The 10 Best NHL Players To Ever Win The Stanley Cup

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- UPDATED: To include the results of the latest game between the L.A. Kings and the New York Rangers.

The battle for the Stanley Cup is underway as the New York Rangers take on the L.A. Kings.

As of Monday, June 9, The Kings have a two game lead over the Rangers, defeating them 3-2 in game one and 5-4 in game two.

The Broadway Blue Shirts are looking to prove to fans they are not out of the series yet when they take on the Kings in game three on June 9 in New York.

It takes a great team to make it to the Stanley Cup finals. Each team from the East coast and the West coast must prove that they are the best of the best in their division.

A great team is made up of great players and a great player can be defined as someone who is talented, fast, strong, and willing to work not only to improve his own game but to help improve the game of his teammates.

A great hockey player will treat every game like it is the Stanley Cup playoffs, knowing that each win gets you closer to that coveted cup named after Lord Stanley.

The following is a list -- in no particular order -- of the NHL's 10 best players to win the Stanley Cup:

Wayne Gretzky

Known as "The Great One" and labeled "the greatest hockey player ever" by several sports writers and the NHL itself, Gretzky would win four Stanley Cup championships during his 20-year career.

Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers, where he led his team to four Cups, the L.A. Kings and finished his career with the New York Rangers.

Gretzky is the leading point-scorer in NHL history, and is the only player to exceed 200 points in one season, a fete he accomplished four times.

Mark Messier

Who will ever forget the smile on the captain's face when he was called up to get the Stanley Cup in 1994 when the New York Rangers finally broke a curse keeping them from the finals for 54-years?

Messier's career with the NHL spanned 26-years during which time he would be called one of the NHL's greatest players of all time.

Messier, or "The Messiah" as he is also known, is second on the all-time career lists for regular season points, playoff points and regular season games played. ...and... The 10 Dumbest States in America

Mike Bossy

Bossy spent his entire career playing with the New York Islanders and was an instrumental part of the team's four year run as the Stanley Cup Champions from 1980 to 1983.

Bossy is the only NHL player to score consecutive winning Stanley Cup goals in 1982 and 1983, and is the only player to hold a record for four game-winning goals in a single series.

Added to his list of NHL achievements is the fact that Bossy is the all-time leader in average goals per regular season game and he is one out of five players to score 50 goals in 50 games. ...and... The 10 Dumbest States in America

Evgeni Malkin

Currently an alternate captain with the Pittsburg Penguins, Russian born Malkin scored his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devil's Martin Brodeur in October 2006.

Malkin finished his rookie year with 85 points and 33 goals, winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top Rookie.

Three years later Malkin and his team would go on to win the Stanley Cup defeating the Detroit Redwings 2-1 in game seven. ...and... The 10 Dumbest States in America

Brian Leetch

His career spanned 17 years and three different teams: the New York Rangers, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Boston Bruins.

Leetch is best known for his playmaking, skating and offensive abilities.

Career highlights include being a two-time Norris Trophy winner for being the NHL's best defenseman in 1992 and 1997.

He was the first American-born winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy for his playoff MVP performance leading up to 94' Stanley Cup.

In 2008, the New York Rangers retired Leetch's number 2, and during the ceremony Mark Messier referred to his teammate as the "Greatest Ranger of all time." ...and... The 10 Dumbest States in America

Patrick Kane

Kane currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks and was the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft.

In 2008 Kane would be awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best rookie and the following season would go on to help get his team to the playoffs.

During the 2009 playoffs Kane would score his first hat trick against the Vancouver Canucks

Kane would score the winning goal in the 2010 Stanley Cup finals against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton bringing the Cup to Chicago. ...and... The 10 Dumbest States in America

Martin St. Louis

Currently playing with the New York Rangers, St. Louis won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

St. Louis is a talented player and in 2003-2004 he was awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player.

The same year St. Louis won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer with 94 points. ...and... The 10 Dumbest States in America

Johnathan Quick

Currently in the midst of a clash of the titans against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Quick is hoping to bring his team another Stanley Cup victory.

Quick was named an NHL second team all-star for the 2011-12 season, leading the league with 10 shutouts.

During the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Quick helped lead his team to victory over the top seeded Vancouver Canucks in five games and would then go on to help the Kings reach a first ever franchise playoff series sweep against the St. Louis Blues.

In 2014 Quick was named the starting goalie for team U.S.A at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. ...and... The 10 Dumbest States in America

Steve Yzerman

Yzerman is the current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and spent his entire NHL career playing for the Detroit Red Wings.

At the age of 21, Yzerman was named captain of the Red Wings and would serve in that role for 20 consecutive years.

Yzerman would win numerous awards during his hockey career including the Lester B. Pearson Award for most outstanding player in the 1988-1989 season.

In 1997 Yzerman led his team to their first Stanley Cup victory in 42 years when they swept the Philadelphia Flyers.

The team would go onto do it again the following year, winning the Cup after a sweep of the Washington Capitals. ...and... The 10 Dumbest States in America

Brendan Shanahan

Shanahan has played for four NHL teams, the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers.

Now retired, Shanahan won three Stanley Cup championships, scored 656 goals during his career, and at the time of his retirement in 2009 he was the leader among active NHL players for goals scored.

Shanahan holds three gold medals from the 1994 World Championships, 2002 Winter Olympics, and the 1991 Canada Cup.

Shanahan was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

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