List of NHL players with 500 goals

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For ice hockey players in the National Hockey League (NHL), scoring 500 regular season goals is considered a highly significant achievement.

As of the completion of the 2013–14 NHL season — the 96th regular season of play of the National Hockey League — a total of 42 players have scored at least 500 regular season goals in their NHL career.

A 500 goal career was first achieved in 1957–58, the 41st season of the NHL, when Maurice Richard scored his 500th goal in his 863rd game played. The most recent player to score 500 goals is Jarome Iginla who achieved it on January 7, 2012.

Season achievements[edit]

The 2006–07 NHL season saw the largest number of players (five) achieve their 500th goal. A total of four players scored their 500th goal in the 1995–96 season.

Starting with Maurice Richard's achievement in the 1957–58 NHL season, the greatest stretch between 500 goal scorers was the eight seasons between Gordie Howe in the 1961–62 season and Bobby Hull in the 1969–70 season.

Player achievements[edit]

The 42 players to score 500 goals consist of 32 Canadians, five Americans (Brett Hull, Joe Mullen, Mike Modano, Jeremy Roenick, and Keith Tkachuk), two Finns (Jari Kurri and Teemu Selanne), one Czech (Jaromir Jagr), one Swede (Mats Sundin), and one Slovak (Peter Bondra). Jari Kurri has the honour of being the first non-Canadian to score 500 goals. Of note, Stan Mikita was born in Sokolče, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), and was the first not born in Canada; however he immigrated when he was young and represented Canada internationally.

The fewest number of NHL games required to reach the mark was 575, set by Wayne Gretzky. Second quickest was Mario Lemieux, achieving the mark in his 605th game.

Of the 42 players to score at least 500 goals in their career, 17 reached the mark in fewer than 1000 career games played.

Of those on the list, Lanny McDonald came closest to 'not' achieving 500 goals—reaching the mark with only four games remaining in his final NHL season. Similarly, Joe Mullen scored his 500th goal with only ten games remaining in his final season.

Four players have scored their 500th goal on an empty net: Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Jari Kurri and Keith Tkachuk.

Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy is the only net minder to concede more than one opponent's 500th career goal: Steve Yzerman in 1996, Joe Mullen in 1997 and Brendan Shanahan in 2002. A contributing factor for this statistical coincidence is Roy's record for the second-most games played by a goaltender, at 1,029.

In 2006, on Hockey Night in Canada, Mats Sundin scored his 500th goal short handed, in overtime, to finish off a hat trick and to win the game for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Team achievements[edit]

A total of 20 different franchises have had a player score their 500th goal while playing for the franchise.

The Detroit Red Wings have had five different players score their 500th goal while playing for the team. The Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens both had four players achieve the mark while with the team.

To date, no team has had the coincidence of multiple players reaching 500 goals on the same team in the same season. The 2001–02 Detroit Red Wings were the first team to have three 500+ goal scorers on the roster (Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille), and would finish the season with four players in the exclusive club after Brendan Shanahan joined them at the 500-goal plateau. Yzerman, Hull, Robitaille and Shanahan are four of only thirteen players with 650 or more goals in NHL history.

500-goal scorers[edit]

Legend
Rank - Ranking on all-time goals list
Goals – Career regular season goals
With team – Team for which the player scored their 500th goal
Game no. – Number of career regular season games played when 500th goal was scored
GP – Career regular season games played
HHOF – Year of induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame or eligibility
  Active NHL player is highlighted

(Updated as of the end of the 2013–14 regular season. Please do not update statistics mid-season.)

