Let's be honest here. This slide show could quite possibly be titled "Wayne Gretzky's Greatest Seasons, and Then Everyone Else". Hockey is the only major sport where the records seem to be getting farther away from the players of today.
In football, baseball and basketball it seems like there are several milestones reached each year. They are individual achievements that threaten impressive single season records or they are records that reflect excellence and longevity in a career.
Does anyone really believe that these types of records will fall in hockey?
The individual record for goals in a season is 92, assists 163 and total points 215. In a full, 82 game season we would be lucky to see someone reach half of those numbers. There are unbelievable advancements in technology and equipment since these scoring records were set.
The training, fitness and nutrition programs that the modern athletes have at their disposal would certainly mean that the caliber of hockey player has improved. Yet every year, the cartoonish scoring benchmarks seem to move far away from the realm of possibility.
Consider the best players in the NHL today. Who among them pose a serious challenge to the single season records? Who can maintain a high level of play to place themselves among the greats to ever play the game?
Let's take a look at some of the greatest individual seasons in NHL history. Expect to see Gretzky more than once. He was pretty good I hear. You'll also see some names on here that wou've probably never heard of. Either way, enjoy now!