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As of the completion of the 2008–09 regular season, 87 different hockey players have scored at least 50 goals in a National Hockey League (NHL) regular season.

Collectively, these players have achieved this feat on 185 different occasions, playing for 26 different franchises. Including four franchises that have changed cities, there have been 30 different teams with 50 goal players.

A 50 goal season was first achieved in March of the 1944–45 NHL season by Maurice Richard.[1] He achieved the target in the 50th, and final, game of the 1944–45 season. Richard also created the standard for the rarely achieved mark of 50-in-50.

It would take another 16 years, to the 1960–61 NHL season, before Bernie Geoffrion became the second player ever to score 50 goals in a single season.

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Season achievements

The 1992–93 NHL season had the most 50 goal players, with 14. The second most was the 1981–82 NHL season, with 10.

Counting the 1970–71 NHL season, there was at least one 50 goal player for 24 straight years, until the lockout shortened 1994–95 NHL season.

Counting the 1960–61 season when Geoffrion became the second ever 50 goal scorer, there have only been 9 seasons out of 47 that did not have a 50 goal player. Not unexpectedly, this span includes the lockout shortened year of 1994–95 and the lockout ‘non-season’ of 2004–05. More surprisingly, no player was able to achieve the feat in the complete/lengthy 82 game seasons of 1998–99 and 2003–04.

The 50 goal player became a rarity in the 6 seasons from 1998–99 to 2003–04. The mark was only achieved by 5 unique players, on 6 different occasions. Contrast this with the fact that 14 different single seasons have matched or exceeded the numbers achieved in this collective 6 season run.

Player achievements

The players with the most 50 goal seasons are Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky, with 9 each. Next closest are 3 players with 6 seasons of 50 goals.

Bossy also holds the record of 9 consecutive 50 goal seasons, from 1977–78 to 1985–86, followed by Gretzky with 8 consecutive seasons from 1979–80 to 1986–87.

Two different players have been traded during a 50 goal season: Craig Simpson and Dave Andreychuk.

Team achievements

Excluding the two split-team players above, the Edmonton Oilers have had the most incidents of a player achieving 50 goals during the franchise's history, with 15. The Los Angeles Kings follow with 14 occurrences of players scoring 50 goals.

Excluding the two split-team players above, the Atlanta Flames/Calgary Flames franchise has had the greatest number of unique players (ignores repeats for same player, same team) achieve 50 goals, with eight. This is followed by four teams who have had 6 different/unique players achieve 50 goals while with the team.

The Edmonton Oilers are the only team to have three players achieve 50 goals in the same season, in both the 1983–84 and 1985–86 seasons. A total of 11 teams have had 2 players score 50 goals in the same season, with the Boston Bruins the first team to achieve the mark in the 1970–71 season.

The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers have had at least one 50 goal player in 11 different seasons, followed by 4 teams that have had at least one 50 goal scorer in 10 different seasons.

The New York Islanders had at one or more 50 goal player in nine consecutive seasons, from 1977–78 to 1985–86, followed by the Edmonton Oilers with eight consecutive seasons.

The Edmonton Oilers are the only team to have two players achieve 70+ goals in the same year, with Wayne Gretzky (73 goals) and Jari Kurri (71 goals) achieving this in the 1984–85 NHL season. The Pittsburgh Penguins are the only team to have two players finish in the 60 goal category in the same season, with Mario Lemieux (69) and Jaromir Jagr (62) in the 1995–96 NHL season.

Four franchises have had 50 goal players both before and after the entire team moved: the Atlanta Flames/Calgary Flames, the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche and the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes.

One franchise has had a 50 goal player in its original city, but not their new city: the Hartford Whalers (now Carolina Hurricanes).

Four franchises currently playing in the NHL have never had a player achieve 50 goals: New Jersey Devils (started as Kansas City Scouts in 1974–75), Nashville Predators (1998–99), and the two newest teams Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild (2000–01). As noted above, the three youngest franchises arrived at a time when the 50 goal player is not as common as in previous years. The oldest of these four franchises, the Devils, has won 3 Stanley Cup championships relying on a strong defensive style rather than 50 goal players, but Brian Gionta, has come the closest for the Devils, recording 48 goals during the 2005/2006 NHL season.

