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NHL Individual Scoring
Records History
 
Six individual scoring records stand as benchmarks in the history of the game: most goals, single season and career; most assists, single season and career; and most points, single season and career. The evolution of these six records is traced here, beginning with 1917-18, the NHL's first season.
 
MOST GOALS, ONE SEASON:
44 - Joe Malone, Montreal, 1917-18. Malone led the NHL with 44 goals during the League’s inaugural season. He scored his final three goals of the campaign on Feb. 20, 1918, against the Toronto Arenas’ Hap Holmes.
50 - Maurice Richard, Montreal, 1944-45. Richard surpassed Malone’s single-season record with his 45th goal on Feb. 25, 1945, against the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Frank McCool. He became the first player to score 50 goals in one season when he did so in the 50th and final game of the campaign, on March 18, 1945, against the Boston Bruins’ Paul Bibeault.
50 - Bernie Geoffrion, Montreal, 1960-61. Geoffrion matched Richard’s record with his 50th goal on March 16, 1961, against the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Cesare Maniago.
50 - Bobby Hull, Chicago, 1961-62. Hull also tied Richard’s 50-goal mark, reaching the milestone in his last game of the season – on March 26, 1962, versus the New York Rangers’ Gump Worsley.
54 - Bobby Hull, Chicago, 1965-66. Hull became the first player to surpass 50 goals in one season when he scored his 51st on March 12, 1966, against the New York Rangers’ Cesare Maniago. He registered his 54th and final goal of the campaign on April 2, 1966, against the Montréal Canadiens’ Gump Worsley.
58 - Bobby Hull, Chicago, 1968-69. Hull broke his own record when he potted his 55th goal on March 20, 1969, against the Boston Bruins’ Gerry Cheevers. He finished the season with 58 goals, including his last on March 30, 1969, against the Detroit Red Wings’ Roy Edwards.
76 - Phil Esposito, Boston, 1970-71. Esposito shattered Hull’s record, scoring his 59th goal on March 11, 1971, against the Los Angeles Kings’ Denis DeJordy. He added 17 more, ending the campaign with 76. His last came on April 4, 1971, against the Montréal Canadiens’ Phil Myre.
92 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, 1981-82. Gretzky claimed the record with his 77th goal – and later added two more – on Feb. 24, 1982, against the Buffalo Sabres’ Don Edwards. He finished the season with 92, including his last on March 28, 1982, against the Los Angeles Kings’ Mike Blake.

MOST ASSISTS, ONE SEASON:
10 - Cy Denneny, Ottawa Senators; Harry Cameron, Corb Denneny and Reg Noble, Toronto Arenas; 1917-18. All four players recorded a League-high 10 assists during the NHL’s inaugural season.
16 - Frank Nighbor, Ottawa Senators, 1919-20. Corb Denneny of the Toronto St. Patricks became the first player to surpass 10 assists in one season, collecting his 11th on Jan. 24, 1920, against the Ottawa Senators. Nighbor, however, ultimately led the League in helpers, registering his 16th and final of the season on March 8, 1920, versus the Quebec Bulldogs.
17 - Harry Cameron, Toronto St. Patricks, 1921-22.
17 - Hap Day, Toronto St. Patricks, 1924-25.
18 - Dick Irvin, Chicago Black Hawks, 1926-27.
18 - Howie Morenz, Montréal Canadiens, 1927-28.
36 - Frank Boucher, New York Rangers, 1929-30.
37 - Joe Primeau, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1931-32.
47 - Bill Cowley, Boston Bruins, 1940-41
49 - Clint Smith, Chicago Black Hawks, 1943-44
54 - Elmer Lach, Montréal Canadiens, , 1944-45
55 - Ted Lindsay, Detroit Red Wings, 1949-50
56 - Bert Olmstead, Montréal Canadiens, 1955-56
58 - Jean Beliveau, Montréal Canadiens, 1960-61.
58 - Andy Bathgate, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1963-64
59 - Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks, 1964-65
62 - Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks, 1966-67
77 - Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins, 1968-69
97 - Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins, 1969-70
102 - Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins, 1970-71
109 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, 1980-81
120 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, 1981-82
125 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, 1982-83
135 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, 1984-85
163 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, 1985-86

MOST POINTS, ONE SEASON:
48 - Joe Malone, Montréal Canadiens, 1917-18
49 - Joe Malone, Montréal Canadiens, 1919-20
51 - Howie Morenz, Montréal Canadiens, 1927-28
73 - Cooney Weiland, Boston Bruins, 1929-30
73 - Doug Bentley, Chicago Black Hawks, 1942-43
82 - Herb Cain, Boston Bruins, 1943-44
86 - Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings, 1950-51
95 - Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings, 1952-53
96 - Dickie Moore, Montréal Canadiens, 1958-59
97 - Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks, 1965-66
97 - Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks, 1966-67
126 - Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins, 1968-69
152 - Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins, 1970-71
164 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, 1980-81
212 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, 1981-82
215 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, 1985-86

