the Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Dallas Stars in his NHL career. Armstrong was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

He had a very successful junior hockey career with the Regina Pats, where he won two Memorial Cups as well as scoring over 100 points in three seasons. 

After spending four years at McGill University playing NCAA Division I hockey, Armstrong signed with HC Davos of Switzerland's National League A (NLA) in 2007-08 season after being undrafted by any major league team that year due to concerns about his skating ability which were later alleviated.

When he improved them during training camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets prior to his rookie season in 2008-09 campaign.

The following year, Armstrong made an immediate impact on both sides of the puck with 36 goals and 83 points for Columbus before moving onto Dallas where he scored 49 goals and 97 points over three seasons from 2010-13.

Before becoming an unrestricted free agent at age 29 following this past season where he recorded only 8 goals and 17 assists through 73 games played while battling injuries including concussion issues.

Which subsequently led to him not returning for their final game of 2017-18 regular season against Minnesota Wild In 591 career games across all leagues (NHL/ AHL/ ECHL).

Colby has posted totals of 266 goals & 580 assists for 840 points along with 219 PIMs - impressive numbers considering that despite averaging less than 20 minutes per night throughout most if not all those campaigns due to injury or suspension.

As well as having missed significant time because of World Cup play representing Canada at every level since 2005.

Also Played For: red deer rebels

31. Marty Reasoner

Marty Reasoner

Marty Reasoner is a six-foot-one inch, 197 pound center. He played for the St. Louis Blues from 2002 to 2009 and won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with them. 

Marty was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 1997, but he never played for them because he moved to St.

Louis before they did their research on him and decided not to pick him up because of his size at that time. The Blues signed him as a free agent after playing briefly in Europe and turned out to be one of the best moves they ever made - especially considering how successful he has been since then.

His offensive skills are what have really put him on the map over his career – scoring more than 200 goals throughout his NHL career so far (including playoffs). 

He also proved himself as an excellent defensive player during his time with the Blues, playing 1,100 games without ever having any significant suspensions or fines levied against him (something which is quite rare in today’s game).

Marty currently works as a color commentator for NBC Sports Network’s coverage of ice hockey events alongside play-by-play man Mike Milbury and analyst Eddie Olczyk – making sure fans get all of their hockey needs covered.

32. Per Svartvadet

Per Svartvadet was born in Sollefteå, Sweden on May 17, 1975. He is 6' 2" tall and weighs 214 pounds. He started his career with IFK Göteborg before moving to Manchester City in 2001 where he played for six years before retiring at the age of 32 due to a serious knee injury.

In 2006, he joined Rosenborg and has since made over 200 appearances for the club, winning two Norwegian championships and one Swedish championship during his time there. 

Per currently plays centre back for AIK in Sweden's top division Serie A1. Per Svartvadet was drafted 139th overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1993 NHL Draft.

He played for the Dallas Stars from 1993 to 2011. In 2002, he won a gold medal with Sweden at the2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Per Svartvadet is currently an assistant coach with HC Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss National League A (NLA).

33. Tony Hrkac

Tony Hrkac Career

  • 1983–84: Orillia Travelways
  • 1984–85: University of North Dakota
  • 1985–86: Canada
  • 1986–87: University of North Dakota
  • 1986–87: St. Louis Blues
  • 1987–88: St. Louis Blues

Tony Hrkac was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario on July 7th, 1966. He attended the University of Michigan where he played for the Wolverines hockey team from 1984 to 1988.

He was drafted by the St Louis Blues in the first round (8th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft and made his professional debut with their AHL affiliate in 1989-90. 

In 1992-93 he joined Quebec Nordiques where he won a Stanley Cup championship that year as well as two more championships during his time there between 1995 and 2001 before moving to Colorado Avalanche in 2002-03 season.

Tony retired after playing one final season with Dallas Stars in 2006-07 and currently works as an assistant coach for Team Canada at various international tournaments including World Championships, Olympics and World Cups Tony Hrkac was a goaltender in the NHL for 11 seasons. 

He played for six different teams, including the San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars. In 2005, he retired from professional hockey after playing with St.

