NHL Records: The 13 Oddest Records in NHL History

Kevin Goff@@BrgBrigadeKevinContributor IMay 30, 2011

NHL Records: The 13 Oddest Records in NHL History

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    23 Apr 1995:  Goaltender Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers blocks a shot during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.  The Sabres won the game, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport
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    One thing that all fans love to do, including myself, is marvel at the great records that stand in this wonderful game, and guess which ones will be able to be broken.

    There are, of course, the sexy records. The ones about goals and points and wins, but what about the ones that are less known.

    What about the records that don't see your average cooler discussion? What about the ones that make you go, "Who's that guy?"

    This article is for those records.

Most Fighting Majors in a Career

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    Some guys just like to chuck knuckles, and one of the best to do so is Tie Domi.

    Domi has 333 career NHL fights, more than anybody else who has played the game.

    Do the math on this. Tie Domi had 3,515 career penalty minutes.

    333 multiplied by five minutes—assuming there were no misconducts involved, which there probably were—and you get 1,665. 

    About one half of his career penalty minutes were fights.

    I suppose this one isn't so much odd—because fighting is part of the NHL—but the number of fights is the thing that makes this one special, in my mind.

    Also, I'm pretty sure this doesn't include the fight Domi had with that fan in Philly.

Most Scars on a Player's Head

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    This is an interesting record that I read about and couldn't make this list without including it.

    This is a hard one to verify, and won't really appear in any of the actual NHL record books, but it "has been said" that Eddie Shore, the legendary Boston Bruins defenseman, logged an amazing 19 scars from stitches just to his head.

    Shore did play for the Bruins during the 20s, 30s, and part of the 40s, so the old time hockey mentality could definitely account for this amazing record.

Most Career Ties by an NHL Goalie

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 09: The mask worn by Terry Sawchuk on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 9, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Yes, to the newer fans of the game who might see this and wonder, there did used to be ties in the NHL.

    They have since been removed, but that is a topic for another conversation.

    The records involving goalies that most people will talk about are wins, losses, shutouts, goals against average, etc...

    Not too many people might have even the smallest idea who might have the most ties in their career as a goalie.

    Well, if the mask above wasn't enough of a clue, the answer would be Terry Sawchuck, who had 172 career ties in his illustrious career as a goalie.

    Unless the rules are once again changed to bring the tie back, then this record will never be broken.

Fastest Hat-Trick Ever Recorded

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    Associated Press

    This record isn't so much odd as it is incredibly impressive. 

    I can't imagine the circumstances that led to this type of record as I wasn't alive when it happened, and can only speculate.

    Billy Mosienko recorded a hat-trick in a 1952 game against the New York Rangers, and it only took him 21 seconds to do it.

    Just thinking about how that must have happened makes me shake my head.

    That is a record that could potentially be broken, but would have to have absolutely everything go right in order to do it.

Most Career Goals by a Goalie

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    We're all familiar with records regarding goal scoring and the legends of the game that come along with them.

    Of course, they're usually forwards that have tallied those types of numbers.

    Not too often does anybody remember that goalies occasionally get the itch to bury the puck in the opposing team's net as well.

    There is actually a tie for this particular record, career goals by a goalie, between Ron Hextall and Martin Brodeur.

    Both goalies have managed to put the biscuit in the basket twice in their careers.

    Billy Smith is the first goalie credited with a goal, but Hextall was the first one to shoot it into the net from his end of the ice.

    Other goalies who have scored goals include:  Chris Osgood, Jose Theodore, and Evgeni Nabakov.

Worst +/- in a Single Season

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    Rookie first overall pick Greg Joly (middle) was unable to help the Washington Capitals avoid being the worst team in the league in 1974-75.
    Rookie first overall pick Greg Joly (middle) was unable to help the Washington Capitals avoid being the worst team in the league in 1974-75.William Smith/Associated Press

    Plus/minus is a stat that not a lot of people really take seriously.

    Frequently dismissed as a meaningless stat, plus/minus can give you a bit of a insight as to how effective a player was when they were on the ice.

    By and large, the plus/minus kind of evens out over a player's career.

    But if it is a really high plus number, it's very impressive. 

    On the other hand, if the number is really low, then it's quite depressing.

    That is the case for Bill Mikkelson of the Washington Capitals.

    Mikkelson was an NHL all-time worst -82 during the 1974-1975 NHL season.

    The worst part about this stat, he only played in 59 games.  Meaning that he was on the ice for an average of more than one goal per game.


Most Amount of Time Spent in Equipment After Winning the Stanley Cup

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    9 Jun 2001: Shjon Podein of the Colorado Avalanche is doused with beer in the locker room after defeating the New Jersey Devils to win the Stanley Cup finals at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Devils 3-1 to win the series
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    This is one of those records that makes one ask the everlasting question, "What on earth made him think of doing that?

