The National Hockey League (NHL) has existed in North America for nearly a century. Throughout those years, thousands of players have stepped onto the ice to compete for their respective clubs in an attempt to win the Stanley Cup. Perhaps more than any sport, hockey is a team game that requires a balanced roster for prolonged success. It takes a variety of players to compose a championship team. Superstars, grinders, stay-at-home defensemen, and reliable goaltenders: all are necessary components to a prosperous NHL franchise.
Given the team nature of the sport, it is all the more impressive when one player is talented enough to receive individual recognition for their efforts. With thirty teams in the league today, it is hard enough for a current player to win an annual award. But with ninety-nine years of history, it’s truly arduous to break a NHL record.
Players like Wayne Gretzky and Martin Brodeur were able to cement their legendary status by setting numerous records in well-known categories such as most career point and most regular-season shutouts. While these records are indeed impressive, hockey is a unique sport and boasts its share of unique accolades.
Whether simply odd, notably impressive, or downright ridiculous, here are ten NHL records you won’t believe.