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Who Wore it Best

'NHL's Who Wore It Best?': Nos. 99-81

McDavid, Kane, Hossa among top vote-getters for his uniform number by writers

by Dan Rosen, Tom Gulitti / Staff Writers

Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 is retired throughout the NHL not only because he is considered the greatest player in League history, but because the number and his name are synonymous.

Though there is no debate over who the best player to wear that number is, there are 98 other numbers with more than one worthy candidate. That is where the "NHL's Who Wore It Best?" comes in. writers and editors have cast their votes, each selecting his or her top three for each number, with the top vote-getter receiving three points, second place receiving two points and third place receiving one point.


[RELATED: Who wore it best? Hockey writers, broadcasters & insiders vote for top players to wear uniform numbers 1-99]


Candidates will be debated, and the winners revealed, in a weekly, five-part series first airing on Sportsnet, and League platforms each Friday at 5 p.m. ET, and re-airing each Tuesday on NBCSN (5 p.m. ET) and NHL Network (6:30 p.m. ET). will provide the list of winners each Friday at 5:30 p.m ET following the premiere of each episode, beginning this week. 

Today, we look at Nos. 99-81:


No. 99 -- Wayne Gretzky

Seasons worn: Edmonton Oilers 1979-88; Los Angeles Kings 1988-96, St. Louis Blues 1996, New York Rangers 1996-99

Career stats: 2,857 points (894 goals, 1,963 assists) in 1,487 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes) 

The skinny: Gretzky is synonymous with No. 99 -- with the jersey tucked in at the right hip, of course. The Hockey Hall of Fame center held or shared 61 NHL records when he retired in 1999, and he remains the League leader in regular-season goals, assists and points, and Stanley Cup Playoff goals (122), assists (260) and points (382). Gretzky won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player a record nine times, and the Art Ross Trophy as the League leader in regular-season points a record 10 times.

Fun fact: Gretzky idolized Gordie Howe, who wore No. 9, but when he arrived to play with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League in 1977, that number was already taken by center Brian Gualazzi. Not long after, his coach suggested wearing No. 99. The Oilers retired his No. 99 on Oct. 1, 1999, and the Kings followed suit on Oct. 9, 2002, although it had already been retired League-wide on Feb. 7, 2000.

Others receiving votes: Wilf Paiement, 29 (0-13-3); Rick Dudley, 18 (0-3-12)

Analysis: "That his No. 99 was forever retired by the NHL 20 years ago speaks to both his massive talent and his monumental influence on the game." -- Dave Stubbs, columnist

Video: Wayne Gretzky all-time leader in goals, points


No. 98 -- Mikhail Sergachev

Seasons worn: Tampa Bay Lightning 2017-present

Career stats: 106 points (25 goals, 81 assists) in 228 games

Voting points: 49 (11-8-0) 

The skinny: Sergachev has grown into a more complete defenseman during his three seasons with Tampa Bay after being acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens for Jonathan Drouin on June 15, 2017. Sergachev has an NHL career-high 10 goals this season, including five on the power play and one shorthanded.

Fun fact: Sergachev, who was born on June 25, 1998, is the third modern-era player to wear No. 98, joining Brian Lawton and Jesse Puljujarvi.

Others receiving votes: Brian Lawton, 44 (8-9-2); Jesse Puljujarvi, 16 (0-1-14)

Analysis: "Mikhail Sergachev is just scratching the surface on his NHL potential. As he continues to develop, he has a chance to join Victor Hedman to give the Lightning two franchise defensemen to build around." -- Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor


No. 97 -- Connor McDavid

Seasons worn: Edmonton Oilers 2015-present

Career stats: 469 points (162 goals, 307 assists) in 351 games

Voting points: 56 (18-1-0) 

The skinny: Appropriately, McDavid has 97 points (34 goals, 63 assists) in 64 games this season, second in the NHL behind teammate Leon Draisaitl's 110. He also has the most points since entering the League in 2015-16 (Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is second with 465 points). The center has won the Art Ross Trophy as the League leader in regular-season points twice (2016-17, 2017-18), the Ted Lindsay Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by members of the NHL Players' Association, twice (2016-17, 2017-18), and the Hart Trophy the NHL's most valuable player once (2016-17).

