Feb 12, 2010; Vancouver, BC, CANADA; Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky carries the Olympic flame during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics at BC Place. Mandatory Credit: Andreas Reichart/GEPA via US PRESSWIRE

The Most Of Everything: NHL Records For The Curious

My 9 year old son is fascinated with The Stanley Cup Playoffs. Usually he loves hockey, but if it’s not The Lightning or The Penguins, (yes *sigh* he’s a Pens fan. He didn’t get that from me), then he’s not interested. He’s suddenly taken a liking to The Devils. He asked me what single player made the most goals during a single game, and how many. I couldn’t answer him. I had to look it up. When we think stats and NHL records, one name comes to mind. Gretzky. “The Great One” …and for good reason! I’m wondering if the man is even human. Tonight I thought I’d list some interesting NHL records.

(Individual)

GOALS

ASSISTS

  • Most assists: Wayne Gretzky, 1963
  • Most assists, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky, 2223
  • Most assists, one season: Wayne Gretzky, 163 (1985–86)
  • Most assists, one season, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky, 174 (1985–86)
  • Most assists, one game: Billy Taylor (March 16, 1947), Wayne Gretzky (three occasions: February 15, 1980; December 11, 1985; February 14, 1986), all tied with 7.
  • Most assists, one road game: Billy Taylor (March 16, 1947), Wayne Gretzky (December 11, 1985) both tied with 7.
  • Most assists, one period: Dale Hawerchuk, 5 (March 6, 1984)

POINTS

  • Most points: Wayne Gretzky, 2857
  • Most points, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky, 3239
  • Most points, one season: Wayne Gretzky, 215 (1985–86)
  • Most points by a goaltender: Tom Barrasso, 48
  • Most points, one season, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky, 255 (1984–85)
  • Most points, one game: Darryl Sittler, 10 (Feb. 7, 1976)
  • Most points, one playoff game: Patrik Sundstrom (Apr. 22, 1988) and Mario Lemieux (Apr. 25, 1989), 8
  • Most points, one road game: Peter and Anton Stastny, 8 each (Feb. 22, 1981)
  • Most points, one period: Bryan Trottier, 6 (Dec. 23, 1978, second period)
  • Most points, one playoffs: Wayne Gretzky, 47, 1985

POWER-PLAY GOALS

SHORTHANDED GOALS

OVERTIME

PLUS/MINUS

SEASONS

GAMES

  • Most games: Gordie Howe, 1767
  • Most games, including playoffs: Mark Messier, 1992
  • Most playoff games: Chris Chelios 266
  • Most games played in a single NHL season, not including playoffs: Jimmy Carson (1992–93) and Bob Kudelski (1993–94), both with 86
  • Most consecutive games: Doug Jarvis, 964 (October 8, 1975 — October 10, 1987)
  • Most consecutive games by a defenseman: Jay Bouwmeester, 506 (streak active, 506 as of start of 2011–12 season)
  • Oldest player to play a game: Gordie Howe, 52 years, 11 days

STANLEY CUPS

  • Most Stanley Cups, as a player: Henri Richard, Montreal Canadiens, 11. (1956–60, 1965–66 1968–69, 1971, 1973)
  • Most Stanley Cups, as a Non-player: Sam Pollock, Montreal Canadiens, 12. (1959–60, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1971, 1973, 1976–79)
  • Most Stanley Cups, as either a player or non-player: Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens, 17 Beliveau’s name appears on the Stanley Cup the most. 1956–60, 1965–66 1968–69, 1971 (as player), 1973, 1976–79, 1986, 1993 (as executive)