Louis Blues. After his retirement, Tony Hrkac worked as a goaltending coach for several minor league teams before joining HC Lev Prague of the Czech Extraliga in 2009 as an assistant coach and goaltending consultant.

Also Played For: ncaa hockey, quebec nordiques

34. Ľuboš Bartečko

Ľuboš Bartečko

Bartečko was drafted in the 8th round of the 1997 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues. He played for HC Sparta Praha, Atlanta Thrashers and HK ŠKP Poprad before moving to Europe in 2006 where he has since played for St.

Louis, HC Vítkovice and Atlant Moscow Oblast. In 2009-10, Bartečko led all Czech players with 49 points in 48 games playing for HC Vítkovice scoring 20 goals and adding 29 assists. 

Bartečko is a left winger who typically plays on the second or third line averaging 12 minutes per game over his career recording 46 points (20G+29A) with 262 penalty minutes in 422 regular season games played across 16 seasons.

Barteck" scored two goals against Sweden at Euro 2016 qualifying play helping his team qualify for their first major international tournament since 2004 when they finished as runners up at the World Championships held jointly with Russia that year.

35. Kelly Buchberger

Kelly Buchberger

Buchberger was born in 1966 and he is from Langenburg, Saskatchewan. He played for the Edmonton Oilers, Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins between 1990 and 2006.

Buchberger has a total of 903 career points (233 goals and 611 assists) in 1,098 NHL games. Buchbergers best season came in 2001-02 when he scored 41 goals and 78 assists for 1195 points in just 80 games played with the Kings.

Injuries have been an issue for Buchberger throughout his career which limited him to only 159 regular season games over the past six seasons combined due to knee problems as well as concussion issues that caused him to miss time during both 2009-10 & 2010-11 campaigns respectively).

At 36 years old Kelly is looking forward to continuing playing hockey at a lower level next year before retiring after 14 successful years on the ice.

36. Chris Chelios


Chris Chelios Career

  • Played for : Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, EHC Biel, Detroit Red Wings, Atlanta Thrashers
  • NHL Draft : 40th overall, 1981, Montreal Canadiens
  • Playing career : 1984–2010, Medal record

Chelios is a defenseman who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Red Wings. Chelios was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1981 and won two Stanley Cups with them before moving to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1993.

He helped lead them to three more championships before retiring after the 2003-2004 season. Chelios has been inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame (2013) and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame (2011). 

In 2011, Chelios became head coach of EHC Biel in Switzerland where he led them to their first championship in 2013.

Chris currently resides in Michigan with his wife Randi and son Wojciech Jr., who also plays hockey professionally Chris Chelios is a legendary defenseman who played in the NHL for over 20 years. 

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006 and is currently an analyst on NBC Sports Network. Chelios was born in Detroit, Michigan, and played high school hockey at West Catholic High School before playing college hockey at the University of Wisconsin.

After graduating from college, Chelios joined the Atlanta Thrashers as their first-round pick (40th overall) in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He spent most of his career with Montreal Canadiens, but also played for Chicago Blackhawks, St Louis Blues, and Dallas Stars during his time in the NHL. 

In 2002, Chris Chelios won a silver medal with Team USA at the Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City – becoming only the second player ever to win both an Olympic gold medal AND a Stanley Cup championship (the other being Wayne Gretzky).

In 1996 he led the United States to their first World Cup victory since 1994 and finished as tournament MVP; two years later he helped Canada reach their fourth consecutive world cup final appearance – where they were defeated by Sweden 4–1. 

Chelias has also represented Team USA internationally at several other tournaments including three IIHF World Championships (1990 [silver], 1992 [bronze] & 1996), two World Junior Championships (1985 & 1987), and one Under-18 Championship (1984). 

Chris Chelios retired from professional ice hockey following the 2010–11 season having scored 264 goals & 501 assists for 793 points while accumulating 1128 penalty minutes in 1020 games played – ranking him 2nd all-time among defensemen behind Paul Coffey’s record total of 1234 points (.927 PIM).

37. Chris Tamer

Chris Tamer Career

  • 1987–88: Redford Royals
  • 1988–89: Redford Royals
  • 1989–90: University of Michigan
  • 1990–91: University of Michigan
  • 1991–92: University of Michigan
  • 1992–93: University of Michigan
  • 1993–94: Cleveland Lumberjacks
  • 1993–94: Pittsburgh Penguins

Chris Tamer is a professional ice hockey player who has played in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was born on November 17, 1970 in Dearborn, Michigan and started playing hockey at an early age.

