Top 20 "Where Are They Now" Stories of Former NHL Greats

While most of them do make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, it is still in one way tough to be a hockey player. Just over a week ago, Steve Montador died. The former defenseman and veteran of six NHL teams passed on in his Mississauga, Ontario home. It is a trend that has hit the NFL hard, and has been causing some distress in the hockey community over the last few years.

Recent concern over head injuries and the devastation that is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is nothing to be taken lightly, and Montador seems to be (probably, pending an autopsy) the newest victim of the brain ailment that has changed and ultimately ended so many other athletes. Obviously waiting for an autopsy is essential, but according to friends and family, Montador had changed and was simply not the same guy he had been prior to his experiences in professional hockey, especially regarding hits to the head and concussions, plenty of both of which he sustained.

While it is a time of mourning in the NHL world, we here at TheSportster don't want to be a bunch of downers, and I already wrote a heavy-hearted article detailing the tragedy of CTE and some of the great athletes who have suffered and died from it and its related conditions, which you can see here. That is why it should be remembered that while some athletes do experience a terrible lot in life after their playing careers, plenty do go on to do great things inside and outside of hockey after they "hang up the skates."

Here are twenty interesting stories of hockey players and what they have done with their post retirement time. We have tried to detail some of the NHL's most legendary and have also mixed recent retirees (those from the 90s) with some older gents in hopes of offering variety. If your favorite isn't in this list, shout out in the comments section and maybe, if you're polite, we'll do another one.

20 Claude Lemieux


19 Guy Lafleur


Another star from the Montreal Canadiens' past, Guy Lafleur was a Hab from 1971 until 1985. His six straight seasons between 74-75 and 79-80 with 50 goals and 100 point totals was a first in the league and still stands as an impressive feat to this day. After hockey he started a helicopter rental business and briefly (but somewhat unsuccessfully) tried his hand at the restaurant business.

18 Jari Kurri

17 Dale Hawerchuk


16 Frank Mahovlich


15 Darryl Sittler

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14 Mike Bossy

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Bossy was one of the most celebrated New York Islanders during their glory days back in the 1980s, being a member of four Stanley Cup winning teams. Bossy could do it all and combined great team play and brilliant hockey sense to become one of the best players of his generation.

13 Theoren Fleury


12 Bobby Clarke


11 Denis Potvin


10 Dale Hunter


9 Donald Brashear

8 Ted Lindsey


7 Brett Hull

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6 Bobby Orr


5 Steve Yzerman

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4 Mike Modano

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3 Gerry Cheevers


2 Borje Salming 

1 Ken Dryden

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Five time Vezina winner and six time Montreal  Stanley Cup champion goalie Ken Dryden is our number one. Dryden retired from hockey in 1979, and his post retirement career has involved multiple books authored and a political career. He was elected to Canadian parliament in 2004, after a couple of years as President of the Maple Leafs. While in parliament, he ran unsuccessfully for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Again, for those of you unfamiliar with Canadian politics, the Liberal Party is the closest equivalent to the Democrats but further to the left of center on the political spectrum and slightly more skilled at wasting money.

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