50 Goal Nuggets

50 GOAL NUGGETS


I.          OLDEST PLAYERS TO SCORE 50 GOALS:       
Johnny Bucyk, 1970-1971, Age 35, he scored 51 goals
Jaromir Jagr,    2005-2006, Age 34, he scored 54 goals


II.         YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO SCORE 50 GOALS
Wayne Gretzky, 1979-80, Age 19 (1/26/61), he netted 51 goals while
Jimmy Carson,   1987-88. Age 19 (7/20/68) scored 55 goals.


Gretzky wins by a few months even though both were only 19 years of age.


III.       OLDEST BY POSITION
C         Phil Esposito
RW      Jaromir Jagr
LW      Johnny Bucyk


IV.       YOUNGEST BY POSITION
C         Wayne Gretzky
RW      Mike Bossy
LW      Alexander Ovetchkin

V.        MOST SEASONS SCORING 50 GOALS



Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky each hit the mark 9 times in their career.  Technically speaking, Bobby Hull did it 9 times as well, only he did it 5 times in the NHL and 4 more times in the WHA.

VI.       BY DECADE
                        1940’s—1
                        1950’s—0
                        1960’s—5
                        1970’s—42
                        1980’s—74
                        1990’s—48
                        2000’s—20
                        2010’s---6

VII.      DIFFERENTIAL

The biggest differential from the highest goal scorer for the season to next highest scorer was in 1981-82.  That year saw Wayne Gretzky scored 92 goals while the next highest scorer that year was Mike Bossy who scored a paltry 64 goals for a 28 goal differential.

 VII.      FIFTY GOALS SCORER AND THE STANLEY CUP

Having a 50 goal scorer lately does not equate to the Stanley Cup.  At least not without having Gretzky or Lemieux on your team.  The first team to win the Stanley Cup and have a 50 goal scorer on their team was the Boston Bruins in 1972. 

Then, a run of dynasties came along.  During a 19 year run from 1976 to 1994, the Stanley Cup winner had a 50 goal scorer on the roster except for the 1986, 1990, 1991 and 1993 seasons.  The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup from 1976 to 1979 with Guy Lafleur as their main 50 goal man in each year..  A little help came in the form of Steve Schutt who had 60 one Cup winning year.  The New York Islanders won 4 in a row from 80 to 84 with Bossy and Trottier.

The Edmonton Oilers won the Cup in 84, 85, 87, 88 and 90 led by Gretzky (except in 1990 which explains the lack of having a 50 goal scorer on their team) but mixed in with Kurri, Simpson, Messier and Glenn Anderson, a 50 goal scorer was a fixture on each team that won the Cup. 

Since the Rangers won the Cup in 1994 (with 50 goal scorer Adam Graves), only two teams have had a 50 goal scorer in the winning locker room.  The Cup Champion Avalanche in 1994 and again in 2001 with Joe Sakic as the only exception.

VIII.    MAURICE ROCKET RICHARD TROPHY AND THE STANLEY CUP


The NHL has seen the leading goal scorer for a season (post 1942 and a 50 game schedule) win the Stanley Cup 6 times throughout NHL history.  The last time these two events have occurred in the same season was in 1987 when Wayne Gretzky led the Oilers to the promised land. 

IX.    PLAYERS WITH CONSECUTIVE SEASONS OF 50 GOALS

Dennis Maruk 2, 80-82
Jeremy Roenick 2,  91-93
Joe Nieuwendyk 2, 87-89
Marcel Dionne 5, 78-83
Mario Lemieux 87-89, 95-97
Pavel Bure       92-94, 99-01
Phil Esposito   70-75
Steve Yzerman 87-91
Wayne Gretzky 79-87
Bobby Hull     65-67
Brendan Shanahan 92-94
Charlie Simmer 79-81
Dany Heatley 05-07
Dave Andreychuk 92-94
John Leclair 95-98
Keith Tkachuk 95-97
Keith Stevens 91-93
Michael Goulet 82-86
Rick Martin 73-75
Brett Hull 89-94
Cam Neely 89-91
Guy Lafleur 74-80
Jari Kurri 83-87
Mike Bossy 77-86
Teemu Selanne 96-98
            Tim Kerr  83-87
            Alexander Ovechkin 13-15


FIFTY GOALS and the Stanley Cup

Having a 50 goal scorer lately does not equate to the Stanley Cup.  At least not without having Gretzky or Lemieux on your team.  The first team to win the Stanley Cup and have a 50 goal scorer on their team was the Boston Bruins in 1972.  


Then, a run of dynasties came along.  During a 19 year run from 1976 to 1994, the Stanley Cup winner had a 50 goal scorer on the roster except for the  1986, 1990, 1991 and 1993 seasons.  The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup from 1976 to 1979 with Guy Lafleur as their main 50 goal man in each year..  A little help came in the form of Steve Schutt who had 60 one Cup winning year.  The New York Islanders won 4 in a row from 80 to 84 with Bossy and Trottier.

The Edmonton Oilers won the Cup in 84, 85, 87, 88 and 90 led by Gretzky (except in 1990 which explains the lack of having a 50 goal scorer on their team) but mixed in with Kurri, Simpson, Messier and Glenn Anderson, a 50 goal scorer was a fixture on each team that won the Cup. 

Since the Rangers won the Cup in 1994 (with 50 goal scorer Adam Graves), only two teams have had a 50 goal scorer in the winning locker room.  The Cup Champion Avalanche in 1994 and again in 2001 with Joe Sakic is the only exception.