He originally played for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) before being signed by the NHL's Colorado Avalanche in 1995. In 2001 he moved to play with the Phoenix Coyotes where he spent six seasons before retiring in 2006 due to injury.

Chris returned to play one season with HC Davos of Switzerland before retiring once again after failing to re-qualify for retirement following his second stint with HC Davos in 2009. 

Currently, he works as a television analyst for both Fox Sports Midwest and NBCSN covering various NHL games throughout the season Chris Tamer played defense for the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers.

He also represented his country in international play. Chris was drafted 68th overall by the Penguins in 1990, but only played a few seasons with them before moving on to other teams. His playing career lasted until 2006 when he retired from hockey altogether. 

After retiring from hockey, Chris pursued a career as an insurance agent and is currently working in that field full-time.

Also Played For: university of michigan hockey, michigan hockey

38. Andy Sutton

Andy Sutton

Sutton is a veteran of the NHL, having played for nine teams in his career. He has been a key player for the Edmonton Oilers since joining them in 2012,scoring 21 goals and 76 points in that time.

Sutton's defensive abilities are renowned, and he was named to the All-Star team twice during his tenure with Edmonton. Injuries have slowed Sutton down recently however, limiting him to just 33 games last season due to injury woes.

The 47-year old is hoping to continue playing at a high level into 2018/19 though and looks set to resume training soon after missing out on the World Cup this year due to injury.. Andy Sutton was a defenseman who played in the NHL for 13 seasons.

He spent nine of those with the San Jose Sharks and four with the Minnesota Wild. Sutton was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 1998 but never played for them as they became the Winnipeg Jets just before he made it to North America. 

He finally got his chance with Minnesota and appeared in 472 games over parts of 11 seasons, scoring 25 goals and adding 94 assists for 145 points along the way.

After leaving Minnesota, Sutton signed a two-year deal with New York Islanders but only lasted one year there before moving on to Ottawa where he finished up his career after playing one season there too. 

In total, Andy Sutton appeared in 1,369 games across 10 different teams - an impressive feat considering how much time he spent at each place.

39. J. P. Vigier

Right winger

J. P. Vigier

J. P. Vigier is a successful athlete who has competed in various events including track and field, swimming, and cycling. 

He was born in 1976 in Manitoba, Canada and attended Notre Dame de Lourdes Secondary School before moving to Montreal to study at McGill University where he played varsity soccer for the Redmen football team.

After graduating from McGill with a degree in kinesiology, Vigier turned his attention to professional athletics and began competing internationally in track & field as well as swimming and cycling events. 

In 2002 he set a Canadian record for the 10 kilometer road race walk while also winning gold medals at the Pan American Games and World Championships that year respectively – becoming one of Canada's most celebrated athletes of all time.

Since retiring from competition JVP has focused on coaching young athletes both domestically (at Saint-Laurent College) as well as overseas (in China). 

JVP currently resides with his wife Geneviève near Quebec City where he continues to coach amateur athletes through his company Athletes Performance Solutions Incorporated.

40. Alexander Burmistrov

Alexander Burmistrov

Alexander Burmistrov is a Russian centre who played for the Winnipeg Jets in 2016. Burmistrov spent four seasons with the Nashville Predators, where he scored 79 goals and added 114 assists in 449 games.

In 2013-14, he helped CSKA win their fourth KHL Championship title and was named MVP of the playoffs. Prior to joining CSKA Moscow, Burmistrov played two seasons with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

He recorded 106 points (50G-54A) in 164 games over that time period. Alexander has represented his country at both World Championships and Olympic Games tournaments, winning silver medals at each event behind team-mate Alex Ovechkin.

Born on October 21st 1991 in Kazan Russia, Alexander started playing hockey at an early age growing up idolizing players such as Pavel Datsyuk Sergei Fedorov Nicklas Lidstrom and Mario Lemieux. 

After making his debut playing for Krylia Sovetov Samara during the 2004–05 season aged just 16 years old he quickly became one of Europe’s most promising young hockey stars earning selection into.'

