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 2018–19 NHL season — the 101st regular season of play of the National Hockey League — a total of 45 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 Patrick Marleau who achieved it on February 2, 2017.

Season achievements[edit]

The 2006–07 NHL season saw the largest number of players (five) achieve their 500th goal (Teemu Selanne, Mike Modano, Mark Recchi, Mats Sundin, and Peter Bondra). A total of four players scored their 500th goal in the 1995–96 season (Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Mark Messier, and Dale Hawerchuk).

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 45 players to score 500 goals consist of 33 Canadians, five Americans (Brett Hull, Joe Mullen, Mike Modano, Jeremy Roenick, and Keith Tkachuk), two Finns (Jari Kurri and Teemu Selanne), two Slovaks (Peter Bondra and Marian Hossa), one Czech (Jaromir Jagr), one Swede (Mats Sundin), and one Russian (Alexander Ovechkin). Jari Kurri has the honor 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, Mikita immigrated when he was young and represented Canada internationally.

The fewest NHL games required to reach the mark is 575, set by Wayne Gretzky. Second-quickest is Mario Lemieux, achieving the mark in his 605th game. With Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693) following, only these four players needed less than 800 games to score their first 500 goals.

Of the 45 players to score at least 500 goals in their career, 18 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: Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Keith Tkachuk.

Patrick Roy is the only goaltender 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 playing the second-most games ever 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 and Chicago Blackhawks have both had five different players score their 500th goal while playing for 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.

500-goal scorers[edit]

Updated as of January 17, 2020.

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
Rank Country Player Goals[1] GP[1] Date of 500th goal[1] With team[1] Game no.[1] Opposing goaltender[1] HHOF Ref.
1 Canada Wayne Gretzky 894 1487 November 22, 1986 Edmonton Oilers 575 (empty Canucks net) 1999 [2]
2 Canada Gordie Howe 801 1767 March 14, 1962 Detroit Red Wings 1045 Gump Worsley 1972 [3]
3 Czech Republic Jaromir Jagr 766 1733 February 4, 2003 Washington Capitals 928 John Grahame Not eligible yet [4]
4 CanadaUnited States Brett Hull 741 1269 December 22, 1996 St. Louis Blues 693 Stephane Fiset 2009 [5]
5 Canada Marcel Dionne 731 1348 December 14, 1982 Los Angeles Kings 887 Al Jensen 1992 [6]
6 Canada Phil Esposito 717 1282 December 22, 1974 Boston Bruins 803 Jim Rutherford 1984 [7]
7 Canada Mike Gartner 708 1432 October 14, 1991 New York Rangers 936 Mike Liut 2001 [8]
8 Russia Alexander Ovechkin 698 1137 January 10, 2016 Washington Capitals 801 Andrew Hammond Active [9]
9 Canada Mark Messier 694 1756 November 6, 1995 New York Rangers 1141 Rick Tabaracci 2007 [10]
10 Canada Steve Yzerman 692 1514 January 17, 1996 Detroit Red Wings 906 Patrick Roy 2009 [11]
11 Canada Mario Lemieux 690 915 October 26, 1995 Pittsburgh Penguins 605 Tommy Soderstrom 1997 [12]
12 Finland Teemu Selanne 684 1451 November 22, 2006 Anaheim Ducks 982 Jose Theodore 2017 [13]
13 Canada Luc Robitaille 668 1431 January 7, 1999 Los Angeles Kings 928 Dwayne Roloson 2009 [14]
14 Canada Brendan Shanahan 656 1524 March 23, 2002 Detroit Red Wings 1100 Patrick Roy 2013 [14]
15 Canada Dave Andreychuk 640 1639 March 15, 1997 New Jersey Devils 1070 Bill Ranford 2017 [15]
16 (tie) Canada Joe Sakic 625 1378 December 11, 2002 Colorado Avalanche 1044 Dan Cloutier 2012 [16]
16 (tie) Canada Jarome Iginla 625 1554 January 7, 2012 Calgary Flames 1149 Niklas Backstrom Not eligible yet [17]
18 Canada Bobby Hull 610 1063 February 21, 1970 Chicago Blackhawks 861 Ed Giacomin 1983 [18]
19 Canada Dino Ciccarelli 608 1232 January 8, 1994 Detroit Red Wings 946 Kelly Hrudey 2010 [19]
20 Finland Jari Kurri 601 1251 October 17, 1992 Los Angeles Kings 833 (empty Bruins net) 2001 [20]
21 Canada Mark Recchi 577 1652 January 26, 2007 Pittsburgh Penguins 1303 Marty Turco 2017 [21]
22 Canada Mike Bossy 573 752 January 2, 1986 New York Islanders 647 (empty Bruins net) 1991 [22]
23 (tie) Sweden Mats Sundin 564 1346 October 14, 2006 Toronto Maple Leafs 1162 Miikka Kiprusoff 2012 [23]
23 (tie) Canada Joe Nieuwendyk 564 1257 January 17, 2003 New Jersey Devils 1094 Kevin Weekes 2011 [24]
25 (tie) United States Mike Modano 561 1499 March 13, 2007 Dallas Stars 1225 Antero Niittymaki 2014 [25]
25 (tie) Canada Patrick Marleau 561 1709 February 2, 2017 San Jose Sharks 1463 Ryan Miller Active [26]
27 Canada Guy Lafleur 560 1126 December 20, 1983 Montreal Canadiens 918 Glenn Resch 1988 [27]
28 Canada Johnny Bucyk 556 1540 October 30, 1975 Boston Bruins 1370 Yves Belanger 1981 [28]
29 Canada Ron Francis 549 1731 January 2, 2002 Carolina Hurricanes 1533 Byron Dafoe 2007 [29]
30 Canada Michel Goulet 548 1089 February 16, 1992 Chicago Blackhawks 951 Jeff Reese 1998 [30]
31 Canada Maurice Richard 544 978 October 19, 1957 Montreal Canadiens 863 Glenn Hall 1961 [31]
32 Canada Stan Mikita 541 1394 February 27, 1977 Chicago Blackhawks 1221 Cesare Maniago 1983 [32]
33 United States Keith Tkachuk 538 1201 April 6, 2008 St. Louis Blues 1055 (empty Blue Jackets net) Eligible [33]
34 Canada Frank Mahovlich 533 1181 March 21, 1973 Montreal Canadiens 1105 Dunc Wilson 1981 [34]
35 Slovakia Marian Hossa 525 1309 October 18, 2016 Chicago Blackhawks 1240 Michal Neuvirth Not Active [35]
36 CanadaUnited States Bryan Trottier 524 1279 February 13, 1990 New York Islanders 1104 Rick Wamsley 1997 [36]
37 Canada Pat Verbeek 522 1424 March 22, 2000 Detroit Red Wings 1285 Fred Brathwaite Eligible [37]
38 Canada Dale Hawerchuk 518 1188 January 31, 1996 St. Louis Blues 1103 Felix Potvin 2001 [38]
39 Canada Pierre Turgeon 515 1294 November 8, 2005 Colorado Avalanche 1229 Vesa Toskala Eligible [39]
40 United States Jeremy Roenick 513 1363 November 10, 2007 San Jose Sharks 1267 Alex Auld Eligible [40]
41 Canada Gilbert Perreault 512 1191 March 9, 1986 Buffalo Sabres 1159 Alain Chevrier 1990 [41]
42 Canada Jean Beliveau 507 1125 February 11, 1971 Montreal Canadiens 1101 Gilles Gilbert 1972 [42]
43 Slovakia Peter Bondra 503 1081 December 22, 2006 Chicago Blackhawks 1050 Jean-Sebastien Aubin Eligible [43]
44 United States Joe Mullen 502 1062 March 14, 1997 Pittsburgh Penguins 1052 Patrick Roy 2000 [44]
45 Canada Lanny McDonald 500 1111 March 21, 1989 Calgary Flames 1107 Mark Fitzpatrick 1992 [35]

