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NHL record holders prior to Wayne GretzkyEdit
This is a list of the former record holders prior to Wayne Gretzky re-writing the NHL record book. Gretzky currently owns or shares 60 official NHL records.
- Most goals: 801 Gordie Howe in 1,767 games
- Most goals, including playoffs: 869 Gordie Howe in 1,767 regular season and 158 playoff games
- Most goals, one season: 76 Phil Esposito in 1970-71, 78-game schedule
- Most goals, one season, including playoffs: 85 Mike Bossy in 1980-81, 68 goals in 79 regular season games and 17 goals in 18 playoff games
- Most goals, 50 games from start of season: 50 Maurice Richard in 1944-45 (50-game schedule) and Mike Bossy 1980-81 (80-game schedule)
- Most goals, one period: 4 Max Bentley (Jan. 28, 1943), Busher Jackson (Nov. 20, 1934), Clint Smith (Mar. 4, 1945), Red Berenson (Nov. 7, 1968)
- Most assists: 1,049 Gordie Howe
- Most assists, including playoffs: 1,141 Gordie Howe
- Most assists, one season: 102 Bobby Orr in 1970-71, 78-game schedule
- Most assists, one season, including playoffs: 109 Bobby Orr in 1970-71, 102 assists in 78 regular season games and 7 assists in 7 playoff games
- Most assists, one game: 7 Billy "The Kid" Taylor
- Most assists, one road game: 7 Billy Taylor
- Most points: 1,850 Gordie Howe in 1,767 games (801 goals, 1,049 assists)
- Most points, including playoffs: 2010 Gordie Howe in 1,767 regular season and 157 playoff games. (869 goals, 1141 assists)
- Most points, one season: 152 Phil Esposito in 1970-71, 78-game schedule (76 goals, 76 assists)
- Most points, one season, including playoffs: 162 Phil Esposito, 152 regular season points and 10 playoff points in 1970-71 and Guy Lafleur, 136 regular season points and 26 playoff points in 1976-77
- Most overtime assists, career:
- Most goals by a center, career: 731 Marcel Dionne
- Most goals by a center, one season: 76 Phil Esposito in 1970-71, 78-game schedule
- Most assists by a center, career: 998 Marcel Dionne
- Most assists by a center, one season: 89 Bobby Clarke in 1974-75 and 1975-76, 80-game schedule
- Most points by a center, career: 1,770 Marcel Dionne
- Most points by a center, one season: 152 Phil Esposito in 1970-71, 78-game schedule
- Most assists in one game by a player in his first season:
- Highest goals-per-game average, one season: 1.00 Maurice Richard in 1944-45, 50 goals in 50 games
- Highest assists-per-game average, career (300 min.): 0.982 Bobby Orr. 645 assists in 657 games
- Highest assists-per-game average, one season: 1.31 Bobby Orr in 1970-71, 102 assists in 78 games
- Highest points-per-game average, one season (among players with 50-or-more points): 1.97 Bill Cowley in 1943–44, 71 points in 36 games
- Most 40-or-more goal seasons: 10 Marcel Dionne in 18 seasons
- Most consecutive 40-or-more goal seasons: 9 Mike Bossy from 1977-78 to 1985-86
- Most 50-or-more goal seasons: 9 Mike Bossy
- Most 60-or-more goal seasons: 5 Mike Bossy
- Most consecutive 60-or-more goals seasons: 3 Mike Bossy from 1980-81 to 1982-83
- Most 100-or-more point seasons: 8 Marcel Dionne
- Most consecutive 100-or-more point seasons: 6 tied Bobby Orr from 69-70 to 1974-75 and Guy Lafleur from 1974-75 to 1979-80
- Most three-or-more goal games, career: 39 Mike Bossy 30 three-goal (hat trick) games; nine four-goal games;
- Most three goal games, one season: 9 Mike Bossy in 1980/81
- Longest consecutive assist scoring streak: 15 games Jari Kurri in 1983-84, 21 assists
- Longest consecutive point-scoring streak: 28 Guy Lafleur in 1976-77; 19 goals and 42 assists
- Longest consecutive point-scoring streak from start of season:
- Most playoff goals, career: 92 Jari Kurri
- Most playoff assists, career: 101 Denis Potvin
- Most assists, one playoff year: 23 Bryan Trottier in 1982 (19 games)
- Most assists in one series (other than final): 14 Rick Middleton) in 1983
- Most assists in final series: 9 Jacques Lemaire in 1973
- Most assists, one playoff game: 6 Mikko Leinonen in 1982
- Most assists, one playoff period: 3 Nick Metz, March 21,1941, Three assists by one player in one period of a playoff game has been recorded on 73 occasions
- Most points, career: 176 -- Jean Beliveau 79 goals and 97 assists
- Most points, one playoff year: 35 Mike Bossy in 1981 (17 goals and 18 assists in 18 games)
- Most points in final series: 12 Gordie Howe in 1955
- Most points, one playoff period: 4 Maurice Richard, March 29,1945 (tied with nine other players)
- Most short-handed goals, one playoff year: 3 Derek Sanderson, 1969, Lorne Henning, 1980, Bill Barber, 1980
- Most short-handed goals, one playoff game: 2 Dave Keon, April 18,1963 (tied with eight other players)
- Most game winning goals in playoffs, career: 18 Maurice Richard
- Most three-or-more goals games (hat trick): 7 Maurice Richard
- Most All-Star game goals, career: 10 Gordie Howe (in 23 games played)
- Most All-Star game goals, one game: 3 Ted Lindsay in 1950
- Most All-Star game goals, one period: 2 Ted Lindsay in 1950 tied by five different players
- Most All-Star game assists, career: 11 Ray Bourque
- Most All-Star game points, career: 19 Gordie Howe (10 goals, 9 assists in 23 games)
- Most All-Star game points, one period: 3 Gordie Howe in 1965 and Pete Mahovlich in 1976
Since Wayne Gretzky’s retirement, two of his records have fallen and he has gained one record, leaving him with a new total of 60 official records.
- Gretzky’s record of 15 regular season overtime assists has now been passed by three players. They are Nicklas Lidstrom (16), Adam Oates (17), and Mark Messier (18).
- Joe Sakic (16), Mark Messier (14), and Ray Bourque (13) have passed Gretzky’s record (12) for most All-Star game assists.
- Wayne Gretzky finished his career with a 1.921 points per game average. Only Mario Lemieux, then retired, had a better points per game average at that time. Lemieux since came out of retirement in 2000 and played until the 2005–06 NHL season. Lemieux's points per game average dropped to 1.883 before retiring once again midway through the 2005–06 season. This gives the record to Gretzky.
- ^ Official Guide & Record Book. National Hockey League. 1994. ISBN 1880141787 9781880141786.
- ^ "Playoff Individual Records".
- ^ "List of career achievements by Wayne Gretzky".