Fun fact: McDavid, who was born on Jan. 13, 1997, is the only player in Oilers history to wear No. 97. 

Others receiving votes: Jeremy Roenick, 37 (1-17-0); Rostislav Klesla, 13 (0-0-13); Nikita Gusev, 2 (0-0-2); Esa Tikkanen, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "This was one of the easier choices of a difficult exercise because Connor McDavid is the fastest elite player ever to play the game. Yes, ever. I'd say he wears that well." -- Tim Campbell, staff writer

Video: WPG@EDM: McDavid beats a sprawling Hellebuyck


No. 96 -- Tomas Holmstrom

Seasons worn: Detroit Red Wings 1998-2012

Career stats: 530 points (243 goals, 287 assists) in 1,026 games

Voting points: 49 (12-6-1) 

The skinny: Opponents often tried in vain to move Holmstrom from the front of the net, where the 6-foot, 200-pound left wing made a living providing screens and deflections. A native of Pitea, Sweden, Holmstrom was a force on the power play, scoring 122 goals on the man-advantage in his NHL career compared to 121 at even strength. 

Fun fact: Holmstrom wore No. 15 as a rookie in 1996-97 before switching for the rest of his career to No. 96, the highest ever worn by a Detroit player.

Others receiving votes: Mikko Rantanen, 35 (5-9-2); Pierre-Marc Bouchard, 13 (0-1-11); Pavel Bure, 11 (2-1-3); Phil Housley, 2 (0-1-0)

Analysis: "In 1998, when Holmstrom switched to No. 96 to honor the year he arrived in the NHL, coach Scotty Bowman suggested No. 98 to honor the year he'd be going home. Holmstrom had the last laugh, playing until 2012 and winning the Stanley Cup four times." -- Nick Cotsonika, columnist


No. 95 -- Matt Duchene

Seasons worn: Ottawa Senators 2017-19; Columbus Blue Jackets 2019; Nashville Predators 2019-present

Career stats: 589 points (245 goals, 344 assists) in 793 games

Voting points: 55 (17-2-0) 

The skinny: No. 95 is likely to become a popular number in Nashville after Duchene signed a seven-year contract with the Predators as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019. The center has scored at least 20 goals seven times in his 11 NHL seasons, including a career-high 31 in 2018-19. 

Fun fact: Duchene wore No. 9 with the Avalanche, who selected him with the No. 3 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, until he was traded to the Senators on Nov. 5, 2017. He then opted to wear No. 95 because Bobby Ryan was already wearing No. 9, and he has kept it during his time with Columbus and Nashville.

Others receiving votes: Aleksey Morozov, 35 (2-14-1); Andre Burakovsky, 14 (0-3-8); Henrik Borgstrom, 5 (0-0-5); Danny Markov, 2 (0-0-2)

Analysis: "There was consideration for Aleksey Morozov, who wore the number for 451 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. But Duchene's worn it since 2017 and still has some great years ahead of him, so he gets the nod." -- Tracey Myers, staff writer

Video: NSH@STL: Duchene scores short side on odd-man rush


No. 94 -- Ryan Smyth

Seasons worn: Edmonton Oilers 1995-2007, 2011-14; New York Islanders 2007; Colorado Avalanche 2007-09; Los Angeles Kings 2009-11 

Career stats: 842 points (386 goals, 456 assists) in 1,270 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes) 

The skinny: Smyth was a unanimous selection at No. 94 and joined Gretzky and McDavid as the third Oilers player among the 90s. Smyth had an NHL career-high 39 goals, including 20 on the power play, which tied Brendan Shanahan (who also received votes) for the NHL lead, in in 1996-97 when he was 21 years old. That was his first of four seasons with at least 30 goals in the League.

Fun fact: Smyth, who wore No. 10 during his three-game stint with the Oilers during the lockout-shortened season in 1994-95, is the only player in Edmonton history to wear No. 94.

