Famous hockey player, Celebrity Birthdays

  • Sidney Crosby

    Sydney Patrick Crosby is a Canadian ice hockey player, who plays for the National Hockey league. He started young and ever since he was a child, he had his eyes on making it big as a professional player. From a kid with his obsession with sports, to becoming the captain of a leading NHL team, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sydney has crossed a long path. His father happened to be a professional level ice hockey player himself and started training Sydney since he was a kid. He exhibited his skills at the junior and high school and got drafted by Penguins in 2005. In 2009, Crosby led his team to the first standing in the Stanley Cup; it was the first title victory for Penguins in more than 17 years. However, sport related ailments did plague most of his career, but Crosby kept working hard at what he did the best, scoring goals. He led his national team to score a victory at the World Junior Championship in 2005 and in 2017 he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in History.

    Sidney Crosby

  • Wayne Gretzky

    Wayne Gretzky is a former Canadian ice hockey player known as one of the best hockey players the game of Ice Hockey has ever produced. Also nicknamed as ˜the Great One', his NHL career lasted close to two decades from 1979 to 1999 for four separate teams. He is the player with the most number of goals and assists in the NHL history and held 61 NHL records at the time of his retirement in 1999. Playing in his very first NHL season for Edmonton Oilers, he was named the ˜Most Valuable Player of the Season'. And almost immediately after announcing his retirement, he was included in the hockey Hall of Fame, marking an end to a glorious career. He attributes most of his magnificent hockey skills to the fact that he started very early in his life and by the age of 2, he was already skating on ice and as he turned 6, he was playing with the teenage boys. To this date, Wayne holds 60 of the 61 records that he made during his career at the National Hockey League and served as the head coach of team Phoenix Coyotes for several years.

    Wayne Gretzky

  • Connor McDavid

    Connor McDavid is a Canadian ice hockey centre who plays for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL) and also serves as the captain of the team. He is considered one of the best players of his generation and is often compared to Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby, being dubbed 'The Next One'. Thanks to the constant support of his parents, he has been playing the game since he was a child, often playing with children much older than him, and became the third player after John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad to be allowed to in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) one year earlier than the permissible limit. He won numerous awards and achievements for his team, the Erie Otters, and later became the first overall selection by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Despite repeated injuries that kept him away from the game during most of his early professional career, he continued to perform consistently and took his team to the playoffs in the last season. He also won three gold medals for his national team, Canada.

    Connor McDavid

  • Patrick Kane

    Patrick Kane is an American professional ice hockey player who plays for the National Hockey League team ˜Chicago Blackhawks' as a right winger. Patrick has always been in love with hockey and excelled at the sport in his early teen years. In the 2004 Ontario Hockey League, he was drafted by London Knights and used the platform perfectly to showcase his skills. In the 2007 NHL Draft, he was among the first prospects and was signed on by the team Chicago Blackhawks as their first pick. As a member of Blackhawks, Patrick has won three Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015 and emerged as one of the key players in their star studded line-up. He further became recipient of Conn Smythe Trophy in 2013 and for the 2015-16 season, he won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the MVP for that season. Thus, he became the first U.S. born ice hockey player to win both Hart Memorial Trophy and Art Ross Trophy. He was included in the honourable list of 100 Greatest NHL Players in 2017. For his national American team, he has played in the 2010 and 2014 Summer Olympics.

    Patrick Kane

  • Auston Matthews

    Auston Matthews is an American professional ice-hockey player with a promising and bright career and the potential to grow into a top-level center player. He was born in California and grew up in Arizona. As a child, he was good at both baseball and ice hockey. As he grew up, he chose to focus on ice hockey. He has been described as a naturally nimble skater who can quickly accelerate his speed. Matthews exhibits confidence and competence in his game. He has helped the US win the ˜World U-17 Hockey Challenge' gold once and the ˜IIHF World U18 Championship' gold twice. He also represented the US at the ˜IIHF World U20 Championship.' For a year, he represented the ˜ZSC Lions' in the ˜Swiss National League A' (NLA) and won a number of awards in the ˜NLA.' Matthews was selected first overall in the 2016 ˜National Hockey League' (NHL) draft, by the ˜Toronto Maple Leafs.' He set a record by scoring 4 goals in his ˜NHL' debut and won the ˜Calder Trophy' for being the league's top rookie. He has achieved many milestones as a young, promising player. Presently he lives in Toronto, Canada.

