Take a stroll through the NHL’s all-time goal scoring leaders some time. It’s a worthy trip and a good chance to reconnect with some all-timers.
There’s Wayne Gretzky at the top, of course, with 894 career goals. Sitting 93 behind him is Gordie Howe, the only two skaters (so far) to reach the 800 mark. Next is the 700 club, headlined by Jaromir Jagr, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne and Phil Esposito. The most recent member of the group, Alex Ovechkin, sits at eighth all-time with 706.
And two goals above him? That’s Mike Gartner, a lightning-fast, goal-scoring machine who might also be the quietest star of his era. Part of that is location — he spent the bulk of his career with the Washington Capitals while Gretzky and Mario Lemieux owned the league — and another is the unfortunate circumstance that led to him not being part of one of the most high-profile teams of all time. Continue reading