Others receiving votes: Yanic Perreault, 31 (0-13-5); Sergei Berezin, 16 (0-3-10); Brendan Shanahan, 7 (0-3-1); Tyson Barrie, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "Smyth wore his heart on No. 94 better than anyone, and he was the backbone of the Edmonton Oilers' run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final as a No. 8 seed." -- Jon Lane, staff writer



No. 93 -- Doug Gilmour

Seasons worn: Toronto Maple Leafs 1992-97, 2003; New Jersey Devils 1997-98; Chicago Blackhawks 1998-2000; Buffalo Sabres 2000-01; Montreal Canadiens 2001-03

Career stats: 1,414 points (450 goals, 964 assists) in 1,474 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes) 

The skinny: Gilmour won the Stanley Cup with Calgary in 1989, but he wrote his legend wearing No. 93 in Toronto, where he had 452 points (131 goals, 321 assists) in 393 games. The Hockey Hall of Fame center holds the Maple Leafs playoff record for assists (60), points (77), and points per game (1.48), and he helped Toronto advance to the Campbell Conference Final in 1993, and the Western Conference Final in 1994. 

Fun fact: Gilmour wore No. 18 and No. 9 with the Blues, and No. 39 with the Flames (No. 9 was taken by Lanny McDonald), but he flipped the digits after arriving in Toronto and wore that number for the rest of his NHL career.

Others receiving votes: Petr Nedved, 23 (0-10-3); Jakub Voracek, 21 (0-7-7); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 5 (0-0-5); Johan Franzen, 4 (0-1-2); Mika Zibanejad, 3 (0-1-1); Doug Weight, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "Gilmour was only 5-foot-11, but the size of his heart can't be measured." -- Mike Zeisberger, staff writer


No. 92 -- Gabriel Landeskog

Seasons worn: Colorado Avalanche 2011-present

Career stats: 460 points (198 goals, 262 assists) in 633 games

Voting points: 35 (7-3-8) 

The skinny: Landeskog prevailed from a small but talented field at No. 92 (21 players have worn it). The winner of the Calder Trophy as the League's top rookie in 2011-12, Landeskog has scored at least 20 goals in seven of his nine NHL seasons, including a career-high 34 in 2018-19.

Fun fact: Landeskog, who was born on Nov. 23, 1992, is the only player in Avalanche history to wear No. 92.

Others receiving votes: Rick Tocchet, 27 (6-3-3); Evgeny Kuznetsov, 24 (2-8-2); Michael Nylander, 22 (4-3-4); Jeff O'Neill, 5 (0-2-1); Bernie Nicholls, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "Landeskog embodies the qualities of a true leader. His two-way play on the ice, combined with being the Avalanche captain, causes him stand out from the pack. His recent emergence into the "point-per-game" club after having 75 points (34 goals, 41 assists) in 73 games last season suggest the best is yet to come for Landeskog." -- Rob Reese, fantasy editor

Video: "Who Wore It Best?": Episode 1 - Rick Tocchet


No. 91 -- Sergei Fedorov

Seasons worn: Detroit Red Wings 1990-2003; Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2003-04, 2005; Columbus Blue Jackets 2005-08; Washington Capitals 2008-09 

Career stats: 1,179 points (483 goals, 696 assists) in 1,248 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes) 

The skinny: Fedorov helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 42 seasons in 1997, and again in 1998 and 2002. Although he played predominantly center, Fedorov was also occasionally used as a defenseman. In 1993-94, the Hockey Hall of Famer won the Hart Trophy as the NHL most valuable player, the Ted Lindsay Award (called the Lester B. Pearson Award at the time), given annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by members of the NHL Players' Association, and the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward. Fedorov, who won the Selke again in 1995-96, ranks second in points in NHL history among Russian-born players behind Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, who has 1,278.

Fun fact: Fedorov made his NHL debut in 1990-91 and wore No. 91 for his entire career.