    Auston Matthews

  • Alexander Ovechkin

    Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin is regarded as one of the greatest ice-hockey players in the world. Also known as The Great Eight and Ovi, he is a Russian professional winger and the captain of the ˜Washington Capitals' of the ˜National Hockey League' (NHL). He combines great skill, speed, and physical domination in the game. The talented player has won the ˜Hart Memorial Trophy' as the ˜Most Valuable Player' (MVP) in the ˜NHL' thrice. He is regarded as one of the greatest goal-scorers in ˜NHL' history. Born and raised in a family of sportspersons in Russia, he displayed affinity toward the game from a tender age. He trained under the development program of ˜HC Dynamo Moscow' of the ˜Russian Superleague' (RSL) and began playing professionally at the age of 16. The ˜Washington Capitals' selected him in the ˜2004 NHL Entry Draft.' Since then, he has been showcasing his brilliance in the game, both for the ˜NHL' and for the national team of Russia. He has achieved many milestones, set new records, and earned a number of awards and accolades. He is married to model Anastasia Shubskaya.

    Alexander Ovechkin

  • Carey Price

    Carey Price is an accomplished Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the ˜Montreal Canadiens' of the National Hockey League (NHL). He started his junior career in 2002 with ˜Tri-City Americans' and was later drafted fifth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the ˜Montreal Canadiens.' He won the ˜Del Wilson Trophy' and the ˜CHL Goaltender of the Year' award, and then joined ˜Hamilton Bulldogs,' the Canadiens' farm team, and won the ˜Jack A. Butterfield Trophy' as ˜MVP of the tournament' while leading the Bulldogs to win their only Calder Cup in 2007. He achieved several feats after becoming starting goaltender of the Canadiens during 2007“08 season which includes becoming the first goaltender in the history of NHL to win the Jennings, Ted Lindsay, Hart and Vezina trophies in the same season. His international achievements include winning a gold medal at the 2007 ˜World Junior Ice Hockey Championships' and a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi where he was also voted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) as the best goaltender.

    Carey Price

  • Jonathan Toews

    Jonathan Toews is a Canadian ice hockey player, who currently serves as the captain of the NHL team Chicago Blackhawks. Born and brought up in Manitoba, Canada, Jonathan and his younger brother started practising ice hockey very early in their lives as their father used to make a hockey rink in their backyard during the winter seasons. As a result of this early interest in the game, Jonathan grew up to be a highly competitive player and kept playing ice hockey throughout his high school and college years. In 2006, he was drafted as the third overall pick by Chicago Blackhawks and in his rookie season, Jonathan earned a nomination for the Calder Memorial Trophy given away to the Rookie of the Year. In his second season for the Blackhawks he was made the captain of the team. Hence, he became the second youngest NHL captain of all times. In addition, he ended up winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015 and became the youngest player ever to win three Stanley Cups. Jonathan has also played for the Canadian national team. Frequently considered to be one of the greatest ice hockey players active today, he was named one among the 100 Greatest NHL Players in 2017.

    Jonathan Toews

  • Mitch Marner

    Forward who was taken fourth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2015 NHL Draft after starring with the OHL's London Knights for two seasons.

    Mitch Marner

  • Tyler Seguin

    Canadian right winger who won the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship with the Boston Bruins as a rookie. After the Bruins were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, he was traded to the Dallas Stars.

    Tyler Seguin

  • Henrik Lundqvist

    Star goaltender who began his career with the New York Rangers in 2005 and won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie in 2012. He became the first goaltender in NHL history to win 30 or more games in each of his first seven seasons.

