How Much Do You Know About Hockey's All-Time Stats Leaders?


By: J.P. Naomi

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Can you take the biscuit coast to coast and light the lamp with this quiz?! It's time to see how much you know about the greatest players ever to hit the ice in the National Hockey League!

Whether active or retired, coach or player, regular season or playoffs, this quiz reflects on all kinds of NHL records. And only the biggest fans will know the answers! We’re talking serious stats. The kind of stats the commentators break out in the middle of a broadcast. The ones that make you shake your head in amazement and the ones that remind you of the good ol’ days! You see, the NHL doesn’t just keep records of the most number of goals. Nope! They go even further… short-handed goals, powerplay goals, game-winning goals, and overtime goals! And the records don’t stop there. The NHL even keeps player statistics on the not-so-favorable moments such as minutes spent in the penalty box! While you wouldn’t necessarily want to be remembered for your time OFF the ice, at least you’d be remembered as a fierce competitor, right?

So, how fierce are you? Think you have what it takes to name these all-time leading skaters, goaltenders and coaches? How about the teams they played for? Don’t be a sieve, make your way to the barn and take this quiz now!

With 2,857 goals in his career, ________ is the leading scorer in NHL history!

Wayne Gretzky was born on January 26, 1961, in Brantford, Ontario. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 185 pounds. He has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many people, including the league itself!


Mike _______ holds the current record for Goals per Game with 0.762.

Mike Bossy was a right wing who played his entire career with the New York Islanders. Originally from Montreal, Bossy played from 1977 - 1987.


This current player leads the NHL all-time list of game-winning goals with 133.

At the age of 45, Jaromir Jagr currently plays for the Calgary Flames. He has been in the league since 1988 and is the leading point scorer among active NHL players and the second-most in NHL history!


Shame, shame, shame! This former player holds the record for most number of career penalty minutes!

Tiger Williams was drafted 31st overall in the second round by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. Sitting in the penalty box is no fun, but being remembered as an 'enforcer' was well worth it!


This NHL star holds the record for most games played in his career...

Gordie Howe played in 1,767 games during his career. He was an ambidextrous shooter and played right wing for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers. His nickname was none other than "Mr. Hockey".


What is the name of the sports statistic used to measure a player's impact on the game?

The plus-minus rating is represented by the difference between a player's team total scoring versus their opponent's when that player is in the game. In ice hockey, it measures a player's goal differential.


Who is the NHL plus-minus leader with a rating of +730?

Larry Robinson was a defenceman in the NHL from 1973 - 1992. He played for the Los Angeles Kings and the Montreal Canadiens - with whom he won the Stanley Cup SIX TIMES!


This current player leads the NHL all-time list of overtime goals.

Alexander Ovechkin was born on September 17, 1985, in Moscow, Russia. He was drafted 1st overall in the 2004 draft and has played for the Washington Capitals ever since.


Dave ________ is the league leader of power play goals.

David John "Dave" Andreychuk was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He was drafted 16th overall in 1982 by the Buffalo Sabres and became one of the highest-scoring left wingers in NHL history. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.


Which of the following holds the league record for most number of short-handed goals?

Wayne Gretzky leads the league in short-handed goals with 73. Mark Messier comes in second place with 63, while Steve Yzerman takes third with 50.


This player holds the all-time record for shots on goal with 6,206!

Ray Bourque played for the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche from 1979 - 2001. He won the Norris Trophy as the league's best defensemen five times! He is also Boston's longest-serving captain to date.


_________ has the greatest shooting percentage in all of NHL history.

Craig Simpson was an NHL winger who played a total of 10 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, and the Buffalo Sabres. His shooting percentage record holds at 23.66% with an 800 shots minimum.


This player ties Wayne Gretzky with 24 playoff game-winning goals.

Brett Hull was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1984 draft. He played right wing in the NHL until 2005 for the following teams: Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, and Phoenix Coyotes.


Chris _______ holds the record for the most number of playoff games played by an NHL player!

Christos Kostas Chelios was one of the longest-tenured players in the NHL, playing from 1984 - 2010. He is a three-time Stanley Cup champion - one with the Montreal Canadiens and two with the Detroit Red Wings. He played 266 playoff games in his career.


Who is the leading NHL goaltender of all time?

In his 21-season tenure with the New Jersey Devils, Martin Brodeur won three Stanley Cup championships and five Eastern Conference titles in 17 postseason runs. He caught left and is widely regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time!


Name the NHL coach who has coached the most number of games in league history.

Scotty Bowman has coached 2,141 games in the NHL. That is 534 more games than Al Arbour who is second on the list. Bowman served as NHL coach from 1967 - 2002 for the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Detroit Red Wings.


After coaching the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues, Joel Quenneville became the head coach of the _________.

Coach Quenneville has been an NHL coach since 1996. He began coaching the Blackhawks in 2008 and is known by fans and players as simply Coach Q or just Q!


Chris Neil, heavy on the penalty minutes, has played his entire NHL career with this team...

Neil was born on June 17, 1979, in Flesherton, Ontario. He plays right wing and shoots right in the NHL after having started his career playing minor hockey in his hometown of Flesherton.


This goaltender has the most number of playoff wins in NHL history.

Patrick Roy is credited with 151 playoff wins in NHL records. In second place is Martin Brodeur with 113, while Grant Fuhr is in third place with 92.


One of the greatest NHL players in history, Marcel Dionne, went by the nickname _______.

Marcel Dionne played for the Red Wings, Kings and Rangers during his 18-season career. "Little Beaver" stood just 5 feet 8 inches tall!


For which NHL team did Mark Messier NOT play?

Mark Messier is considered one of the greatest NHL players of all time. He is a six-time Stanley Cup champion—five with the Oilers and one with the Rangers. He was originally selected by the Oilers 48th overall in the 1979 NHL draft.


After playing 10 seasons with the Boston Bruins, NHL Hall of Famer, Bobby Orr, played his final two seasons with the ________.

Bobby Orr played defense in the NHL from 1966 - 1978. He holds the record for most points and assists in a single season by a defenseman. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 at the age of 31!


Coach Toe Blake won the Stanley Cup ten times as a player or coach for which of the following teams?

Joseph Hector "Toe" Blake was born in 1912 and played for the Canadiens from 1934 - 1948. He then went on to coach that same team from 1955 - 1968, appearing in the playoffs 13 times and winning the Stanley Cup 8 times!


This former player currently holds records for most career goals, assists, and points by a defenseman in the NHL.

Ray Bourque was born on December 28, 1960, in Saint-Laurent, Quebec. He was selected 8th overall in the 1979 draft by the Boston Bruins.


Hall of Famer Joe _______ played his entire 21-year career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche.

Joe Sakic is considered one of the greatest team leaders in league history. He was named Captain of the team in 1992 and led his team to Stanley Cup titles in both 1996 and 2001.


After starting his career with the Kings and Bruins, for which team does Milan Lucic currently play?

Lucic was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1988. He stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 235 pounds. Lucic is a left wing, though he is known for playing physically in the style of a power forward.


In Game Two of the 2011 NHL Finals, this right wing became the oldest player ever to score in a Stanley Cup Finals series...

Mark Recchi was selected 67th overall in 1998 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played 22 years in the NHL, winning three Stanley Cups and is now the assistant coach of the Penguins!


_______ Huddy holds the NHL record for best plus-minus rating in the playoffs.

Charlie Huddy's playoff plus-minus rating is +82. He is the current assistant coach of the Winnipeg Jets following his career as an undrafted defenseman in the NHL from 1979 - 1997.


Current NHL leading goaltender Robert Luongo has played for the Islanders and Canucks, and now plays for the _________.

The Florida Panthers team was founded in 1993. They are members of the Eastern Atlantic Division and play at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Luongo catches left and has been playing in the NHL since 1998.


This incredible goaltender holds the league record for regular season shutouts.

Martin Brodeur is a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, a five-time Jennings Trophy winner, a ten-time NHL All-Star, and a Calder Memorial Trophy winner! He is one of only two NHL goaltenders to score a goal in both the regular season and the playoffs.


For which of the following NHL teams did Wayne Gretsky NOT play?

After his retirement in 1999, Wayne Gretzky was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The NHL retired his jersey number 99 league-wide, making him the only player to receive this honor!


In which year did Phil Esposito join the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Phil Esposito is #2 on the list of most game-winning goals in NHL history. He scored 118 game-winning goals during his career and is considered one of the best to have ever played in the NHL.


This high-scoring NHL player was nicknamed "The Finnish Flash" during his 21-season career.

Teemu Selänne was born in Helsinki, Finland on July 3, 1970. He was drafted 10th overall in 1988 by the Winnipeg Jets. He is the highest-scoring Finn in NHL history and #11 in overall NHL history with 684 goals.


Which NHL coach holds the record for most wins in league history?

William Scott Bowman was born on September 18, 1933, in Verdun, Quebec. As an NHL coach, he won 1,244 games in the regular season and 223 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He also won 9 Stanley Cups!


Dominik _______ holds the NHL's goaltender record for highest regular season save percentage.

Born in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia in 1965, Dominik Hasek was drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks in 1983 and played in the NHL for 16 seasons. He was nicknamed "The Dominator" and is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings.


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