Others receiving votes: Steven Stamkos, 30 (0-14-2); John Tavares, 16 (0-3-10); Butch Goring, 9, (0-2-5); Vladimir Tarasenko, 2 (0-0-2) 

Analysis: "The thing that stands out to me is how he really increased the pace of the National Hockey League. When you had the one-two punch down the middle with (Steve) Yzerman and Fedorov, being an assistant or head coach in the NHL, (it's) pretty darn tough to draw up a game plan for 19 (Yzerman) and 91." -- Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports Network analyst

Video: "Who Wore It Best?": Episode 1 - Sergei Fedorov


No. 90 -- Ryan O'Reilly

Seasons worn: Colorado Avalanche 2013-15; Buffalo Sabres 2015-18; St. Louis Blues 2018-present

Career stats: 560 points (195 goals, 365 assists) in 804 games

Voting points: 52 (16-2-0) 

The skinny: O'Reilly cemented his place among the League's best two-way centers by helping St. Louis win the Stanley Cup for the first time in its 51-season history last season. Voted the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 26 games, O'Reilly also won the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward last season. He has scored at least 60 points in five of the past seven seasons, including 61 (12 goals, 49 assists) in 71 games before this season was paused on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

Fun fact: O'Reilly wore No. 37 during his first three seasons with Colorado before switching to No. 90. 

Others receiving votes: Joe Juneau, 35 (3-12-2); Marcus Johansson, 17 (0-4-9); Jason Spezza, 5 (0-1-3); David Ayres, 2 (0-0-2); Alexandar Georgiev, 1 (0-0-1); Vladislav Namestnikov, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "Perhaps there's some recency bias here, but while O'Reilly and Joe Juneau's career numbers are roughly equivalent (572 points in 828 games for Juneau), I gave O'Reilly the nod for helping to lead the Blues to the Stanley Cup last season, for his Conn Smythe win, and for his leadership and defensive prowess." -- Amalie Benjamin, staff writer


No. 89 -- Alexander Mogilny

Seasons worn: Buffalo Sabres 1989-95; Vancouver Canucks 1995-2000; New Jersey Devils 2000-01, 2005-06; Toronto Maple Leafs 2001-04

Career stats: 1,032 points (473 goals, 559 assists) in 990 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes) 

The skinny: Mogilny scored at least 30 goals eight times in his 16 NHL seasons, including two with at least 55. The right wing's 76 goals in 1992-93 remain the Sabres' single-season record, and the most in NHL history by a Russian-born player. 

Fun fact: Mogilny wore No. 89 in recognition of the year he defected from Russia to North America, as well as the fact that the Sabres selected him with the 89th pick in the 1988 NHL Draft. 

Others receiving votes: Sam Gagner, 27 (0-10-7); Mike Comrie, 22 (0-6-10); Mikkel Boedker, 4 (0-2-0); Alex Tuch, 3 (0-1-1); Darren Turcotte, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "It's impossible to fully comprehend the impact that Alex Mogilny has had, but his number goes a long way in explaining it. In his fourth NHL season, he scored 76 goals, tying Teemu Selanne for the NHL lead, the first time a European had led the League in goals." -- Shawn P. Roarke, Senior Director of Editorial


No. 88 -- Patrick Kane

Seasons worn: Chicago Blackhawks 2007-present

Career stats: 1,022 points (389 goals, 633 assists) in 973 games

Voting points: 51 (13-6-0)

The skinny: A three-time Stanley Cup champion with Chicago (2010, 2013, 2015), Kane became the first United States-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy (awarded to the NHL leader in regular-season points) and Hart Trophy (NHL most valuable player) in 2015-16, when he led the League with 106 points (46 goals, 60 assists) in 82 games. He leads all active United States-born players in goals, assists and points, and the right wing's nine NHL All-Star Game appearances are the most among active players. 

Fun fact: Kane has said he wears No. 88 to celebrate his birth year (1988), and he also wore it with London of the Ontario Hockey League. 

Others receiving votes: Eric Lindros, 41 (5-12-2); Brent Burns, 18 (1-1-13); Andrei Vasilevskiy, 4 (0-0-4)

Analysis: "I can't say enough good things about Patrick Kane and what he's done to lead the resurgence of the Chicago Blackhawks over time after he was drafted. He and Jonathan Toews are just magical there, but Kane's the guy that makes it happen. He makes everybody around him better." -- Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports Network analyst

Video: Patrick Kane first American to win Art Ross Trophy


No. 87 -- Sidney Crosby

Seasons worn: Pittsburgh Penguins 2005-present

Career stats: 1,263 points (462 goals, 801 assists) in 984 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes) 

The skinny: Crosby has worn No. 87 since making his NHL debut in 2005-06. A three-time Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh (2009, 2016, 2017), the center has won the Art Ross Trophy as the League leader in regular-season points twice (2006-07, 2013-14), the Maurice Richard Trophy as the League's leading goal-scorer twice (2009-10, 2016-17), and the Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player twice (2006-07, 2013-14). When Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy voted as most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season in 2017, he joined Mario Lemieux (1991, 1992) and Bernie Parent (1974, 1975) as the only repeat winners in NHL history.