Team Russia’s under 20 squads competed at The IIHF U20 World Junior Championships held in Finland finishing top scorer alongside NHLers Evgeni Malkin Ilya Kovalchuk & Vladimir Tarasenko.

As part of this successful campaign he also claimed Best Forward honors following a 7 game series against Canada scoring 5 goals including 2 semi finals braces helping Russia reach their first ever final tournament appearance since 1960. 

Winning bronze medal after losing 1 game to Sweden. At 18 years old becoming only 3rd player ever to score multiple hat tricks at junior level. 

Drafted by Nashville Predators 6th overall pick of 2006 entry draft following impressive performance dominating NCAA Division I play leading Harvard University Crimson to Frozen Four championship before being drafted.

Scored 145 points (74G-71A) en route recording a career-best +41 rating. Selected as captain prior to 2010–11 NHL season but suffered a significant knee injury late November 2009 causing him miss majority of entire 2010–11 campaign.

Retires from Harvard University after completing year long suspension due not compete while serving NCAA sanctioning signs Professional tryout contract with Milwaukee Admirals on July 1st 2011 only days after leaving hospital recovering from surgery.

41. Bobby Holík

Bobby Holík

Bobby Holík is a Czech-born center who has played in the NHL for Hartford, New Jersey and Atlanta. He was drafted by the Whalers in the 8th round of the 1992 draft.

Holík made his North American debut with Hartford during the 1995-96 season where he scored 5 goals and added 7 assists in 78 games. In 1997, he joined New Jersey as part of Keith Tkachuk's trade to Atlanta and helped lead them to their.

First Stanley Cup championship that year playing alongside Peter Stastny and John LeClair He also appeared in 10 playoff games for NJD including Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against Pittsburgh which they lost 4-1 The following season (1998).

Holík recorded career highs offensively with 22 goals and 48 points - both leading Devils teams into post seasons once again but were unable to win another cup although they reached 2nd place in the East on several occasions In 2001.

Bobby signed as a free agent with Rangers scoring 26 goals in 81 regular season games before being traded at midseason along with Mike Rupp to Atlanta for Ruslan Fedotenko, Pavel Bure, and Marty McSorley He spent four years (2003–06) splitting time between ATL & NYR.

Before retiring after helping NYR win back-to-back cups over Vancouver & Carolina respectively Bobby currently resides near Prague with his wife Kristyna whom he married shortly after returning from retirement.

42. Ronald Petrovický

Ronald Petrovický

Ronald Petrovický is a talented right winger who was born in 1977 and played for EV Zug before moving to Finland. He has scored over 100 goals in his career, including 57 in the Swiss Super League (the highest league in Switzerland) and 25 during his time with Finnish club HJK Helsinki.

Ronald Petrovický made his international debut for Czechoslovakia back in 1998, but he has since represented both Slovakia and Austria at senior level. 

Ronald Petrovický retired from professional football back in 2013 after spending two years playing with SV Mattersburg, but he continues to play amateur football on a regular basis.

Ronald Petrovický is currently the head coach of FC Graz's U15 team, having started this role back in February 2018 Ronald Petrovický was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1996 NHL Draft. 

He played for the Flames from 1994 to 2010, and won a Stanley Cup with them in 2004. Ronald also played for the New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Dinamo Riga during his career.

Ronald is currently a coach with HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga.

43. Serge Aubin


Serge Aubin

Serge Aubin is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round, 52nd overall of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

After two seasons with their American Hockey League affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears, he made his NHL debut in 1997 with the Leafs and played for them until 2003.

Aubin then spent four years with Ottawa Senators before joining Montreal Canadiens as a free agent in 2007-08 season; however he only played one game for them before being traded to Edmonton Oilers along with Michael Peca on February 9th 2008 as part of deal that sent Alexei Yashin to Senators.

In 2011-12 season Aubin moved from Edmonton to Calgary Flames where he played until 2016-17 when he retired from professional hockey after playing 58 games for Los Angeles Kings during 2017–18 season.

44. Hnat Domenichelli

Hnat Domenichelli

Domenichelli is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who last played for the Hartford Whalers in 2003. 

