Reader Marc Mayntz, who previously created a “best player by uni number” graphic for the NFL, has now turned his attention from the gridiron to the ice. He provided the following background info:
I tried to match the graphic with the best season of the player’s career. The only real exception was showing Mark Messier as a Ranger, despite his best years being in Edmonton, simply because the most famous image of him is his lifting of the Cup in 1994.
Only Gretzky is shown in white.
The list is predominantly Original Six, but some modern names made the list too. I also added belly striping where appropriate, because sweaters need belly stripes, so that compressed some of the NOB’s, especially the Rangers/Wings with their arched NOB typography.
From an aesthetic standpoint, it’s interesting to see how much red there is. Also weird to see how three of the green jerseys are vertically stacked at Nos. 36, 46, and 56.
As for the player choices, I’ll let the readers weigh in on that.
If you want to see more “Best Players by Uni Number” graphics, look here.