By amuir29
March 06, 2013

Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames is still a top power forward. At age 35, Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames is still a model power forward. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Here's the thing about listing the greatest power forwards in NHL history: the concept of what exactly constitutes a power forward is about as loose as the definition of comedy.

So how best to explain where this list is coming from? While I generally avoid Wikipedia like a dark alley after a bank run, I actually like the parameters they set on the term:

"A forward who is big and strong, equally capable of playing physically or scoring goals and would most likely have high totals in both points and penalties. It is usually used in reference to a forward who is physically large, with the toughness to dig the puck out of the corners, possesses offensive instincts...and willingly engages in fights when required."

It's not perfect, but it's close to what I'm thinking. That's why you won't see Mark Messier on this list -- he's more of a powerful forward than a power forward by my definition. Same with Gordie Howe.

I like my power forwards to bring a bit more menace to the table. That's a quality inherent in each of these picks. Disagree? Make your case in the comment section below.

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