Players who have scored 50 goals

Wayne Gretzky
Jarome Iginla
Mario Lemieux
Mark Messier
Teemu Selanne
Joe Sakic
Maurice Richard
Pavel Bure
Vincent Lecavalier
Alexander Mogilny
Jonathan Cheechoo
Sergei Fedorov
Dany Heatley

Bold denotes players currently active in the NHL

Player Team Season GP G
Glenn Anderson Edmonton Oilers 1983–84 80 54
1985–86 72 54
Dave Andreychuk Buffalo Sabres/Toronto Maple Leafs 1992–93 83 54
Toronto Maple Leafs 1993–94 83 53
Wayne Babych St. Louis Blues 1980–81 78 54
Bill Barber Philadelphia Flyers 1975–76 80 50
Brian Bellows Minnesota North Stars 1989–90 80 55
Peter Bondra Washington Capitals 1995–96 67 52
1997–98 76 52
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 1977–78 73 53
1978–79 80 69
1979–80 75 51
1980-81 79 68
1981–82 80 64
1982–83 79 60
1983-84 67 51
1984–85 76 58
1985-86 80 61
Johnny Bucyk Boston Bruins 1970–71 78 51
Mike Bullard Pittsburgh Penguins 1983–84 76 51
Pavel Bure Vancouver Canucks 1992–93 83 60
1993–94 76 60
1997–98 82 51
Florida Panthers 1999–00 74 58
2000–01 82 59
Bobby Carpenter Washington Capitals 1984–85 80 53
Jimmy Carson Los Angeles Kings 1987–88 80 55
Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose Sharks 2005–06 82 56
Guy Chouinard Atlanta Flames 1978–79 80 50
Dino Ciccarelli Minnesota North Stars 1981–82 76 55
1986–87 80 52
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 1976–77 80 53
1978–79 80 59
1979–80 80 53
1980–81 80 58
1981–82 78 50
1982–83 80 56
Phil Esposito Boston Bruins 1970–71 78 76
1971–72 76 66
1972–73 78 55
1973–74 78 68
1974–75 79 61
Sergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings 1993–94 82 56
Theoren Fleury Calgary Flames 1990–91 79 51
Danny Gare Buffalo Sabres 1975–76 79 50
1979–80 76 56
Mike Gartner Washington Capitals 1984–85 80 50
Bernie Geoffrion Montreal Canadiens 1960–61 64 50
Michel Goulet Quebec Nordiques 1982–83 80 57
1983–84 75 56
1984–85 69 55
1985–86 75 53
Danny Grant Detroit Red Wings 1974–75 80 50
Adam Graves New York Rangers 1993–94 84 52
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 1979–80 79 51
1980–81 80 55
1981–82 80 92
1982–83 80 71
1983–84 74 87
1984–85 80 73
1985–86 80 52
1986–87 79 62
Los Angeles Kings 1988–89 78 54
Vic Hadfield New York Rangers 1971–72 78 50
Dale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets 1984–85 80 53
Dany Heatley Ottawa Senators 2005–06 82 50
2006–07 82 50
Milan Hejduk Colorado Avalanche 2002–03 82 50
Ken Hodge Boston Bruins 1973–74 76 50
Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks 1961–62 70 50
1965–66 65 54
1966–67 66 52
1968–69 74 58
1971–72 78 50
Brett Hull St. Louis Blues 1989–90 80 72
1990–91 78 86
1991–92 73 70
1992–93 80 54
1993–94 81 57
Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames 2001–02 82 52
2007–08 82 50
Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins 1995–96 82 62
2000–01 81 52
New York Rangers 2005–06 82 54
Paul Kariya Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1995–96 82 50
Rick Kehoe Pittsburgh Penguins 1980–81 80 55
Tim Kerr Philadelphia Flyers 1983–84 79 54
1984–85 74 54
1985–86 76 58
1986–87 75 58
Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta Thrashers 2005–06 78 52
2007–08 79 52
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 1983–84 64 52
1984–85 73 71
1985–86 78 68
1986–87 79 54
