As part of the NHL's 'Centennial Season,' the league is releasing the rest of its "100 Greatest NHL Players" list Friday night, and as always with pretty much any list, there is always debate as to who the top spot should go to.
While the answer seems pretty obvious (Wayne Gretzky), there are many fans who would argue for both Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr, two players more than deserving of the top spot on the list.
Ahead of the big reveal of the rest of the NHL's list, Gretzky, Orr and Mario Lemieux spoke to the media and unanimously agreed that Howe is greatest player of all-time.
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It's hard to argue against Howe's resume. He's fourth on the all-time points list, second on the all-time goals list, a 23-time All-Star, 4-time Stanley Cup Champion, 6-time Art Ross winner, 6-time Hart winner, and a Hall of Famer.
More importantly, though, is that Howe was an incredible person and a role model for guys like Gretzky and Lemieux to look up to.
While we don't think Howe will be number one on the list, we'll agree with the three legends in saying he was the greatest player to ever play the game.