    Also an unofficial record, Shjon Podein spent a full 25 hours, to match his jersey number, in his hockey gear after the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 2001.

    Podein even slept with his equipment on, apparently.

    This was just the thing that Podein needed to do to make his Stanley Cup moment that much more memorable.

Most Goalies Used in a Single Season

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    24 Jan 1995:  Goaltender Stephane Fiset of the Quebec Nordiques looks on during a game against the Washington Capitals at the Quebec Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec.  The Nordiques won the game, 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge  /Allsport
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    With the way things have gone over the past couple of season, one might expect to see the Philadelphia Flyers on this list, but not so!

    This particularly infamous record is shared by three teams.

    The '07-'08 L.A. Kings, the '02-'03 St. Louis Blues, and the '89-'90 Quebec Nordiques were all forced to go through seven different goalies in one season.

    Only one of those teams made the playoffs, that was the Blues.

    The worst of each of these was the Nordiques, who were a whopping 12-61-7 that year.

    The goalies that they use were Ron Tugnutt, Greg Millen, Scott Gordon, Mario Brunetta, Sergei Mylnikov, Stephane Fiset, and John Tanner.

    Tugnutt led the team in wins with five.


Biggest Differential Between Goals and Assists in One Season

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    In the late '80s and early '90s, Brett Hull put together some seriously amazing goal scoring campaigns.

    From 1989 to 1992, Brett Hull put together seasons of 72, 86, and 70 goals.

    However, "The Golden Brett," as he is called, was not quite as prolific in the assists that he tallied.

    In the 1990 - 1991 NHL season, Hull scored a total of 86 goals, but only logged 45 assists. 

    That is a differential of 41, which is the largest in NHL history for players with more goals.

    Not terribly surprising, considering Hull was one of the most legendary snipers in the game. His job was to score, but that differential is still pretty huge.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, Wayne Gretzky had 163 assists to "just" 52 goals in the 1985 - 1986 season to record the highest season point total of his career, for a differential of 111.

Most Goalies Used in a Playoff Series

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    16 Jan 1996:  Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin of the Winnipeg Jets looks on during a game against the Washington Capitals at the USAir Arena in Landover, Maryland.  The game was a tie, 1-1. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger  /Allsport
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    Strangely enough, the Flyers are not a the winner of this particular distinction either.

    In the 1985 - 1986 playoffs, the Calgary Flames absolutely man-handled the Winnipeg Jets, and made them use four different goalies in only three games.

    Several other teams have used three goalies in one series, but the Jets managed to squeak past all the others in this one.

    Perhaps the Flyers can top this one in time as well, although four goalies in three games is pretty tough to top.

Most Penalty Minutes in a Single Season by a Goalie

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    25 May 1997:  Goaltender Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers stands in goal during a playoff game against the New York Rangers at the Corestates Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Flyers won the game 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge  /Alls
    Robert Laberge/Getty Images

    A stat not often thought of, as goalies really are only ever called for things like delay of game and maybe your occasional roughing or tripping penalty.

    One really doesn't expect to see goalies tally more than maybe 10 minutes a year, and that would be a bad year.

    Then we met Ron Hextall, who was as aggressive to his opponents as he was playing and handling the puck.

    In the 1988 - 1989 season, Hextall piled up 113 penalty minutes.

    The two previous season, he logged 104 penalty minutes each.

    Hextall was very unique in his aggressiveness and penchant for taking penalties.

Most Games Played Between Goals

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    12 Feb 2002:  Defenseman Ken Daneyko #3 of the New Jersey Devils skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Devils tied the Sabres, 2-2.   \ Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2002 NHLI \ Manda
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    Some players just don't score a lot of goals, that is just a fact of the game.

    Though most players are usually able to tally one over the course of the season, for some that doesn't happen.

    Unless you were Ken Daneyko.

    Daneyko played defense for the New Jersey Devils for a very long time and was very much a stay at home type of defenseman.

    At one point, he went 255 games without scoring a goal.

    A season is 82 games, which means that Daneyko went more than three without scoring a goal.

    Now that is a drought.

Most Shorthanded Goals on a Single Penalty

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    Shorthanded goals are a very rare occurrence in the NHL.

    It isn't very often that you see a team that has one fewer player on the ice than the other team get a good scoring chance, let alone score a goal.

    Well, somebody forgot to tell that to the Boston Bruins that on April 10th, 2010.

    On this evening, the Bruins scored an NHL record three goals on the same penalty kill.

    To make it even better, this was all on a carry over portion of a penalty from a previous period, so they didn't have the full two minutes to score all these goals.

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