List of NHL players with 500 goals
As of January 10, 2016 — during the 98th regular season of play of the National Hockey League — a total of 43 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 Alexander Ovechkin who achieved it on January 10, 2016.
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.
The 43 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), one Slovak (Peter Bondra), and one Russian (Alexander Ovechkin). 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.
Of the 43 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.
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.
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.
- 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 2014–15 regular season. Please do not update statistics mid-season.)
|Rank||Player||Goals||Date of 500th goal||With team||Game no.||Opposing goaltender||GP||HHOF||Ref.|
|1||Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky||894||November 22, 1986||Edmonton Oilers||575||(empty Canucks net)||1487||1999|||
|2||Howe, GordieGordie Howe||801||March 14, 1962||Detroit Red Wings||1045||Worsley, GumpGump Worsley||1767||1972|||
|3||Hull, BrettBrett Hull||741||December 22, 1996||St. Louis Blues||693||Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset||1269||2009|||
|4||Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr||738||February 4, 2003||Washington Capitals||928||Grahame, JohnJohn Grahame||1581||Active|||
|5||Dionne, MarcelMarcel Dionne||731||December 14, 1982||Los Angeles Kings||887||Jensen, AlAl Jensen||1348||1992|||
|6||Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito||717||December 22, 1974||Boston Bruins||803||Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford||1282||1984|||
|7||Gartner, MikeMike Gartner||708||October 14, 1991||New York Rangers||936||Liut, MikeMike Liut||1432||2001|||
|8||Messier, MarkMark Messier||694||November 6, 1995||New York Rangers||1141||Tabaracci, RickRick Tabaracci||1756||2007|||
|9||Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman||692||January 17, 1996||Detroit Red Wings||906||Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy||1514||2009|||
|10||Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux||690||October 26, 1995||Pittsburgh Penguins||605||Soderstrom, TommyTommy Soderstrom||915||1997|||
|11||Selanne, TeemuTeemu Selanne||684||November 22, 2006||Anaheim Ducks||982||Theodore, JoseJose Theodore||1451||Eligible 2017|||
|12||Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille||668||January 7, 1999||Los Angeles Kings||928||Roloson, DwayneDwayne Roloson||1431||2009|||
|13||Shanahan, BrendanBrendan Shanahan||656||March 23, 2002||Detroit Red Wings||1100||Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy||1524||2013|||
|14||Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk||640||March 15, 1997||New Jersey Devils||1070||Ranford, BillBill Ranford||1639||—|||
|15||Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic||625||December 11, 2002||Colorado Avalanche||1044||Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier||1378||2012|||
|16||Hull, BobbyBobby Hull||610||February 21, 1970||Chicago Blackhawks||861||Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin||1063||1983|||
|17||Ciccarelli, DinoDino Ciccarelli||608||January 8, 1994||Detroit Red Wings||946||Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey||1232||2010|||
|18||Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla||602||January 7, 2012||Calgary Flames||1149||Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom||1392||Active|||
|19||Kurri, JariJari Kurri||601||October 17, 1992||Los Angeles Kings||833||(empty Bruins net)||1251||2001|||
|20||Recchi, MarkMark Recchi||577||January 26, 2007||Pittsburgh Penguins||1303||Turco, MartyMarty Turco||1652||—|||
|21||Bossy, MikeMike Bossy||573||January 2, 1986||New York Islanders||647||(empty Bruins net)||752||1991|||
|22||Sundin, MatsMats Sundin||564||October 14, 2006||Toronto Maple Leafs||1162||Kiprusoff, MiikkaMiikka Kiprusoff||1346||2012|||
|23||Nieuwendyk, JoeJoe Nieuwendyk||564||January 17, 2003||New Jersey Devils||1094||Weekes, KevinKevin Weekes||1257||2011|||
|24||Modano, MikeMike Modano||561||March 13, 2007||Dallas Stars||1225||Niittymaki, AnteroAntero Niittymaki||1499||2014|||
|25||Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur||560||December 20, 1983||Montreal Canadiens||918||Resch, GlennGlenn Resch||1126||1988|||
|26||Bucyk, JohnnyJohnny Bucyk||556||October 30, 1975||Boston Bruins||1370||Belanger, YvesYves Belanger||1540||1981|||
|27||Francis, RonRon Francis||549||January 2, 2002||Carolina Hurricanes||1533||Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe||1731||2007|||
|28||Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet||548||February 16, 1992||Chicago Blackhawks||951||Reese, JeffJeff Reese||1089||1998|||
|29||Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard||544||October 19, 1957||Montreal Canadiens||863||Hall, GlennGlenn Hall||978||1961|||
|30||Mikita, StanStan Mikita||541||February 27, 1977||Chicago Blackhawks||1221||Maniago, CesareCesare Maniago||1394||1983|||
|31||Tkachuk, KeithKeith Tkachuk||538||April 6, 2008||St. Louis Blues||1055||(empty Blue Jackets net)||1201||—|||
|32||Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich||533||March 21, 1973||Montreal Canadiens||1105||Wilson, DuncDunc Wilson||1181||1981|||
|33||Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier||524||February 13, 1990||New York Islanders||1104||Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley||1279||1997|||
|34||Verbeek, PatPat Verbeek||522||March 22, 2000||Detroit Red Wings||1285||Brathwaite, FredFred Brathwaite||1424||—|||
|35||Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk||518||January 31, 1996||St. Louis Blues||1103||Potvin, FelixFelix Potvin||1188||2001|||
|36||Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon||515||November 8, 2005||Colorado Avalanche||1229||Toskala, VesaVesa Toskala||1294||—|||
|37||Roenick, JeremyJeremy Roenick||513||November 10, 2007||San Jose Sharks||1267||Auld, AlexAlex Auld||1363||—|||
|38||Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault||512||March 9, 1986||Buffalo Sabres||1159||Chevrier, AlainAlain Chevrier||1191||1990|||
|39||Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau||507||February 11, 1971||Montreal Canadiens||1101||Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert||1125||1972|||
|40||Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin||506||January 10, 2016||Washington Capitals||801||Hammond, AndrewAndrew Hammond||801||Active|||
|41||Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra||503||December 22, 2006||Chicago Blackhawks||1050||Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin||1081||—|||
|42||Mullen, JoeJoe Mullen||502||March 14, 1997||Pittsburgh Penguins||1052||Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy||1062||2000|||
|43||McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald||500||March 21, 1989||Calgary Flames||1107||Fitzpatrick, MarkMark Fitzpatrick||1111||1992|||
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