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NHL Individual Scoring
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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. Scored goal #44 against Toronto's Harry Holmes on Mar. 2, 1918 and finished the season with 44 goals.
50 - Maurice Richard, Montreal, 1944-45. Scored goal #45 against Toronto's Frank McCool on Feb. 25, 1845 and finished the season with 50 goals.
50 - Bernie Geoffrion, Montreal, 1960-61. Scored goal #50 against Toronto's Cesare Maniago on Mar. 16, 1961 and finished the season with 50 goals.
50 - Bobby Hull, Chicago, 1961-62. Scored goal #50 against NY Rangers' Gump Worsley on Mar. 25, 1962 and finished the season with 50 goals.
54 - Bobby Hull, Chicago, 1965-66. Scored goal #51 against NY Rangers' Cesare Maniago on Mar. 12, 1966 and finished the season with 54 goals.
58 - Bobby Hull, Chicago, 1968-69. Scored goal #55 against Boston's Gerry Cheevers on Mar. 20, 1969 and finished the season with 58 goals.
76 - Phil Esposito, Boston, 1970-71. Scored goal #59 against Los Angeles' Denis DeJordy on Mar. 11, 1971 and finished the season with 76 goals.
92 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, 1981-82. Scored goal #77 against Buffalo's Don Edwards on Feb. 24, 1982 and finished the season with 92 goals.

Most assists, one season:
10 - Cy Denneny, Ottawa, 1917-18
  - Reg Noble, Toronto, 1917-18
  - Harry Cameron, Toronto, 1917-18
15 - Frank Nighbor, Ottawa, 1919-20
18 - Dick Irvin, Chicago, 1926-27
  - Howie Morenz, Montreal, 1929-30
36 - Frank Boucher, NY Rangers, 1929-30
37 - Joe Primeau, Toronto, 1931-32
45 - Bill Cowley, Boston, 1940-41
45 - Bill Cowley, Boston, 1942-43
49 - Clint Smith, Chicago, 1943-44
54 - Elmer Lach, Montreal, 1944-45
55 - Ted Lindsay, Detroit, 1949-50
56 - Bert Olmstead, Montreal, 1955-56
58 - Jean Beliveau, Montreal, 1960-61
58 - Andy Bathgate, NY Rangers/Toronto, 1963-64
59 - Stan Mikita, Chicago, 1964-65
62 - Stan Mikita, Chicago, 1966-67
77 - Phil Esposito, Boston, 1968-69
97 - Bobby Orr, Boston, 1969-70
102 - Bobby Orr, Boston, 1970-71
109 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, 1980-81
120 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, 1981-82
125 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, 1982-83
135 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, 1984-85
163 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, 1985-86

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

Most regular-season goals, career:
44 - Joe Malone, Montreal, 1917-18. Malone led the NHL in goals in the league's first season and finished with 44 goals in 22 games in 1917-18.
146 - Joe Malone, Montreal, Quebec Bulldogs, Hamilton. Malone passed Dennneny in 1919-20 and remained the NHL's career goal-scoring leader until his retirement. He finished with a career total of 146 goals.
246 - Cy Denneny, Boston. Denneny passed Malone with goal #147 in 1922-23 and remained the NHL's career goal-scoring leader until his retirement. He finished with a career total of 246 goals.
270 - Howie Morenz, Montreal, NY Rangers, Chicago. Morenz passed Denneny with goal #247 in 1933-34 and finished his career with 270 goals.
324 - Nels Stewart, Montreal Maroons, Boston, NY Americans. Stewart passed Morenz with goal #271 in 1936-37 and remained the NHL's career goal-scoring leader until his retirement.
544 - Maurice Richard, Montreal. Richard passed Stewart with goal #325 on Nov. 8 1952 and remained the NHL's career goal-scoring leader until his retirement.
801 - Gordie Howe, Detroit, Hartford. Howe passed Richard with goal #545 on Nov. 10, 1963 and remained the NHL's career goal-scoring leader until his retirement.
894 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, Los Angeles, St. Louis, NY Rangers. Gretzky passed Gordie Howe with goal #802 on Mar. 23, 1994. He retired as the NHL's current goal-scoring leader with 894.

Most regular-season assists, career (minimum 100 assists):
Note: Assists were not tabulated in 1917-18, the NHL's first season. Newsy Lalonde of the Canadiens was the NHL's first career (and single season) assist leader, recording 9 in 1918-19.
100 - Frank Boucher, Ottawa, NY Rangers. In 1930-31, Boucher became the first NHL player to reach the 100-assist milestone.
262 - Frank Boucher, Ottawa, NY Rangers. Boucher retired as the NHL's career assist leader in 1938 with 252. He returned to the NHL in 1943-44.
353 - Bill Cowley, St Louis Eagles, Boston. Cowley passed Boucher with assist #263 in 1943-44. He retired as the NHL's career assist leader in 1947 with 353.
408 - Elmer Lach, Montreal. Lach passed Cowley with assist #354 in 1951-52. He retired as the NHL's career assist leader in 1953 with 408.
1,049 - Bordie Howe, Detroit, Hartford. Howe passed Lach with assist #409 in 1957-58. He retired as the NHL's career assist leader in 1980 with 1,049.
1,963 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, Los Angeles, St Louis, NY Rangers. Gretzky passed Howe with assist #1,050 in 1988-89. He retired as the current career assist leader with 1,963.

Most regular-season 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.
200 - Cy Denneny, Ottawa. In 1923-24, Denneny became the first player in NHL history to record 200 points.
300 - Cy Denneny, Ottawa. In 1926-27, Denneny became the first player in NHL history to record 300 points.
315 - Cy Denneny, Ottawa, Boston. Denneny retired as the NHL's career point scoring leader in 1929 with 315 points.
467 - Howie Morenz, Montreal, Chicago, NY Rangers. Morenz passed Denneny with point #316 in 1931-32. At the time his career ended in 1937, he was the NHL's career point scoring leader with 467 points.
515 - Nels Stewart, Montreal Maroons, Boston, NY Americans. Stewart passed Morenz with point #468 in 1938-39. He retired as the NHL's career point scoring leader in 1940 with 515 points.
528 - Syd Howe, Ottawa, Philadelphia Quackers, Toronto, St Louis Eagles, Detroit. Howe passed Stewart with point #516 on Mar. 8, 1945. He retired as the NHL's career point scoring leader in 1946 with 528 points.
548 - Bill Cowley, St Louis Eagles, Boston. Cowley passed Howe with point #529 on Feb. 12, 1947. He retired as the NHL's career point scoring leader in 1947 with 548 points.
610 - Elmer Lach, Montreal. Lach passed Cowley with point #549 on Feb. 23, 1952. He remained the NHL's career point scoring leader until he was overtaken by Maurice Richard in 1953-54. He finished his career with 623 points.
946 - Maurice Richard, Montreal. Richard passed teammate Lach with point #611 on Dec. 12, 1953. He remained the NHL's career point scoring leader until he was overtaken by Gordie Howe in 1959-60. He finished his career with 965 points.
1,850 - Gordie Howe, Detroit, Harford. Howe passed Richard with point #947 on Jan. 16, 1960. He retired as the NHL's career point scoring leader in 1980 with 1,850.
2,857 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, Los Angeles, St Louis, NY Rangers. Gretzky passed Howe with point #1,851 on Oct. 15, 1989. He retired as the NHL's current career points leader with 2,857.