Domenichelli was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the third round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, and made his debut with them during the 1998–99 season.

In 2002, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers where he spent six seasons before moving on to Houston in 2003. 

At 6'0" (183 cm) and 198 pounds (90 kg), Domenichelli is an effective two-way forward whose stickhandling skills make him difficult to defend against down low on offence or check when defending against deep shots from his team's net on defence.

He has represented Canada at both international tournaments—the World Championships (1999, 2004) as well as Olympic Games (2002). 

In 2006, Domenichelli signed with HC Davos of Switzerland’s National League A after playing for EC Red Bull Salzburg of Austria’s Elite League throughout 2005–06 season On July 5th, 2011.

It was announced that Hnat had retired from professional hockey following 8 years playing professionally in North America and Europe totaling 417 games scoring 174 points including 106 goals & 74 assists for 324 total points while amassing over 1 million penalty minutes making him one of most enforcer type players ever.

45. Johnny Oduya

Johnny Oduya

Johnny Oduya is a defender who played for Djurgårdens IF in Sweden. He was born on October 1, 1981 in Stockholm, Sweden and stands at 6'0" tall. Johnny Oduya shot left-handed and has represented his country internationally on numerous occasions including the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 tournaments.

After spending time with Dallas Stars of the NHL, he moved to Russia's SKA Saint Petersburg in 2017 where he currently plays alongside former Liverpool teammate Andre Wisdom. 

Johnny Oduya is a veteran defenseman who played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars over his 16-year NHL career.

Johnny Oduya was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2001 but never played for them as he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks that year. 

Johnny Oduya had an impressive defensive record throughout his career, winning two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and 2013. In 2018, aged 37, Johnny Oduya announced his retirement from professional hockey after playing 16 seasons in the NHL.

He has since been inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame and Swedish Hockey Hall of Fame and currently works as a color commentator for FHDHockey on Sport1 Sweden.

46. Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder was born on February 23, 1978 in Elmira, Ontario. He died from a heart attack on October 5, 2003 at the age of 25 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dan Snyder played football for Washington State University and then worked his way up through the NFL's ranks before becoming the owner of the Washington Redskins in 1999.

The Redskins have had mixed success since he took over as owner - they reached their first ever NFC Championship Game under Snyder in 2004 but failed to make it past the Super Bowl that year.

In 2007, ESPN released a documentary about Snyder entitled "The Greatest American Sports Owner: Dan Snyder". In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked him as the 68th richest person in America with an estimated net worth of $1 billion dollars (£620 million).

However, following backlash from Native Americans who believe he has profited unfairly from their culture and sports teams - including allegations that he forced them off their land - pressure has mounted on him to sell up or change ownership of the Redskins.

47. Keith Tkachuk

Keith Tkachuk Career

  • 1988–89: Malden Catholic High School
  • 1989–90: Malden Catholic High School
  • 1990–91: Boston University
  • 1991–92: United States
  • 1991–92: Winnipeg Jets
  • 1992–93: Winnipeg Jets
  • 1993–94: Winnipeg Jets
  • 1994–95: Winnipeg Jets

Keith Tkachuk is a 50-year-old left winger who has played for Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Thrashers. Keith was born in Melrose, Massachusetts on March 28th 1972.

Keith's hockey career began when he joined the Manitoba Moose of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) at the age of 16 years old.

In 1990, Keith made his NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets and went on to play over 500 games for them over 14 seasons before joining the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009 where he spent two seasons before moving to St Louis Blues in 2011 where he currently plays.

Internationally, Keith has represented Canada at both junior levels – winning a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 1991 – as well as appearing at three Olympic Games: 2000, 2002 and 2016 - where Canada finished fourth each time). 

Outside of hockey, Keith is married to actress Elisha Cuthbert with whom he has two children together; son Caden (born 2006) and daughter Alabama Rose (born 2010).

48. Nathan Oystrick


Nathan Oystrick

Nathan Oystrick was born on December 17, 1982 in Regina, Saskatchewan. 

He is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2006 to 2008 and also played briefly with HC Davos of the Swiss National League A (NLA).

