All fans have a certain player or players that they gravitate to. Guys that they just admire for some reason or another, or just have to watch on TV whenever they get the chance.
Mount Rushmore in South Dakota is a place where four of America's greatest leaders are immortalized. But if presidents can have their own mountain, why cant hockey players?
Who is on your "Mount Rushmore" of hockey? The four guys (past or present) that you just cant get enough of?
Wayne Gretzky: The obvious choice for possibly a good majority of the site. He is quite simply the Great One. While im too young to remember the Oiler days, watching him as a King and a Ranger was enough to make him the great one to people my age as well.
Pat Lafontaine: Growing up in Buffalo, there was simply no better player and person in the community then Pat Lafontaine. He would stop and sign anything for anybody and was always a true professional on and off the ice. One of the worst days of my life as a young kid was losing my autographed Lafontaine card.
Mats Sundin: Yes, there is a Leaf on my Mount Rushmore. While I, and possibly 95% of Leaf Nation questioned his decision to not waive his NTC, Sundin proved that there may not be a more loyal player on the planet then Sundin. A hard working player on the ice, gifted with great hands and vision, Sundin has always been the reason why I cannot despise the Leafs.
Finally, the final member of my Mount Rushmore:
Alexander Ovechkin: I have never done this before in my life, but when Ovechkin scored on a breakaway against the Sabres last Wednesday, I found myself inside the HSBC Arena, clapping for a member of the opposing team. Ovechkins skill and pure love for the game makes him one of the more likeable players in the game today.