NHL records not at risk

Records are meant to be broken. At least, that’s what they’re telling us. But hockey has changed and some records seem to be pretty safe, if not unattainable. Let’s take a look at some of the feats from the past which, at first glance, don’t seem to be in any danger.

Most career goals

Wayne Gretzky holds this record with his 894 goals. Of all active players, Jaromir Jagr sits 12th all-time with 646. Teemu Selanne, who has yet to announce his decision to play or retire, is next amongst active players with 637 goals. Jarome Iginla follows with 484 goals, good for 3rd amongst active players and good enough for 46th overall. Considering that teams don’t score as much as they used to, let’s just say that this record should hold for quite some time.

Most career assists

No surprise here, Gretzky also holds that record. His 1963 assists put him 714 ahead of Ron Francis in second place! The three active players the closest are Nicklas Lidstrom with 855 (23rd), Teemu Selanne with 703 (48th) and Joe Thornton with 695 (54th).

Most career points

Of course, Wayne Gretzky leads and by an incredible margin, 970 points ahead of his good friend Mark Messier! To put that number into perspective, only 82 players all-time have more than 970 points in their entire career! The three closest active players chasing Gretzky are Jaromir Jagr in 9th place with 1599 points, Teemu Selanne at 27th with 1340 points and Nicklas Lidstrom at 54th with 1108 points. This is a record that may never be broken.

Most career penalty minutes

Dave “Tiger” Williams proudly holds that record with 3966 penalty minutes, followed by Dale Hunter (3563) and Tie Domi (3515). Of the active players, we find Brian McCabe 82nd all-time with 1732 penalty minutes, followed by Chris Neil at 92nd (1683). Can we say that Tiger can rest at ease for a long time?

There are of course many other records, a majority held by Gretzky, which will likely not be broken anytime soon but we can’t name them all.

While doing this little bit of research, I couldn’t help but notice however that the offensive records seem to be directly proportional to the penalty minutes. Yes, we can say that there were more goals scored on the power play, but it was also the case at even strength. This raises the question to know if in fact, superstars of yesterday were better protected by teammates, therefore allowing them to better express their immense offensive talent and creativity…

En français: Des records qui tiendront encore longtemps

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