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens 1974–75 70 53
1975–76 80 56
1976–77 80 56
1977–78 78 60
1978–79 80 52
1979–80 74 50
Pat LaFontaine New York Islanders 1989–90 74 54
Buffalo Sabres 1992–93 84 53
Pierre Larouche Pittsburgh Penguins 1975–76 76 53
Montreal Canadiens 1979–80 73 50
Reggie Leach Philadelphia Flyers 1975–76 80 61
1979–80 76 50
Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning 2006–07 82 52
John LeClair Philadelphia Flyers 1995–96 82 51
1996–97 82 50
1997–98 82 51
Gary Leeman Toronto Maple Leafs 1989–90 80 51
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins 1986–87 63 54
1987–88 77 70
1988–89 76 85
1992–93 60 69
1995–96 70 69
1996–97 76 50
Hakan Loob Calgary Flames 1987–88 80 50
Lanny McDonald Calgary Flames 1982–83 80 66
Rick MacLeish Philadelphia Flyers 1972–73 78 50
Rick Martin Buffalo Sabres 1973–74 78 52
1974–75 68 52
Dennis Maruk Washington Capitals 1980–81 80 50
1981–82 80 60
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers 1981–82 78 50
Rick Middleton Boston Bruins 1981–82 75 51
Mike Modano Dallas Stars 1993–94 76 50
Alexander Mogilny Buffalo Sabres 1992–93 77 76
Vancouver Canucks 1995–96 79 55
Joe Mullen Calgary Flames 1988–89 79 51
Cam Neely Boston Bruins 1989–90 76 55
1990–91 69 51
1993–94 49 50
Bernie Nicholls Los Angeles Kings 1988–89 79 70
Joe Nieuwendyk Calgary Flames 1987–88 75 51
1988–89 77 51
John Ogrodnick Detroit Red Wings 1984–85 79 55
Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 2005–06 81 52
2007–08 82 65
2008–09 79 56
Jean Pronovost Pittsburgh Penguins 1975–76 80 52
Mark Recchi Philadelphia Flyers 1992–93 84 53
Mickey Redmond Detroit Red Wings 1972–73 76 52
1973–74 76 51
Jacques Richard Quebec Nordiques 1980–81 78 52
Maurice Richard Montreal Canadiens 1944–45 50 50
Stephane Richer Montreal Canadiens 1987–88 72 50
1989–90 75 51
Gary Roberts Calgary Flames 1991–92 76 53
Luc Robitaille Los Angeles Kings 1987–88 80 53
1989–90 80 52
1992–93 84 63
Jeremy Roenick Chicago Blackhawks 1991–92 80 53
1992–93 84 50
Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche 1995–96 82 51
2000–01 82 54
Al Secord Chicago Blackhawks 1982–83 80 54
Teemu Selanne Winnipeg Jets 1992–93 84 76
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1996–97 78 51
1997–98 73 52
Brendan Shanahan St. Louis Blues 1992–93 71 51
1993–94 81 52
Ray Sheppard Detroit Red Wings 1993–94 82 52
Steve Shutt Montreal Canadiens 1976–77 80 60
Charlie Simmer Los Angeles Kings 1979–80 64 56
1980–81 65 56
Craig Simpson Pittsburgh Penguins/Edmonton Oilers 1987–88 80 56
Kevin Stevens Pittsburgh Penguins 1991–92 80 54
1992–93 72 55
Blaine Stoughton Hartford Whalers 1979–80 80 56
1981–82 80 52
Keith Tkachuk Winnipeg Jets 1995–96 76 50
Phoenix Coyotes 1996–97 81 52
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders 1981–82 80 50
Pierre Turgeon New York Islanders 1992–93 83 58
Rick Vaive Toronto Maple Leafs 1981–82 77 54
1982–83 78 51
1983–84 76 52
Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings 1987–88 64 50
1988–89 80 65
1989–90 79 62
1990–91 80 51
1992–93 84 58

See also

References

  1. ^ National Hockey League (2007). National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2008. Toronto: Dan Diamond & Associates, Inc.. pp. 656. ISBN 978–1–894801–11–9.  
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