Evolution of the Record for the fewest number of games needed to reach the 500 goals milestone...[edit]

1957 October 19 — 863 games — Maurice Richard
1970 February 21 — 861 games — Bobby Hull
1974 December 22 — 803 games — Phil Esposito
1986 January 2 — 647 games — Mike Bossy
1986 November 22 — 575 games — Wayne Gretzky

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. ^ "Jaromir Jagr stats". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  5. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 144
  6. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 64
  7. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 66
  8. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 134
  9. ^ "Alex Ovechkin stats". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  10. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 90
  11. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 116
  12. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 85
  13. ^ "Teemu Selanne biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  14. ^ a b Cameron 2013, p. 44
  15. ^ "Dave Andreychuk biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  16. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 102
  17. ^ "Jarome Iginla stats". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  18. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 28
  19. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 130
  20. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 146
  21. ^ "Mark Recchi biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  22. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 126
  23. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 111
  24. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 94
  25. ^ "Induction showcase – Mike Modano". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  26. ^ "Patrick Marleau stats". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  27. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 148
  28. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 16
  29. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 69
  30. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 26
  31. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 156
  32. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 91
  33. ^ "Keith Tkachuk biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  34. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 38
  35. ^ a b Cameron 2013, p. 150
  36. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 112
  37. ^ "Pat Verbeek biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  38. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 76
  39. ^ "Pierre Turgeon biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  40. ^ "Jeremy Roenick biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  41. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 97
  42. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 58
  43. ^ "Peter Bondra biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  44. ^ Cameron 2013, p. 152
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.