The Stanley Cup belongs to the St. Louis Blues and the NHL Awards are over so now is a great time to reflect on history and to ponder on the records set over time.
Record for Most Points in a Season
The Montréal Canadiens are the record holders with achieving the most points in any one season. Their points won totalled at 132 for the season 1976-77. Founded in 1909 they are not only the record holders for most positions in a season, but they are also the professional hockey team who are the longest continuously operating.
Most Wins in a Season
This record was set in the 1995-96 season by the Detroit Red Wings with a total of 62 wins. During the 2018-19 season, Tampa Bay Lightning joined them in this position also achieving 62 gains for the season. During the 2019 season, the Detroit Red Wings also moved into the place of having won the most Stanley Cup Championships compared to any other US-based NHL franchise and are in third position overall following the lead of Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Longest Winning Streak in a Season
17 is the golden number at this stage. Set by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992-93. The Pens are one of two NHL franchises in Pennsylvania and an active participant of the Battle of Pennsylvania. This battle refers to the rivalry between the Pens and the Philadelphia Flyers which started in 1967 when both teams were introduced into NHL. This rivalry is still today alive and active.
Quickest Goal in History
Only a mere five seconds after the opening whistle blew during a match between the Winnipeg Jets and St Louis Blues in December 1981 Doug Small scored the first goal for the Winnipeg Jets. This event was repeated three years later when Bryan John Trottier did the same in 1984 in a game between the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins. In 1991 Alexander Mogilny did it again in a match between the Buffalo Sabers and Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto.
Leading Scorer in NHL
The title goes to none other than Wayne Gretzky, also known as the Great One. He holds the title for the most points totalling at 2 856 during the regular season, the most goals standing at 894 and the most points attained in a single season of 215. The amount of records linked to his name is also record-breaking with receiving recognition for more than 60 recordings over his career which stretched from 1978 to 1999. He is considered to be the greatest ice hockey player of all times by opponents, fans and commentators alike. His skills brought him fame, and his legacy is set not only in the record books but also with a freeway named after him as well as three awards and four video games. The 58-year old NHL legend is indeed an inspiration in the world of ice hockey.