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The Hockey News, commonly abbreviated to THN, is a Canadian ice hockey magazine. The Hockey News was founded in 1947 by Ken McKenzie and Will Côté, and has since been the most recognized hockey publication in North America. The magazine has a readership of 225,000 people per issue, while the magazine's website counts two million total readers.[2]

The Hockey News
THN Logo.svg
EditorJason Kay
Former editorsBob McKenzie
Steve Dryden
Staff writersKen Campbell
Ryan Kennedy
Matt Larkin
Total circulation
(December 2012)
Year founded1947
CompanyRoustan Media
Based inToronto, Ontario

Previously owned by Transcontinental Media, it was acquired by TVA Group in 2014 as part of the sale of its consumer magazines. The sale created a synergy, as TVA Group is the official French-language rightsholder of the National Hockey League in Canada, as per a license agreement with Rogers Media.[3][4] Roustan Media bought the Hockey News from Quebecor on January 26, 2018.[5]



The Hockey News (ISSN 0018-3016) publishes 19 issues per year, including Money and Power, Pool Guide, Yearbook and the Collector’s Edition. (Money and Power and Pool Guide are only included with Gold Membership.) It is the top-selling hockey magazine in North America[2] and is available through subscription in North America and digitally to the rest of the world. The Hockey News is also available at many newsstands in North America. The magazine principally covers the National Hockey League (NHL), relying on local beat writers to cover each team. Smaller sections in the regular issues cover the women's game, grassroots, junior, college, and international hockey.

All-time NHL player rankingsEdit

In 1997, The Hockey News commemorated their 50th anniversary with a list of the 50 top NHL players of all time. The rankings, which heralded Wayne Gretzky as the best player in the history of the NHL, were determined by a panel of judges that included past and present NHL general managers, coaches and players, as well some of the most eminent members of hockey media. The following year, THN expanded the list and published it as a book: The Top 100 NHL Players of All Time. Their list again featured Gretzky as the top player. The top 10 players, in order, were: Wayne Gretzky[6], Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux, Maurice Richard, Doug Harvey, Jean Beliveau, Bobby Hull, Terry Sawchuk and Eddie Shore.[7]

Ten years later, in 2007, THN came out with a list of revised list in The Top 60 Since 1967, which limited the rankings to players solely of the NHL's post-expansion era. In addition to accounting for the 10 years that had passed since previous rankings, editor-in-chief Jason Kay explained that the list was revised to exclude the pre-expansion era because most analysts are not able to put the early NHL into sufficient context, adding that the original Top 50 publication "relied heavily on historical and statistical information to bring players of bygone eras into perspective."[8]

In 2008, the THN staff participated in the selection of the IIHF Centennial All-Star Team.

In 2010, THN released a revised list of the top 100 players of all time, except this time it was top 20 players per position.

Full list of 100 best playersEdit

Players in boldface were active when the list was published in early 1998. Flags of players born outside of Canada (regardless of nationality) are included next to their names.

  1. Wayne Gretzky
  2. Bobby Orr
  3. Gordie Howe
  4. Mario Lemieux[9]
  5. Maurice Richard
  6. Doug Harvey
  7. Jean Beliveau
  8. Bobby Hull
  9. Terry Sawchuk[10]
  10. Eddie Shore
  11. Guy Lafleur
  12. Mark Messier
  13. Jacques Plante
  14. Ray Bourque
  15. Howie Morenz
  16. Glenn Hall
  17. Stan Mikita[11]  
  18. Phil Esposito
  19. Denis Potvin
  20. Mike Bossy
  21. Ted Lindsay
  22. Patrick Roy
  23. Red Kelly
  24. Bobby Clarke
  25. Larry Robinson
  26. Ken Dryden
  27. Frank Mahovlich
  28. Milt Schmidt
  29. Paul Coffey
  30. Henri Richard
  31. Bryan Trottier
  32. Dickie Moore
  33. Newsy Lalonde
  34. Syl Apps
  35. Bill Durnan
  36. Charlie Conacher
  37. Jaromir Jagr[12]  
  38. Marcel Dionne
  39. Joe Malone
  40. Chris Chelios[13]  
  41. Dit Clapper
  42. Bernie Geoffrion
  43. Tim Horton
  44. Bill Cook
  45. Johnny Bucyk
  46. George Hainsworth
  47. Gilbert Perreault
  48. Max Bentley
  49. Brad Park
  50. Jari Kurri  
  51. Nels Stewart
  52. King Clancy
  53. Bill Cowley
  54. Eric Lindros
  55. Busher Jackson
  56. Peter Stastny  
  57. Ted Kennedy
  58. Andy Bathgate
  59. Pierre Pilote
  60. Turk Broda
  61. Frank Boucher
  62. Cy Denneny
  63. Bernie Parent
  64. Brett Hull
  65. Aurel Joliat
  66. Toe Blake
  67. Frank Brimsek  
  68. Elmer Lach
  69. Dave Keon
  70. Grant Fuhr
  71. Brian Leetch  
  72. Earl Seibert
  73. Doug Bentley
  74. Borje Salming  
  75. Georges Vezina
  76. Charlie Gardiner
  77. Clint Benedict
  78. Steve Yzerman
  79. Tony Esposito
  80. Billy Smith
  81. Serge Savard
  82. Alex Delvecchio
  83. Babe Dye
  84. Lorne Chabot
  85. Sid Abel
  86. Bob Gainey
  87. Johnny Bower
  88. Sprague Cleghorn
  89. Mike Gartner
  90. Norm Ullman
  91. Sweeney Schriner  
  92. Joe Primeau
  93. Darryl Sittler
  94. Joe Sakic
  95. Dominik Hasek  
  96. Babe Pratt
  97. Jack Stewart
  98. Yvan Cournoyer
  99. Bill Gadsby
  100. Frank Nighbor


Editor in Chief - Jason Kay; Senior Editor - Brian Costello; Senior Writers - Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy, Matt Larkin; Managing Editor - Edward Fraser; Features Editor - Sam McCaig; Web Editor - Jared Clinton; Digital Content Producer - Steven Ellis; Art Director - Shea Berencsi; Designer - Samantha Fortomaris.

People who have held the editor in chief position in the past include TSN broadcaster Bob McKenzie (no relation to the founder) and TSN producer Steve Dryden.


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b "About Us". The Hockey News. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Quebecor's TVA Group buys 15 magazines from Transcontinental". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Quebecor's TVA Group buys Hockey News, Canadian Living". CBC News. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
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  7. ^ Ulmer, Michael; Dryden, Steve (1999). The Top 100 NHL Players of All Time. The Hockey News. McClelland and Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-4175-4.
  8. ^ Kay, Jason; Ken Campbell; Adam Proteau (2007). The Hockey News - The Top 60 Since 1967. Montreal: Transcontinental Books. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-9738355-4-0.
  9. ^ Lemieux was retired at the time the list was published, but returned later for parts of five more seasons.
  10. ^ Sawchuk is the highest-ranked goaltender.
  11. ^ Mikita is the highest-ranked European-born player, though he was raised in Canada from a young age.
  12. ^ Jagr is the highest-ranked European-born-and-trained player.
  13. ^ Chelios is the highest-ranked player born in the U.S.A.

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