Fun fact: Crosby's number is based on his birthday (Aug. 7, 1987). He wore it with Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before being selected by the Penguins with the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft.

Others receiving votes: Donald Brashear, 25 (0-8-9); Pierre Turgeon, 21 (0-9-3); Liam O'Brien, 4 (0-0-4)

Analysis: "Sidney Crosby wasn't the first NHL player to wear 87 -- that was Donald Brashear in 2002 -- but he was the first one whose play and accomplishments turned it into a signature number, one that kids and fans put on their jerseys to honor their favorite player." -- William Douglas, staff writer

Video: Sidney Crosby delivered on much-hyped promise


No. 86 -- Nikita Kucherov

Seasons worn: Tampa Bay Lightning 2014-present

Career stats: 547 points (221 goals, 326 assists) in 515 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes) 

The skinny: Kucherov was on pace for his third straight 100-point season, with 85 points (33 goals, 52 assists) in 68 games, when the NHL season was paused on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. The right wing led the League with 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists) in 2018-19 -- the most in the NHL since Mario Lemieux had 161 points and Jaromir Jagr had 149 in with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995-96 -- helping him win the Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by members of the NHL Players' Association. 

Fun fact: Kucherov is the only player in Lightning history to wear No. 86. 

Others receiving votes: Teuvo Teravainen, 36 (0-18-0); Kevan Miller, 10 (0-0-10); Jack Hughes, 5 (0-0-5); Nikolay Kulemin, 4 (0-1-2); Wojtek Wolski, 1 (0-0-1); Ondrej Kase, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "Nikita Kucherov has matured into one of the most dangerous scorers in the NHL." -- John Kreiser, managing editor


No. 85 -- Petr Klima

Seasons worn: Detroit Red Wings 1985-89, 1998-99; Edmonton Oilers 1989-93, 1997; Tampa Bay Lightning 1993-96; Los Angeles Kings 1996; Pittsburgh Penguins 1996-97.

Career stats: 573 points (313 goals, 260 assists) in 786 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes) 

The skinny: The right wing average 0.40 goals per game during his 13 NHL seasons, which ranks third among Czech Republic-born players (at least 100 games) behind David Pastrnak (0.46) and Jaromir Jagr (0.44). Klima scored at least 30 goals five times in the NHL, including a career-high 40 with Edmonton in 1990-91.

Fun fact: Klima was the first player to wear No. 85 in the NHL. He selected his uniform number to honor the year he defected from Czechoslovakia to North America to join the Red Wings. 

Others receiving votes: Mathieu Perreault, 34 (0-16-2); Rostislav Olesz, 19 (0-3-13); Martin Marincin, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "In addition to scoring the most goals (313), assists (260) and points (573) of anyone to wear the number, Klima also helped the Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup in 1990." -- David Satriano, staff writer

Video: Memories: Petr Klima scores in the 3rd overtime


No. 84 -- Mikhail Grabovski

Seasons worn: Toronto Maple Leafs 2008-13; Washington Capitals 2013-14; New York Islanders 2014-16

Career stats: 296 points (125 goals, 171 assists) in 534 games

Voting points: 55 (17-2-0) 

The skinny: A feisty center, Grabovski had the most goals, assists, points and games played among the 10 players who have worn No. 84 in the NHL. His best season came with Toronto in 2010-11, when he established NHL career-highs in goals (29), assists (29) and points (58) in 81 games.  

Fun fact: No. 84 was the last to be worn for the first time by a player in an NHL game. No one had worn it until Guillaume Latendresse did so for the Montreal Canadiens in 2007. 

