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List of National Hockey League players with 500 goals

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 2012–13 NHL season — the 95th regular season of play of the National Hockey League — a total of 42 different 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 Jarome Iginla who achieved it on January 7, 2012.

Season achievements

The 2006–07 NHL season saw the largest number of players (five) achieve their 500th goal. A total of four players scored their 500th goal in the 1995–96 season.

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

The 42 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), and one Slovak (Peter Bondra). Jari Kurri has the honour of being the first non-Canadian to score 500 goals. Of note, Stan Mikita was born in Sokolče, Slovakia, and was the first not born in Canada; however he immigrated when he was young and represented Canada internationally.

The fewest number of NHL games required to reach the mark was 575, set by Wayne Gretzky. Second quickest was Mario Lemieux, achieving the mark in his 605th game.

Of the 42 players to score at least 500 goals in their career, 17 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: Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Jari Kurri and Keith Tkachuk.

Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy is the only net minder to 'allow' more than one opponent to tally their 500th career goal: Steve Yzerman in 1996, Joe Mullen in 1997 and Brendan Shanahan in 2002. A contributing factor for this statistical coincidence will be Roy's record for the second-most games played by a goaltender, at 1029.

Mats Sundin scored his 500th goal short handed in overtime on Hockey Night in Canada to finish off a hat trick to win the game for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Team achievements

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.

500-goal scorers

Rank - Ranking on all-time goals list
G – Career goals
Team – Team for which the player scored their 500th goal
Game no. – Number of career games played when 500th goal was scored
Date – Date of 500th goal
GP – Career games played
Active players currently in the NHL are listed in boldface
denotes player a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame

(Updated as of the end of the 2012–13 Regular Season. Please do not update statistics mid-season.)

Rank Player G Team Game no. Date Opposing goaltender GP
1 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky 894 Edmonton Oilers 575 (empty net) 1487
2 Howe, GordieGordie Howe 801 Detroit Red Wings 1045 Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 1767
3 Hull, BrettBrett Hull 741 St. Louis Blues 693 Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 1269
4 Dionne, MarcelMarcel Dionne 731 Los Angeles Kings 887 Jensen, AlAl Jensen 1348
5 Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito 717 Boston Bruins 803 Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford 1282
6 Gartner, MikeMike Gartner 708 New York Rangers 936 Liut, MikeMike Liut 1432
7 Messier, MarkMark Messier 694 New York Rangers 1141 Tabaracci, RickRick Tabaracci 1756
8 Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman 692 Detroit Red Wings 906 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 1514
9 Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux 690 Pittsburgh Penguins 605 Soderstrom, TommyTommy Soderstrom 915
10 Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr 681 Washington Capitals 928 Grahame, JohnJohn Grahame 1391
11 Selanne, TeemuTeemu Selanne 675 Anaheim Ducks 982 Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 1387
12 Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille 668 Los Angeles Kings 928 Roloson, DwayneDwayne Roloson 1431
13 Shanahan, BrendanBrendan Shanahan 656 Detroit Red Wings 1100 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 1524
14 Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk 640 New Jersey Devils 1070 Ranford, BillBill Ranford 1639
15 Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic 625 Colorado Avalanche 1044 Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier 1378
16 Hull, BobbyBobby Hull 610 Chicago Black Hawks 861 Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 1063
17 Ciccarelli, DinoDino Ciccarelli 608 Detroit Red Wings 946 Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey 1232
18 Kurri, JariJari Kurri 601 Los Angeles Kings 833 (empty net) 1251
19 Recchi, MarkMark Recchi 577 Pittsburgh Penguins 1303 Turco, MartyMarty Turco 1571
20 Bossy, MikeMike Bossy 573 New York Islanders 647 (empty net) 752
21 Sundin, MatsMats Sundin 564 Toronto Maple Leafs 1162 Kiprusoff, MiikkaMiikka Kiprusoff 1346
21 Nieuwendyk, JoeJoe Nieuwendyk 564 New Jersey Devils 1094 Weekes, KevinKevin Weekes 1257
23 Modano, MikeMike Modano 561 Dallas Stars 1225 Niittymaki, AnteroAntero Niittymaki 1459
24 Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur 560 Montreal Canadiens 896 Resch, GlennGlenn Resch 1126
25 Bucyk, JohnnyJohnny Bucyk 556 Boston Bruins 1370 Belanger, YvesYves Belanger 1540
26 Francis, RonRon Francis 549 Carolina Hurricanes 1533 Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe 1731
27 Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet 548 Chicago Blackhawks 951 Reese, JeffJeff Reese 1089
28 Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard 544 Montreal Canadiens 863 Hall, GlennGlenn Hall 978
29 Mikita, StanStan Mikita 541 Chicago Black Hawks 1221 Maniago, CesareCesare Maniago 1394
30 Tkachuk, KeithKeith Tkachuk 538 St. Louis Blues 1055 (empty net) 1201
31 Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich 533 Montreal Canadiens 1105 Wilson, DuncDunc Wilson 1181
32 Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla 530 Calgary Flames 1149 Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom 1232
33 Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier 524 New York Islanders 1104 Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley 1279
34 Verbeek, PatPat Verbeek 522 Detroit Red Wings 1285 Brathwaite, FredFred Brathwaite 1424
35 Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk 518 St. Louis Blues 1103 Potvin, FelixFelix Potvin 1188
36 Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon 515 Colorado Avalanche 1229 Toskala, VesaVesa Toskala 1294
37 Roenick, JeremyJeremy Roenick 513 San Jose Sharks 1267 Auld, AlexAlex Auld 1363
38 Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault 512 Buffalo Sabres 1159 Chevrier, AlainAlain Chevrier 1191
39 Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau 507 Montreal Canadiens 1101 Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 1125
40 Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra 503 Chicago Blackhawks 1050 Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 1081
41 Mullen, JoeJoe Mullen 502 Pittsburgh Penguins 1052 Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 1062
42 McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald 500 Calgary Flames 1107 Fitzpatrick, MarkMark Fitzpatrick 1111

Active players within 50 goals

There are no active NHL players within 50 goals of the 500 mark at the beginning of the 2013–14 NHL season. At the end of the 2012–13 NHL season, the nearest active player is Marian Hossa with 434 career goals scored.[1]

Retired players within 50 goals

These are players who are now retired that came within 50 goals of reaching 500 for their career.

Team – The team for which the player played the most games.
GP – Career games played
G – Career goals scored
Player Team GP G
Glenn Anderson Edmonton Oilers 1129 498
Jean Ratelle New York Rangers 1281 491
Norm Ullman Detroit Red Wings 1410 490
Brian Bellows Minnesota North Stars 1188 485
Darryl Sittler Toronto Maple Leafs 1096 484
Sergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings 1248 483
Bernie Nicholls Los Angeles Kings 1127 475
Alexander Mogilny Buffalo Sabres 990 473
Denis Savard Chicago Blackhawks 1196 473
Pat LaFontaine New York Islanders 865 468
Alex Delvecchio Detroit Red Wings 1549 456
Theoren Fleury Calgary Flames 1084 455
Rod Brind'Amour Carolina Hurricanes 1484 452
Doug Gilmour Toronto Maple Leafs 1474 450
Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques 977 450


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