MOST GOALS, CAREER: (Minimum: 100 Goals)
100 - Joe Malone (Montréal Canadiens, Quebec Bulldogs, Hamilton Tigers). Malone became the first NHL player to score 100 goals, reaching the milestone on Feb. 5, 1921, against the Ottawa Senators’ Clint Benedict.
143 - Joe Malone (Montréal Canadiens, Quebec Bulldogs, Hamilton Tigers). Malone and Newsy Lalonde (Montréal Canadiens, New York Americans) traded the lead in career goals before Malone ultimately pulled ahead with his 121st on Jan. 7, 1922, versus the Toronto St. Patricks’ John Ross Roach. Malone scored his 143rd and final goal on Feb. 3, 1923, against the Ottawa Senators’ Clint Benedict.
247 - Cy Denneny (Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins). Denneny moved atop the list just two weeks after Malone’s final goal, scoring his 144th on Feb. 17, 1923, versus the Hamilton Tigers’ Jake Forbes. Denneny registered his 247th and final goal on Dec. 4, 1928, against the New York Rangers’ John Ross Roach.
271 - Howie Morenz (Montréal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers). Morenz surpassed Denneny with his 248th goal on Dec. 23, 1933, against the Detroit Red Wings’ John Ross Roach. He scored his 271st and final goal on Jan. 24, 1937, versus the Chicago Black Hawks’ Mike Karakas.
324 - Nels Stewart (Montreal Maroons, Boston Bruins, New York Americans). Stewart moved past Morenz with his 272nd goal on Feb. 16, 1937, against the Montréal Canadiens’ Wilf Cude. He recorded his 324th and final goal on March 16, 1940, versus the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Turk Broda.
544 - Maurice Richard (Montréal Canadiens). Richard surpassed Stewart with his 325th goal on Nov. 8, 1952, versus the Chicago Black Hawks’ Al Rollins. He scored 219 more times, posting his 544th and final goal on March 20, 1960, also against Al Rollins (then with the New York Rangers).
801 - Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers). Howe pulled ahead of Richard with his 545th goal on Nov. 10, 1963, versus the Montréal Canadiens’ Charlie Hodge. He added 256 more goals, registering his 801st and final tally in his last regular-season game – on April 6, 1980, against the Detroit Red Wings’ Rogie Vachon.
894 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers). Gretzky surpassed Howe with his 802nd goal on March 23, 1994, versus the Vancouver Canucks’ Kirk McLean. He scored his 894th and final goal on March 29, 1999, against the New York Islanders’ Wade Flaherty.

Most Assists, Career (Minimum: 100 Assists)
100 - Frank Nighbor (Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs).
100 - Reg Noble (Toronto Arenas, Toronto St. Patricks, Montreal Maroons, Detroit Cougars, Detroit Falcons, Detroit Red Wings).
257 - Frank Boucher (Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers).
352 - Bill Cowley (St. Louis Eagles, Boston Bruins).
408 - Elmer Lach (Montréal Canadiens).
1,049 - Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers).
1,963 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers).

Most Points, Career (Minimum: 100 Points)
100 - Joe Malone, Montreal, Quebec Bulldogs, Hamilton. In 1920-21, Malone became the first player in NHL history to record 100 points.
158 - Newsy Lalonde (Montréal Canadiens, New York Americans).
336 - Cy Denneny (Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins). Denneny, Lalonde and Joe Malone (Montréal Canadiens, Quebec Bulldogs, Hamilton Tigers) traded the lead in career points multiple times before Denneny ultimately emerged with his 174th point on Dec. 16, 1922, against the Hamilton Tigers. He registered his 336th and final point on March 14, 1929, versus the Detroit Cougars.
475 - Howie Morenz (Montréal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers).
514 - Nels Stewart (Montreal Maroons, Boston Bruins, New York Americans).
527 - Syd Howe (Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Quakers, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Eagles, Detroit Red Wings).
547 - Bill Cowley (St. Louis Eagles, Boston Bruins).
610 - Elmer Lach (Montréal Canadiens).
947 - Maurice Richard (Montréal Canadiens).
1,850 - Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers). Howe surpassed Richard with his 948th point on Jan. 17, 1960, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Richard tied Howe with his 950th point on Jan. 21, 1960, versus the New York Rangers, but Howe moved ahead for good with his 951st point three days later – on Jan. 24, 1960, also against the Rangers. Howe became the first player to reach the 1,000-point milestone when he achieved the feat on Nov. 27, 1960, versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.
2,857 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers).