Over time, there have been some extremely impressive records in the NHL. Records that have turned great players into legends. Wayne Gretzky could fill an article like this on his own multiple times, so I won’t be using any of his records for this article. They always say that records are made to be broken, but some are just so incredible that they will stand the test of time forever in my opinion. Here are five of those records.
1. Most Career Stanley Cup Wins as a Player – Henri Richard
In today’s day and age, if a player can make it to (and win) a single Stanley Cup, that is something they will cherish forever. If a player can win something like five, that is the stuff of legends. But what Henri Richard was able to accomplish is absolutely incredible and will never be done again. Richard was able to win an astounding 11 Stanley Cups in a 19 year career. And yes, this was done in a time when there were only 6 teams, but even so, if it was considered difficult back then, it is beyond impossible now.
2. Most Career Penalty Minutes – Dave “Tiger” Wiliams
While there are some enforcers and tough guys in the league now, but none an compare to the guys we had back in the 70’s and 80’s. And the meanest, nastiest and toughest of them all was none other than Dave “Tiger” Williams. Through his career, Williams had 3966 penalty minutes, which is over 400 over second place. And this record will never be touched as the closest active player is Chris Neil, who is more than 1200 penalty minutes short.
3. Fewest Wins in a Season – Washington Capitals
This season, the worst team in the NHL was the Toronto Maples Leafs who finished with 29 wins. While bad, they actually won nearly four times as many games as the team with the fewest wins in a season. The 1974-75 Washington Capitals finished the year with an abhorrent record of 8-67-5. This type of season will likely never happen again as even the worst teams can at least get lucky a few times.
4. Most Consecutive Games by a Goalie – Glenn Hall
While this record on its own is simply unbelievable, when you realize Hall played in a time where goalies wore almost no padding, it makes it all that more impressive. In total, Hall played an insane 502 consecutive games as a goalie for a period of 8 seasons from 1955-1963. In today’s day and age in the NHL, goalies rarely play entire seasons and the thought of a goalie (even with all the extra padding) playing 8 straight seasons is crazy. Plus, to play that long without injury even after players are flinging pieces of rubber at you for an hour every night, is very impressive.
5. Most Goals in an Overtime Period – Ken Doraty
While most records are not impossible, just extremely difficult to break, this is one that actually is physically impossible for any player to do. In the earlier days of the NHL, overtime wasn’t decided by a single goal, it was just an extra period. Doraty once scored a hat trick in that extra period, meaning he scored three overtime goals in one game. Unless the NHL changes its overtime rules, this one will never be broken as no one can score more than one overtime goal per game.