GOALS/POINTS/ASSISTS BY POSITION

  • Most goals by a centre, career: Wayne Gretzky, 894
  • Most goals by a centre, one season: Wayne Gretzky, 92 (1981–82)
  • Most assists by a centre, career: Wayne Gretzky, 1963
  • Most assists by a centre, one season: Wayne Gretzky, 163 (1985–86)
  • Most points by a centre, career: Wayne Gretzky, 2857
  • Most points by a centre, one season: Wayne Gretzky, 215 (1985–86)
  • Most goals by a left wing, career: Luc Robitaille, 668
  • Most goals by a left wing, one season: Alexander Ovechkin, 65 (2007–08)
  • Most assists by a left wing, career: John Bucyk, 813
  • Most assists by a left wing, one season: Joe Juneau, 70 (1992–93)
  • Most points by a left wing, career: Luc Robitaille, 1394
  • Most points by a left wing, one season: Luc Robitaille, 125 (1992–93)
  • Most goals by a right wing, career: Gordie Howe, 801
  • Most goals by a right wing, one season: Brett Hull, 86 (1990–91)
  • Most assists by a right wing, career: Gordie Howe, 1049
  • Most assists by a right wing, one season: Jaromir Jagr, 87 (1995–96)
  • Most points by a right wing, career: Gordie Howe, 1850
  • Most points by a right wing, one season: Jaromir Jagr, 149 (1995–96)
  • Most goals by a defenceman, career: Raymond Bourque, 410
  • Most goals by a defenceman, one season: Paul Coffey, 48 (1985–86)
  • Most goals by a defenceman, one game: Ian Turnbull, 5 (Feb. 2, 1977)
  • Most assists by a defenceman, career: Raymond Bourque, 1169
  • Most assists by a defenceman, one season: Bobby Orr, 102 (1970–71)
  • Most assists by a defenceman, one game: Babe Pratt (Jan. 8, 1944), Pat Stapleton (Mar. 30, 1969), Bobby Orr (Jan. 1, 1973), Ron Stackhouse (Mar. 8, 1975), Paul Coffey (Mar. 14, 1986), Gary Suter, (Apr. 4, 1986) all with 6.
  • Most points by a defenceman, career: Raymond Bourque, 1579
  • Most points by a defenceman, one season: Bobby Orr, 139 (1970–71)
  • Most points by a defenceman, one game: Tom Bladon (Dec. 11, 1977), Paul Coffey (Mar. 14, 1986), both with 8.
  • Most points by a goaltender, career: Tom Barrasso, 48
  • Most points by a goaltender, one season: Grant Fuhr, 14 (1983–84)
  • Most points by a goaltender, one game: Jeff Reese, 3 (Feb. 10, 1993)
  • Most goals by a goaltender, career: Ron Hextall, Martin Brodeur, both with 2

ROOKIE RECORDS

  • Most goals by a rookie, one season: Teemu Selanne, 76 (1992–93)
  • Most goals by a player in his first NHL season, one game: Howie Meeker (Jan. 8, 1947), Don Murdoch (Oct. 12, 1976) both with 5.
  • Most goals by a player in his first NHL game: Alex Smart (Jan. 14, 1943), Real Cloutier (Oct. 10, 1979), Fabian Brunnstrom, (Oct. 16, 2008), Derek Stepan (Oct. 9, 2010) all with 3.
  • Most assists by a rookie, one season: Peter Stastny (1980–81) and Joe Juneau (1992–93) both with 70. (Wayne Gretzky had 86 assists (1979–80), but is not considered a rookie because he had previously played a season in the WHA)
  • Most assists by a player in his first NHL season, one game: Wayne Gretzky, 7 (Feb. 15, 1980)
  • Most assists by a player in his first NHL game: Dutch Reibel (Oct. 8, 1953), 4.
  • Most points by a rookie, one season: Teemu Selanne, 132 (1992–93). (Wayne Gretzky had 137 points (1979–80), but is not considered a rookie because he had previously played a season in the WHA)
  • Most points by a rookie, one playoffs: Dino Ciccarelli (1981) and Ville Leino (2010), both with 21. (Although it was Ville Leino’s second season, he was still considered a rookie by NHL)
  • Most goals by a rookie, one playoffs: Dino Ciccarelli (1981), 14
  • Most assists by a rookie, one playoffs: Ville Leino (2010), 14 (Although it was Ville Leino’s second season, he was still considered a rookie by NHL)
  • Most points by a player in his first NHL season, one game: Peter and Anton Stastny, 8 each (Feb. 22, 1981)
  • Most points by a player in his first NHL game: Al Hill, 5 (Feb. 14, 1977)
  • Most goals by a rookie defenceman, one season: Brian Leetch, 23 (1988–89)
  • Most assists by a rookie defenceman, one season: Larry Murphy, 60 (1980–81)
  • Most points by a rookie defenceman, one season: Larry Murphy, 76 (1980–81)
  • Longest goal scoring streak to start a career: Joe Malone, (1917–1918) 14 games.
  • Longest point streak by a rookie, one season: Paul Stastny (Feb 3 2007 – Mar 17 2007) 20 games.

POINTS/GOALS/ASSISTS PER GAME AVERAGE

  • Highest goals-per-game average, career (among players with 200-or-more goals): Mike Bossy, .762
  • Highest goals-per-game average including playoffs, career (among players with 200-or-more goals): Mario Lemieux, .749
  • Highest goals-per-game average, one season (among players with 20-or-more goals): Joe Malone, 2.20 (1917–18)
  • Highest goals-per-game average, one season (among players with 50-or-more goals): Wayne Gretzky, 1.18 (1983–84)
  • Highest assists-per-game average, career (among players with 300-or-more assists): Wayne Gretzky, 1.320
  • Highest assists-per-game average, one season (among players with 35-or-more assists): Wayne Gretzky, 2.04 (1985–86)
  • Highest points-per-game average, career (among players with 500-or-more points): Wayne Gretzky, 1.921
  • Highest points-per-game average, one season (among players with 50-or-more-points): Wayne Gretzky, 2.77 (1983–84)

