Players with 1,000 NHL assists
As of completion of the 2021–22 season, 13 players have recorded 1,000 assists while playing in the NHL.
Jagr is also the only non-Canadian player with 1,000 career assists.
(at time of 1,000th assist)
|Final NHL season||HHOF||GP||G||A||Pts|
|Wayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||1998–99||1999||1,487||894||1,963||2,857|
|Ron Francis||Pittsburgh Penguins||2003–04||2007||1,731||549||1,249||1,798|
|Mark Messier||Vancouver Canucks||2003–04||2007||1,756||694||1,193||1,887|
|Ray Bourque||Boston Bruins||2000–01||2004||1,612||410||1,169||1,579|
|Jaromir Jagr||Dallas Stars||2017–18||still active (ELH)||1,733||766||1,155||1,921|
|Paul Coffey||Detroit Red Wings||2000–01||2004||1,409||396||1,135||1,531|
|Joe Thornton||San Jose Sharks||free agent[a]||eligible in 2025||1,714||430||1,109||1,539|
|Adam Oates||Washington Capitals||2003–04||2012||1,337||341||1,079||1,420|
|Steve Yzerman||Detroit Red Wings||2005–06||2009||1,514||692||1,063||1,755|
|Gordie Howe||Detroit Red Wings||1979–80||1972[b]||1,767||801||1,049||1,850|
|Marcel Dionne||New York Rangers||1988–89||1992||1,348||731||1,040||1,771|
|Mario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||2005–06||1997[c]||915||690||1,033||1,723|
|Joe Sakic||Colorado Avalanche||2008–09||2012||1,378||625||1,016||1,641|
- As of the 2022–23 season, Joe Thornton is an unsigned free agent still looking to play with an NHL team. He last played in the NHL in 2021–22.
- Gordie Howe initially retired from hockey at the end of the 1970–71 season and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972. He returned to playing professional hockey, in the World Hockey Association, in 1973–74, where he played until returning to the NHL for the 1979–80 season.
- Mario Lemieux initially retired from hockey at the end of the 1996–97 season and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. He returned as an NHL owner in 1999, then returned to playing in the NHL in the 2000–01 season.
Retired players within 100 assists
These are players who are now retired that came within 100 assists of reaching 1,000 for their career. They are listed with the NHL team for which they played the most games.
|Player||Team||Final NHL season||HHOF||GP||G||A||Pts|
|Doug Gilmour||Toronto Maple Leafs||2002–03||2011||1,474||450||964||1,414|
|Mark Recchi||Philadelphia Flyers||2010–11||2017||1,652||577||956||1,533|
|Al MacInnis||Calgary Flames||2003–04||2007||1,416||340||934||1,274|
|Larry Murphy||Washington Capitals||2000–01||2004||1,615||287||929||1,216|
|Stan Mikita||Chicago Black Hawks||1979–80||1983||1,394||541||926||1,467|
|Bryan Trottier||New York Islanders||1993–94||1997||1,279||524||901||1,425|
- "NHL & WHA Career Leaders and Records for Assists". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-09-20.