Rank Player Goals[1] Date of 500th goal[1] With team[1] Game no.[1] Opposing goaltender[1] GP[1] HHOF Ref.
1 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky 894 November 22, 1986 Edmonton Oilers 575 (empty Canucks net) 1487 1999 [2]
2 Howe, GordieGordie Howe 801 March 14, 1962 Detroit Red Wings 1045 Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 1767 1972 [3]
3 Hull, BrettBrett Hull 741 December 22, 1996 St. Louis Blues 693 Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 1269 2009 [4]
4 Dionne, MarcelMarcel Dionne 731 December 14, 1982 Los Angeles Kings 887 Jensen, AlAl Jensen 1348 1992 [5]
5 Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito 717 December 22, 1974 Boston Bruins 803 Liut, MikeMike Liut 1432 2001 [6]
6 Gartner, MikeMike Gartner 708 October 14, 1991 New York Rangers 936 Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford 1282 1984 [7]
7 Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr 705 February 4, 2003 Washington Capitals 928 Grahame, JohnJohn Grahame 1473 Active [8]
8 Messier, MarkMark Messier 694 November 6, 1995 New York Rangers 1141 Tabaracci, RickRick Tabaracci 1756 2007 [9]
9 Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman 692 January 17, 1996 Detroit Red Wings 906 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 1514 2009 [10]
10 Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux 690 October 26, 1995 Pittsburgh Penguins 605 Soderstrom, TommyTommy Soderstrom 915 1997 [11]
11 Selanne, TeemuTeemu Selanne 684 November 26, 2006 Anaheim Ducks 982 Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 1451 Eligible 2017 [12]
12 Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille 668 January 7, 1999 Los Angeles Kings 928 Roloson, DwayneDwayne Roloson 1431 2009 [13]
13 Shanahan, BrendanBrendan Shanahan 656 March 23, 2002 Detroit Red Wings 1100 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 1524 2013 [14]
14 Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk 640 March 15, 1997 New Jersey Devils 1070 Ranford, BillBill Ranford 1639 Eligible 2009 [15]
15 Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic 625 December 11, 2002 Colorado Avalanche 1044 Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier 1378 2012 [16]
16 Hull, BobbyBobby Hull 610 February 21, 1970 Chicago Black Hawks 861 Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 1063 1983 [17]
17 Ciccarelli, DinoDino Ciccarelli 608 January 8, 1994 Detroit Red Wings 946 Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey 1232 2010 [18]
18 Kurri, JariJari Kurri 601 October 17, 1992 Los Angeles Kings 833 (empty Bruins net) 1251 2001 [19]
19 Recchi, MarkMark Recchi 577 January 26, 2007 Pittsburgh Penguins 1303 Turco, MartyMarty Turco 1571 Eligible 2014 [20]
20 Bossy, MikeMike Bossy 573 January 2, 1986 New York Islanders 647 (empty Bruins net) 752 1991 [21]
21 Sundin, MatsMats Sundin 564 October 14, 2006 Toronto Maple Leafs 1162 Kiprusoff, MiikkaMiikka Kiprusoff 1346 2012 [22]
22 Nieuwendyk, JoeJoe Nieuwendyk 564 January 17, 2003 New Jersey Devils 1094 Weekes, KevinKevin Weekes 1257 2011 [23]
23 Modano, MikeMike Modano 561 March 13, 2007 Dallas Stars 1225 Niittymaki, AnteroAntero Niittymaki 1459 2014 [24]
24 Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur 560 December 20, 1983 Montreal Canadiens 896 Resch, GlennGlenn Resch 1126 1988 [25]
25 Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla 560 January 7, 2012 Calgary Flames 1149 Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom 1310 Active [26]
26 Bucyk, JohnnyJohnny Bucyk 556 October 30, 1975 Boston Bruins 1370 Belanger, YvesYves Belanger 1540 1981 [27]
27 Francis, RonRon Francis 549 January 2, 2002 Carolina Hurricanes 1533 Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe 1731 2007 [28]
28 Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet 548 February 16, 1992 Chicago Blackhawks 951 Reese, JeffJeff Reese 1089 1998 [29]
29 Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard 544 October 19, 1957 Montreal Canadiens 863 Hall, GlennGlenn Hall 978 1961 [30]
30 Mikita, StanStan Mikita 541 February 27, 1977 Chicago Black Hawks 1221 Maniago, CesareCesare Maniago 1394 1983 [31]
31 Tkachuk, KeithKeith Tkachuk 538 April 6, 2008 St. Louis Blues 1055 (empty Blue Jackets net) 1201 Eligible 2013 [32]
32 Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich 533 March 21, 1973 Montreal Canadiens 1105 Wilson, DuncDunc Wilson 1181 1981 [33]
33 Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier 524 February 13, 1990 New York Islanders 1104 Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley 1279 1997 [34]
34 Verbeek, PatPat Verbeek 522 March 22, 2000 Detroit Red Wings 1285 Brathwaite, FredFred Brathwaite 1424 Eligible 2005 [35]
35 Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk 518 January 31, 1996 St. Louis Blues 1103 Potvin, FelixFelix Potvin 1188 2001 [36]
36 Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon 515 November 8, 2005 Colorado Avalanche 1229 Toskala, VesaVesa Toskala 1294 Eligible 2010 [37]
37 Roenick, JeremyJeremy Roenick 513 November 10, 2007 San Jose Sharks 1267 Auld, AlexAlex Auld 1363 Eligible 2012 [38]
38 Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault 512 March 9, 1986 Buffalo Sabres 1159 Chevrier, AlainAlain Chevrier 1191 1990 [39]
39 Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau 507 February 11, 1971 Montreal Canadiens 1101 Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 1125 1972 [40]
40 Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra 503 December 22, 2006 Chicago Blackhawks 1050 Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 1081 Eligible 2010 [41]
41 Mullen, JoeJoe Mullen 502 March 14, 1997 Pittsburgh Penguins 1052 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 1062 2000 [42]
42 McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald 500 March 21, 1989 Calgary Flames 1107 Fitzpatrick, MarkMark Fitzpatrick 1111 1992 [43]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ a b c d e f Diamond 2014, p. 204
  2. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 72
  3. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 140
  4. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 144
  5. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 64
  6. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 134
  7. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 66
  8. ^ "Jaromir Jagr stats". National Hockey League. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 90
  10. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 116
  11. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 85
  12. ^ "Teemu Selanne biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  13. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 44
  14. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 47
  15. ^ "Dave Andreychuk biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  16. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 102
  17. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 28
  18. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 130
  19. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 146
  20. ^ "Mark Recchi biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  21. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 126
  22. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 111
  23. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 94
  24. ^ "Induction showcase – Mike Modano". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  25. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 148
  26. ^ "Jarome Iginla stats". National Hockey League. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  27. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 16
  28. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 69
  29. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 26
  30. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 156
  31. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 91
  32. ^ "Keith Tkachuk biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  33. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 38
  34. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 112
  35. ^ "Pat Verbeek biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  36. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 76
  37. ^ "Pierre Turgeon biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  38. ^ "Jeremy Roenick biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  39. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 97
  40. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 58
  41. ^ "Peter Bondra biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  42. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 152
  43. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 150
General
  • Cameron, Steve, ed. (2013), Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players, Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books, ISBN 978-1-77085-224-2 
  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2014). National Hockey League Guide and Record Book 2015. Triumph Books. p. 204. ISBN 978-1-62937-011-8.