MILESTONE GOAL SEASONS

  • Most 20-or-more goal seasons: Gordie Howe, 22
  • Most consecutive 20-or-more goal seasons: Gordie Howe, 22 (1949–1971)
  • Most 30-or-more goal seasons: Mike Gartner, 17
  • Most consecutive 30-or-more goal seasons: Mike Gartner, 15 (1979–1994), Jaromir Jagr, 15 (1991–2007)
  • Most 40-or-more goal seasons: Wayne Gretzky, 12
  • Most consecutive 40-or-more goal seasons: Wayne Gretzky, 12 (1979–1991)
  • Most 50-or-more goal seasons: Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, both with 9
  • Most consecutive 50-or-more goal seasons: Mike Bossy, 9 (1977–1986)
  • Most 60-or-more goal seasons: Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, both with 5
  • Most consecutive 60-or-more goal seasons: Wayne Gretzky, 4
  • Most 70-or-more goal seasons: Wayne Gretzky, 4
  • Most consecutive 70-or more goal seasons: Wayne Gretzky, 4
  • Most 80-or-more goal seasons: Wayne Gretzky, 2
  • Most 90-or-more goal seasons: Wayne Gretzky, 1

HATTRICK OR BETTER GAMES

  • Most three-or-more goal games, career: Wayne Gretzky, 50
  • Most three-or-more goal games, one season: Wayne Gretzky, 10 (1981–82 and again in 1983–84)
  • Most consecutive three-or-more goal games: Joe Malone, (1917–18 and again later in that season), Mike Bossy (1980–81), tied for 3
  • Most four-or-more goal games, one season: Mario Lemieux, 3 (1992-93)

GOAL/ASSIST POINT STREAKS

  • Longest consecutive goal-scoring streak from start of NHL career: Joe Malone, 14 games (1917–18)
  • Longest consecutive goal-scoring streak: Punch Broadbent, 16 games (1921–22)
  • Longest consecutive goal-scoring streak by a defenceman: Mike Green, 8 games (2008–09)
  • Longest consecutive assist-scoring streak: Wayne Gretzky, 23 games (1990–91)
  • Longest consecutive point-scoring streak: Wayne Gretzky, 51 games (1983–84)
  • Longest consecutive point-scoring streak from start of season: Wayne Gretzky, 51 games (1983–84)
  • Longest consecutive point-scoring streak for a defenceman from start of season: John-Michael Liles, 9 games (2010–11)
  • Longest consecutive point-scoring streak by a defenceman: Paul Coffey, 28 games (1985–86)
  • Longest consecutive point-scoring streak by a rookie: Paul Stastny, 20 games (2006–07)

FASTEST GOALS

SHOTS

HITS
Most hits, one season: Matt Martin, 374 (2011–12)

PENALTY MINUTES

  • Most penalty minutes, career: Tiger Williams, 3966
  • Most penalty minutes, career, including playoffs: Tiger Williams, 4421
  • Most penalty minutes, one season: Dave Schultz, 472 (1974–75)
  • Most penalties, one game: Chris Nilan, 10 (Mar. 31, 1991)
  • Most penalty minutes, one game: Randy Holt, 67 (Mar. 11, 1979)

