HUT Heroes are team specific local legends, fan favorites and all-time greats that you can unlock for your Hockey Ultimate Team by completing team sets!
J.S. Giguere was a key reason to the Anaheim Ducks' success in the 2000s. In 2003, Giguere became just the fifth player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Playoff MVP despite being on the losing team in the Stanley Cup Final. He would later get his redemption and capture a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
Shane Doan is one of the most recognized pro-athlete in Arizona. The tough-yet-skilled forward captained the Arizona Coyotes for 14 seasons and holds multiple franchise records including Games Played, Goals, Assists, and Points.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005, Cam Neely was the first true Power Forward in hockey. His dominant physical play combined with his hard shot made him a force offensively and allowed him to record 3 50 goal seasons in his 13 year NHL career.
Dave Andreychuk, a 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee, is the NHL's all-time leader in power play goals with 274. He played 12 of his 23 seasons in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres and ranks in the top 100 for all-time Games Played (7th), Goals (14th), Assists (53rd) and Points (29th).
Al MacInnis' booming slap shot struck fear into the hearts of opposing defenders and blue liners. One of the best defenders to ever play the game, MacInnis led the Calgary Flames to their first and only Stanley Cup in 1989 - capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. MacInnis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 and was named as one of the NHL's Top 100 players of all-time this year. His 1274 points rank him third all-time amongst NHL defensemen.
As one of the game's best all-time two-way forwards, Rod Brind'Amour had an outstanding career that included him captaining the Carolina Hurricanes to their first and only Stanley Cup in 2006. The centre recorded 1184 points in his 1484 game career.
Jeremy Roenick is one of the best American-born hockey players to ever lace it up. He appeared in 9 All-Star Games and registered 1216 points in 1363 career games, which ranks him fourth in all-time points by an American-born NHLer.
One of the better defensive defensemen to ever play in the NHL, Adam Foote was able to shutdown the opposition and transition the puck like few players could. His physical play combined with his positional awareness allowed him to play a large role in the 2 Stanley Cups he won as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Selected first overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Rick Nash made a massive impact in his tenure as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nash won the 2004 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer and remains the franchise leader in multiple categories including Games Played, Goals, Assists, and Points.
Marty Turco spent nine of his 11 seasons in the NHL with the Dallas Stars, where he remains the franchise leader in multiple goaltending categories including Wins and Save Percentage. Turco was also one of the best puck handling goalies in the history of the NHL.
Detroit Red Wings
In his three seasons as a Detroit Red Wings goalie, Mike Vernon won a Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe as Playoff MVP and the William M. Jennings Trophy. Mike Vernon's 385 wins ranks him 14th amongst all netminders.
Nicknamed “Captain Canada”, Ryan Smyth is widely regarded as one of the best leaders in hockey. Smyth was a fan favorite throughout his 15 year career in Edmonton where he played a gritty, two-way forward style game and registered 842 points in his 1270 game career.
A power forward who tallied 840 points in his NHL career, Scott Mellanby won over the hearts of all Florida Panthers fans when he killed a rat in the dressing room before a game then later scored 2 goals with the same stick. This led to Panthers fans throwing plastic rats onto the ice after every goal during their 1996 Stanley Cup run.
Los Angeles Kings
One of the top defenders of his time, Rob Blake could do it all. His ability to shutdown opponents while providing an offensive punch led to him capturing the 1998 Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's best defenseman. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, Blake now serves as the LA Kings General Manager after spending 14 seasons with the club as a skater.
Andrew Brunette perhaps scored the biggest goal in Minnesota Wild history when he beat Patrick Roy in Game 7 overtime to lead the Wild to their best postseason record in franchise history. Brunette possessed an incredibly accurate shot and was always a threat to score when he was on the ice.
Kirk Mueller was a strong contributor during his four seasons as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. After winning the Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1993, Muller was named captain of the Canadiens and earned the nickname “Captain Kirk”.
During his six seasons as a member of the Nashville Predators, Steve Sullivan registered 263 points in 317 games played. Sullivan's speed allowed him to get around the opposition with ease and his ability to make plays made him a threat whenever he hit the ice.
New Jersey Devils
Ken Daneyko is one of very few players who played all 20 seasons with just one team. Daneyko endeared himself to the Devils fans through his hard-working, physical style of play that helped the New Jersey Devils capture three Stanley Cups during his career.
New York Islanders
Pat LaFontaine spent his first eight seasons of his career with the New York Islanders where, much like the rest of his career, LaFontaine found the back of the net a lot. Through his 865 game NHL career, LaFontaine recorded 1013 points and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
New York Rangers
A strong scoring forward, Adam Graves was a key player on the New York Rangers throughout the 1990s. His 507 points in 772 games for the Rangers helped propel the team to be contenders and was one of the top players in their 1994 Stanley Cup victory.
A fan-favourite with the Ottawa Senators, Wade Redden remains one of the best defensemen in the history of the Senators. He was a minute-munching blueliner who could contribute offensively while shutting down the opposition with his positioning and physical strength.
Ron Hextall made hockey history when he became the first goalie to shoot a puck and score in the NHL and has the most goals from his own shots in NHL history with two. Hextall was a goaltender who protected his crease and won the 1987 Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP and 1987 Vezina Trophy as the top goalie in the NHL. He now serves as General Manager for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, Larry Murphy is the fifth highest-scoring defensemen in NHL history. Murphy played a major role in the Pittsburgh Penguins 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup victories. His ability to drive play from the blue line and contribute offensively makes him one of the best defensemen to ever hit the ice.
St. Louis Blues
Perhaps one of the best players physical forwards to ever play the game, Tkachuk would make his presence felt on every shift. Whether it was landing a big hit or scoring a big goal, the gritty forward's hardworking play style won over the hearts of many St. Louis Blues fans. Tkachuk recorded 1065 points in 1201 games throughout his 20 year NHL career.
San Jose Sharks
Perhaps the greatest moment in NHL All-Star Game history is when Owen Nolan was in on a breakaway and called his shot - pointing directly at where he was going to shoot before sniping the goal where he aimed. Nolan had a tremendous NHL career, registering 885 points in 1200 career NHL games.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Dan Boyle remains one of the greatest defensemen in Tampa Bay Lightning history. His strong skating and puck handling abilities helped him register 253 points in 394 games with the Lightning and was the Lightning's top defensemen during their 2004 Stanley Cup victory.
Toronto Maple Leafs
A legend amongst Toronto Maple Leafs fans, Wendel Clark won over the hearts of many with his gritty, two-way play while providing an offensive punch with 441 points in 608 games played for the Leafs. Clark was inducted into the Maple Leafs' Legends Row in 2017 and served as the team's captain for three seasons.
Trevor Linden's impact in Vancouver, both on and off the ice, is simply incredible. On top of the countless hours of charity work that Linden did during his playing time with the team, he played an excellent two-way game and notched 733 points in 1140 games for the Canucks. The 1997 King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner is perhaps best remembered for his performance in the Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup run.
Ollie the Goalie had an outstanding NHL career for the Washington Capitals. Kolzig currently remains the holder of many Capitals franchise records, such as Wins and Shutouts. Kolzig spent 16 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Washington Capitals, winning the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie for his performance in the 1999-00 season.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, Dale Hawerchuk was one of the best offensive players to ever play in the NHL. Hawerchuk, who spent 9 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, ranks in the top 50 for career goals (37th), assists (21st) and points (19th). In his rookie season, Hawerchuk became the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season and captured the Calder Trophy as the league's best rookie that year.
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