The NHL’s new three-on-three tournament has hockey fans excited to see action-packed games with chances at each end in a matter of seconds.
One element worth discussing? Who would have dominated a three-on-three tournament in previous decades? Beginning in the 1920s, here is a look—by decade—at the three best options for this kind of tournament over the years.
Note: Each decade is unique, so if a player dominated in two decades, he is eligible to appear, based on performance, twice on this list. All players selected were among the leaders in points per game in each decade and played at least five seasons in the 10 years in question. The only exceptions to the five-year rule are: Bobby Orr in the 1960s, as his four seasons revolutionized the game; Mario Lemieux, who played in parts of five seasons in the 2000s but only 170 games total in the decade.