GOALTENDING

  • Most wins by a goaltender, career: Martin Brodeur, 656
  • Most playoff wins by a goaltender, career: Patrick Roy, 151
  • Most wins by a goaltender, one season: Martin Brodeur, 48 (2006–07)
  • Most wins by a goaltender, expansion team season: Ron Tugnutt, 22 (2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets)
  • Most ties, career: Terry Sawchuk, 172
  • Most shutouts, career: Martin Brodeur, 119
  • Most games appeared in by a goaltender, career: Martin Brodeur, 1191
  • Most consecutive complete games by a goaltender: Glenn Hall, 502 (1955–1962)
  • Most games appeared in by a goaltender, one season: Grant Fuhr, 79 (1995–96)
  • Most minutes played by a goaltender, career: Martin Brodeur, 70,028
  • Most minutes played by a goaltender, one season: Martin Brodeur, 4697 (2006–07)
  • Most shutouts, one season: George Hainsworth, 22 (1928–29)
  • Longest continuous shutout by a goaltender: Alec Connell, 461 minutes, 29 seconds (7 gms, 2 pds) (1927–28)
  • Longest winning streak by a goaltender, one season: Gilles Gilbert, 17 (1975–76)
  • Longest undefeated streak by a goaltender, one season: Gerry Cheevers, 32 games (1971–72)
  • Longest undefeated streak by a goaltender in his first NHL season: Grant Fuhr, 23 games (1981–82)
  • Longest undefeated streak by a goaltender from start of career: Patrick Lalime, 16 games (1996–97)
  • Most 30-or-more win seasons by a goaltender: Martin Brodeur, 14
  • Most consecutive 30-or-more win seasons by a goaltender: Martin Brodeur, 12 (1995–2008)
  • Most consecutive 30-or-more win seasons to start a career: Henrik Lundqvist, 7 (2005–2012)
  • Most consecutive 35-or-more win seasons by a goaltender: Martin Brodeur, 11 (1996–2008)
  • Most 40-or-more win seasons by a goaltender: Martin Brodeur, 8
  • Most consecutive 40-or-more win seasons by a goaltender: Martin Brodeur (2005–2008) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007–10), both with 3
  • Most consecutive wins by a goaltender in his rookie season: Bill Durnan, 10 (1943–44)
  • Most consecutive wins by a goaltender in his first NHL season: George Hainsworth, 11 (1926–27)
  • Most losses by a goaltender, career: Martin Brodeur, 371
  • Most losses by a goaltender, one season: Gary Smith, 48 (1970–71)
  • Most home games played by a goaltender, one season: Roberto Luongo, 41 (2006–07)
  • Most shots faced by a goaltender, in a regular season game: Sam LoPresti, 83 (4 March 1941)
  • Most shots faced by a goaltender, in a season: Roberto Luongo, 2,488 (2005–06)
  • Most shots faced by a goaltender, in a playoff game: Roberto Luongo, 76 (11 April 2007)
  • Most saves by a goaltender, in a regular season game: Sam LoPresti, 80 (4 March 1941)
  • Most saves by a goaltender, in a season: Roberto Luongo, 2,303 (2003–04)
  • Most saves by a goaltender, in a playoff game: Normie Smith, 92 (1936)
  • Most saves by a goaltender, in a playoff run: Tim Thomas, 798 (2011)
  • Most saves by a goaltender, in a Stanley Cup finals series: Tim Thomas, 238 (2011)
  • Highest save percentage, in a regular season: Brian Elliott, .940 (2011–12)
  • Most overtime wins: Roberto Luongo, 49
  • Most shutouts in playoffs, career: Martin Brodeur, 24
  • Youngest goaltender to win 300 regular-season games: Martin Brodeur (age 29 yrs., 7 mos.)
  • Youngest goaltender to win 400 regular-season games: Martin Brodeur (age 31 yrs., 10 mos.)
  • Youngest goaltender to win 500 regular-season games: Martin Brodeur (age 35 yrs., 6 mos.)
  • Youngest goaltender to win 600 regular-season games: Martin Brodeur (age 37 yrs., 11 mos.)
  • Most Vezina Trophies, career: Jacques Plante, 7

SHOOTOUT

  • Most shootout goals in one season: Ilya Kovalchuk (11), New Jersey Devils, 2011–2012
  • Most game-deciding shootout goals in one season: Ilya Kovalchuk (7), New Jersey Devils, 2011–2012

(TEAM)

SEASON RECORDS

  • Most losses: 71, by 1992–93 San Jose Sharks
  • Fewest losses: 8, by 1976–77 Montreal Canadiens
  • Greatest goal differential: +216, by 1976–77 Montreal Canadiens
  • Lowest goal differential: -265, by 1974–75 Washington Capitals
  • Best Power Play Percentage in a season: 31.88%, by 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens
  • Worst Power Play Percentage in a season: 9.35%, by 1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Best Penalty Kill Percentage in a season: 89.58%, by 2011-12 New Jersey Devils
  • Worst Penalty Kill Percentage in a season: 68.24%, by 1982-83 Los Angeles Kings

Notes: The length of the above seasons varies from 70 to 84 games. Ties were only recorded until 2003-04. In 1999–2000 the NHL started to award points to teams that had lost in overtime, leading to a system in which teams could potentially earn 3 points between them in a single game, rather than a fixed number of two previously. After the 2004-05 NHL lockout the league eliminated ties meaning that any game which went to overtime would be a three point game. These changes in points awarded therefore make strict comparisons in wins, losses, and points before and after these dates slightly problematic.

STREAKS

Longest winning streak

Longest winning streak to start the season

Longest undefeated streak to start the season

Longest streak without a regulation loss to start the season

Longest streak without failing to gain a point (at least 1 point from ties, overtime losses or shootout losses)

Longest losing streak

Longest winless streak

Longest undefeated streak to end the season

Longest winning streak to end the season

MISCELLANEOUS


These statistics came from Wikipedia.com and NHL.com

 

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