10 Greatest One-Team NHL Players

With the advent of the salary cap in the vast majority of North American sports, the odds of a player sticking it out from start to finish with the same club are miniscule. But then again, that's nothing new to the NHL. If you look at some of the greatest players in the game, from early-era stars like Howie Morenz and Eddie Shore, to more modern icons such as Gordie Howe, Bobby Orrr, Bobby Hull, Mark Messier and even the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, they all made more than one stop during their Hall of Fame careers.

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When it comes to one-team players, the Detroit Red Wings are king. While long-time Detroit captain Steve Yzerman is the all-time leader in goals (692), assists (1063) and points (1755) by a one-team NHLer, his Red Wings teammate Nicklas Lidstrom holds the mark for most games played (1564) by a one-team player in NHL history, as well as league marks for goals (264), assists (878) and points (1142) by a one-team defenseman.

Among forwards, Alex Delvecchio, a Red Wing from 1950-74, played a record 1549 games and held the overall NHL mark for one-team players until it was shattered by Lidstrom.


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