    Henrik Lundqvist

  • Eric Lindros

    Former NHL All-Star who spent eight years with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was selected first overall in the 1991 NHL Draft by the Quebec Nordiques, and he led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997, where they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

    Eric Lindros

  • P.K. Subban

    Canadian-born Jamaican defender who made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009. He won the 2013 Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defender. He was traded to the Nashville Predators in 2016 and he helped lead the Predators to the 2016-17 Stanley Cup Finals. 

    P.K. Subban

  • Zdeno Chara

    Slovak defender who, at 6'9", became the tallest player to ever play in the NHL. He won the Norris Trophy for the league's top defender in 2009 and helped the Boston Bruins win a Stanley Cup Championship in 2011.

    Zdeno Chara

  • Marc-Andre Fleury

    NHL goalkeeper who joined the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. He was selected first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2003 and won Stanley Cups with the team in 2009, 2016 and 2017. He was selected to his first NHL All-Star team in 2011. 

    Marc-Andre Fleury

  • Mike Fisher

    Canadian center who joined the Nashville Predators in 2010 after beginning his career with the Ottawa Senators. He was selected 44th overall in the 1998 NHL Draft.

    Mike Fisher

  • Bobby Orr

    Robert Gordon Bobby Orr is a former professional ice hockey player regarded as one of the greatest ever players of the game. He played as a defenceman and used his ice skating speed and play-making abilities to develop his own unique technique of playing in that position. Even though his career spanned not more than 13 years, he was able to revolutionize the way ice hockey was played and created several world records within this relatively short period to become one of the best ever hockey players of all time. Having been born into a family of sportsmen, it was no surprise that young Bobby had a keen interest in sports from an early age. He started playing organized hockey by the time he was five. Even though he was small and skinny, he was very talented and hard working. As a small child he played in the forward position before being moved to defence by his coach. He began his professional career with the Boston Bruins with whom he played for ten seasons before moving on to play for Chicago Black Hawks. He is the only defenceman to have scored most points and assists in a single season. Post his playing career he spends his time scouting for new talent and mentoring young players. He is also known for his philanthropy and charitable works.

    Bobby Orr

  • Gordie Howe

    NHL legend known as Mr. Hockey, he played games in five different decades, spending his prime years with the Detroit Red Wings. He finished his career with NHL records in goals with 801 and points with 1850, but they would later be topped by the great <a title='Wayne Gretzky' href='/famous/wayne-gretzky.htm'>Wayne Gretzky</a>.

    Gordie Howe

  • Brad Marchand

    NHL winger who made his NHL debut in 2009 after being drafted 71st overall by the Boston Bruins in 2008. He helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011.

    Brad Marchand

  • Taylor Hall

    NHL left winger who was selected first-overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Draft. After six seasons and 328 points with the team, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils for <a title='Adam Larsson' href='/famous/adam-larsson.htm'>Adam Larsson</a> in 2016.

    Taylor Hall

  • Valeri Bure

    Valeri Bure is a Russian“American ice hockey player. Born in Russia, Bure immigrated to the US with his family in his youth to play hockey. He eventually fashioned a successful ice hockey career, spanning 14 years, playing for both the ˜National Hockey League' (NHL) and the Russian national team, before he retired to run a winery in California. He has also participated in a figure-skating reality show, which he won. Bure's brother, Pavel, is also a well-known ice hockey player, and the siblings hold an ˜NHL' record together. Both brothers have credited their father, a former ˜Olympic' swimmer, for their relentless work ethic. Bure is currently married to actor Candace Cameron Bure. The couple has three children.

    Valeri Bure

  • Patrice Bergeron

    NHL center who helped lead the Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2011. He became one of the league's best two-way players, winning the Selke Award as the NHL's top defensive forward in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. 

    Patrice Bergeron

  • John Tavares

    NHL center who was selected first overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He quickly became one of the Islanders' top players and was named the team's captain in September 2013.

    John Tavares

  • Steven Stamkos

    NHL center who won the Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy as the league's top scorer in 2010 and 2012 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was selected first overall in the 2008 NHL Draft and soon after became one of the game's top offensive players.

    Steven Stamkos