Others receiving votes: Guillaume Latendresse, 35 (1-15-2); Oscar Klefbom, 16 (1-1-11); Phil Varone, 2 (0-0-2); Jake Chelios, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "Grabovski was a really solid two-way center before injuries derailed his career. He played in all facets and had an offensive flair." -- Brian Compton, deputy managing editor


No. 83 -- Ales Hemsky

Seasons worn: Edmonton Oilers 2002-14; Ottawa Senators 2014; Dallas Stars 2014-17; Montreal Canadiens 2017

Career stats: 572 points (174 goals, 398 assists) in 845 games

Voting points: 56 (18-1-0)

The skinny: One first-place vote for Jay Beagle prevented Hemsky from being a unanimous selection. The right wing had his best season in 2005-06, when he led the Oilers with an NHL career-high 77 points (19 goals, 58 assists) in 81 regular-season games. That season, he also had 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 24 playoff games to help them advance to the Stanley Cup Final as a No. 8 seed.

Fun fact: Hemsky was the first player in Oilers history to wear No. 83. 

Others receiving votes: Jay Beagle, 32 (1-14-1); Matt Nieto, 16 (0-2-12); Conor Garland, 4 (0-1-2); Trevor Daley, 1 (0-0-1); Karson Kuhlman, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "Hemsky was such an underrated, unheralded performer in this League, especially when he had at least 70 points in two of the first three coming out of the lockout. Many forget he led the 2005-06 Oilers, who reached the Stanley Cup Final, in scoring during the regular season." -- Pete Jensen, senior fantasy editor


No. 82 -- Martin Straka

Seasons worn: Pittsburgh Penguins 1992-95, 1997-2003; Ottawa Senators 1995-96; New York Islanders 1996; Los Angeles Kings 2003-04; New York Rangers 2005-08

Career stats: 717 points (257 goals, 460 assists) in 954 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes) 

The skinny: The 5-foot-9, 180-pound center was the first to wear No. 82 in the NHL when he had 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 42 games as a rookie with Pittsburgh in 1992-93. Straka had an NHL career-high 68 assists in 2000-01, one behind Jaromir Jagr and Adam Oates for the League lead.

Fun fact: Straka wore No. 82 for all but 67 of his 954 NHL games. He flipped the digits and wore No. 28 with the Panthers from 1996-97.

Others receiving votes: Tomas Kopecky, 22 (0-9-4); Marcus Foligno, 14 (0-5-4); Donald Audette, 12 (0-3-6); Marian Gaborik, 3 (0-1-1); Jordan Oesterle, 1 (0-0-1); Nathan Beaulieu, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "The thing I admired most about Straka was his consistency over his 15 NHL seasons. He always seemed to be around the puck and gave maximum effort every shift." -- Mike G. Morreale, staff writer


No. 81 -- Marian Hossa

Seasons worn: Detroit Red Wings 2008-09; Chicago Blackhawks 2009-17

Career stats: 1,134 points (525 goals, 609 assists) in 1,309 games

Voting points: 51 (13-6-0) 

The skinny: Hossa got the nod here over Phil Kessel despite wearing No. 18 during his first 10 NHL seasons. The right wing's most productive season wearing No. 81 was in 2008-09 with Detroit, when he had 71 points (40 goals, 31 assists) in 74 games and was selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team. But it was also while wearing No. 81 that Hossa finally won the Stanley Cup, doing so with Chicago in 2010, 2013 and 2015 after losing in the Cup Final with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008 (to the Red Wings) and with the Red Wings in 2009 (to the Penguins).

Fun fact: Hossa wore No. 18 with the Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers and Penguins, but switched to No. 81 when he came to the Red Wings because No. 18 was already being worn by Kirk Maltby. When he moved on to Chicago, he stayed with No. 81 because No. 18 had been retired in honor of Denis Savard in March 1998.

Others receiving votes: Phil Kessel, 42 (5-13-1); Miroslav Satan, 19 (1-0-16); Jonathan Marchessault, 1 (0-0-1); Lars Eller, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: "This is a guy who is a really elegant player, and I like how he chased it. He tried to win. He went to teams that he thought had a chance to win, and he played in the Final three straight years, winning the Cup in 2010 with Chicago in the third of the those three." -- Brian Burke, former NHL executive and current Sportsnet analyst 

Video: CBJ@CHI: Hossa slides home a backhand with nice move

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