In this blog post, we’ll take a look at who has the most goals in NHL history. We’ll also discuss some of the other great players who are close to the top of the list.
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Wayne Gretzky – The Great One
Wayne Gretzky is considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of hockey. He holds almost every major scoring record, including most goals in a season (92) and most career goals (894). He is also the only player to score over 200 points in a season, a feat he accomplished four times.
Gordie Howe – Mr. Hockey
Gordie Howe – Mr. Hockey – is widely considered to be the best hockey player of all time. He played in the NHL for 26 seasons, and his career spanned an incredible 32 years! He holds the record for most goals scored in a career, with an astounding 801 goals. He is also the only player in history to have scored over 800 goals.
Jaromir Jagr – The Czechoslovakian Sensation
Jaromir Jagr, who was born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia, is a former professional hockey player who is currently playing for HC Kladno in the Czech 1st League. He has previously played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League (NHL). In 2008, he won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is currently second in NHL history for most goals scored (766), behind only Wayne Gretzky (894). He is also third in NHL history for most points scored (1,921), behind only Gretzky (2,857) and Mark Messier (1,887).
Brett Hull – The Golden Brett
Brett Hull is a legend in the NHL. He is one of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of the sport, and he did it in style. He was nicknamed “The Golden Brett” because of his incredible scoring ability, and he lived up to that nickname throughout his career.
Brett Hull played for several teams during his NHL career, but he is most well-known for his time with the St. Louis Blues. During his time with the Blues, Hull scored an incredible 86 goals in just 79 games. This goal-scoring record still stands today, and it is unlikely that it will ever be broken.
Brett Hull retired from the NHL in 2005, and his jersey was immediately retired by the St. Louis Blues. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, and his legend continues to grow to this day. There is no doubt that Brett Hull is one of the greatest goal scorers in NHL history, and he will always be remembered as such.
Mike Gartner – The Speedster
Mike Gartner is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played for several teams throughout his career but is most well-known for his time with the Washington Capitals. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
Gartner was an extremely fast skater and was nicknamed “The Speedster”. He was able to utilize his speed to great effect and was one of the best goal scorers of his generation. In fact, he is still 6th all-time in goals scored in the NHL with 708.
Marcel Dionne – The Little Beaver
Marcel Dionne is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers. Marcel Dionne was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.
On January 23, 2007, in a ceremony during the All-Star break, Dionne’s jersey number 16 was retired by the Los Angeles Kings. Dionne is one of only eight players (Guy Lafleur, Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Bob Gainey, Doug Gilmour and Ray Bourque being the others) to have his jersey number retired by more than one team.
In 1998, Dionne was ranked number 25 on The Hockey News’ list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. He is also one of only three players (Gordie Howe and Jean Beliveau being the others) to score 1,000 career points with two different teams.
Phil Esposito – The Big E
Born in Sudbury, Ontario, on February 20, 1942, Phil Esposito was one of the NHL’s first true superstars. He began his career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1963, and was traded to the Boston Bruins in 1967. It was there that he truly made his mark on the NHL, setting numerous scoring records and winning two Stanley Cups.
In his first season with the Bruins, Esposito scored an incredible 49 goals and 76 points, winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. He would go on to score 50 or more goals in six straight seasons, a record that still stands today. His best season came in 1970-71 when he scored 76 goals and 152 points, winning the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer. He also won the Hart Trophy as league MVP that season.
Esposito continued to dominate the NHL throughout the 1970s, reaching the 50-goal mark eight times and topping 100 points nine times. In 1974-75 he set an NHL record by scoring 76 goals in a single season. He retired after 20 seasons in the NHL with 717 goals and 1590 points, both of which are still among the League’s all-time leaders. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984.
Steve Yzerman – The Captain
Steve Yzerman is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played his entire 22-year NHL playing career with the Detroit Red Wings and is one of the longest-serving captains in league history. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. As team captain, he led Detroit to three Stanley Cup championships (1997, 1998, 2002). Yzerman won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP twice (1998, 2002) and is a three-time winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy for outstanding defensive play at the forward position.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 and named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in 2017. Yzerman has represented Canada internationally on numerous occasions beginning with the 1984 World Junior Championships. As a member of Team Canada, he won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics, two World Championship gold medals (in 1986 and 1989), and Canada Cup championships in 1987 and 1991.
Mario Lemieux – The Magnificent One
Mario Lemieux is widely regarded as one of the best players in NHL history. He led the Pittsburgh Penguins to two Stanley Cup titles and is the only player in history to have his name on the Cup as both a player and an owner. He is the Penguins’ all-time leading scorer and is one of only three players to score more than 1,700 points in their career.
Lemieux’s greatest individual season came in 1988-89, when he scored 85 goals and 199 points, becoming only the second player in history to score more than 190 points in a season. He also led the league in scoring for six straight seasons from 1988-89 to 1993-94. In 1992-93, he became only the second player in history to record 100 points in a season while scoring 50 goals or fewer.
Lemieux’s incredible career was cut short by injuries, but he still ranks seventh all-time in goals scored and sixth all-time in points per game. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997 and his number 66 was retired by the Penguins in 1997.
Teemu Selanne – The Finnish Flash
Teemu Selanne – The Finnish Flash is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey winger who is currently the NHL’s all-time leader in goals scored by a right winger, and fourth overall with 1,457 points. He played in the NHL for parts of 21 seasons, scoring 684 goals and 1,457 points in 1,451 games.