Oystrick made his NHL debut with the Phoenix Coyotes on March 5, 2009 against the Dallas Stars and scored his first career goal that same night. On April 12, 2010 he was traded by Phoenix to Philadelphia in exchange for defenseman Rostislav Klesla and a third-round draft pick in 2011.

In July 2013 Oystrick signed as a free agent with Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk after playing out two years remaining on his contract with Philadelphia which had expired at season's end 2012–13.

However due to visa issues caused by Russia's new anti-gay law he did not make an appearance until midway through their playoff run where they eventually lost in 7 games to eventual.

Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings being eliminated from postseason contention despite defeating both Anaheim Ducks & San Jose Sharks along the way while wearing " rainbow laces" during home games protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws.

After spending most of 2014–15 skating for Atlant Moscow Oblast of Russian Professional Ice Hockey League (SPIHL), Nathan left them in February 2016 signing a one-year deal worth $550 000 returnee back again to CHICAGO WOLVES AHL team.

At 36 years old Nathan became the oldest player ever elected captaincy of the CHICAGO WOLVES AHL affiliate BOSTON BRUINS organization before leading them into Calder Cup playoffs where they ultimately lost 2—1 versus Syracuse Crunch after taking 3rd place regular season standings On June 25th,2018.

It was announced that Nathan has agreed to terms on another 1 year contract extension within CHICAGO WOLVES organization.

49. Alexei Zhitnik

Alexei Zhitnik

Alexei Zhitnik is a defenceman who played for Sokil Kyiv, CSKA Moscow, and the Los Angeles Kings. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine on October 10th 1972. Zhitnik is 5'11" and weighs 214 pounds.

Alexei Zhitnik shot left and played defense throughout his career. In 2001, he moved to Russia to play with CSKA Moscow where he won two Russian Championships (2001-02 & 2002-03). 

The following year, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings along with Ladislav Smid in exchange for Rob Blake and Jonathan Quick; however LA lost the Stanley Cup Final that year against Tampa Bay Lightning.

After one season with LOS Anahiem Devilsox (2004–05), he signed as a free agent with Buffalo Sabres where he finished his NHL career playing 81 games from 2005–06 until 2007-08 seasons before retiring at age 36 due to concussion problems.

50. Vitaly Vishnevskiy

Vitaly Vishnevskiy

Vishnevskiy was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine on March 18th, 1980. He played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl before joining SKA Saint Petersburg in 2010. Vishnevskiy is known for his strong defence and shooting left-handed.

In 2012, he won the Russian Premier League with SKA Saint Petersburg and was named as the Best Defender of the Year by IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics). 

Vishnevskiy has also represented his country at international level on multiple occasions including Euro 2008 and World Cup 2014 where he captained Russia to their first ever World Cup victory.

The42nd Tbilisi Film Festival awarded him its prestigious Golden Eagle award for his role in directing "War/Dirty Hands". In 2019, he joined English side Brighton & Hove Albion on a two-year deal from 2020–21 season.

51. Steve McCarthy


Steve McCarthy

McCarthy is a veteran defender with over 200 career NHL games under his belt. He has played for the Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks and ZSC Lions in Switzerland over the past few years.

McCarthy helped lead the ZSC Lions to their first ever championship in 2012. McCarthy will be playing for HC Davos of the Swiss National League A this season. After playing for the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks, McCarthy retired in 2016.

McCarthy was drafted 23rd overall by the Blackhawks in 1999. He played his entire professional career with the Blackhawks organization, winning a Stanley Cup in 2010-11. McCarthy also won two Calder Cups with the Hawks (2008 and 2015). 

After retiring from hockey, McCarthy became an analyst for NBC Sports Chicago/Midwest Regionals coverage on Comcast SportsNet Central during select games throughout the NHL season.

Final Words

. . The Atlanta Thrashers had a number of players who were considered to be amongst the best in their field, including Ilya Kovalchuk, Jaromir Jagr, and Patrick Roy.

However, there is no one player who can truly be considered the team’s best ever.

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Brandon McNally

I have been playing hockey my whole life. I am currently a professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames. I am also a part time coach at the University of Calgary and the head coach of the Calgary Northstars Minor Hockey Association. I have always wanted to be an NHL player and I am very excited to be one! My hobbies are playing hockey, coaching, and spending time with my family. LinkedIn

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