Points may be a bit harder to come by in today’s NHL, but it wasn’t always that way. It wasn’t unusual to see several players reach the 50 or 60-goal mark in a season a few decades ago and also break the 100-point barrier on a regular basis. In fact, defensemen used to rack up 100 points back then and challenge for the Art Ross Trophy. While that’s not the case anymore, we’ll take a look back in time and feature 14 Unbelievable Point Totals From NHL Defensemen.
These include achievements by Hall of Famers and a few journeymen that were set during both the regular season and the playoffs. Some of these records may never be broken, such as the most points in a season at 139 and the most goals in a game at five by a defenseman. The career marks for goals, assists, and points may be passed in time, but it’s going to take a combination of both longevity and a lot of talent.
Former Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche defender Ray Bourque holds numerous NHL records for a defenseman, including the most goals, assists, and points. Paul Coffey isn’t too far behind him, in several categories and also holds several records of his own. It may take a very long time to break many of these records though since the current highest-scoring NHL defenseman is Dan Boyle of the New York Rangers with 605 career points, which is close to 1,000 behind Bourque’s mark of 1,579.
14 14. 28 Career Shorthanded Goals - Mark Howe
13 13. 60 Career Game-Winning Goals - Ray Bourque
12 12. 173 Career Power Play Goals - Ray Bourque
11 11. Most Assists in a Game by a Defenseman - 6
10 10. Most Goals in a Game by a Defenseman - 5
9 9. Most Points in a Game by a Defenseman - 8
8 8. 76 Points by a Rookie Defenseman - Larry Murphy
7 7. 37 Playoff Points in a Season by a Defenseman - Paul Coffey
6 6. 139 Points in a Season by a Defenseman - Bobby Orr
5 5. 1.393 Points-per-game by a Defenseman - Bobby Orr
4 4. 48 goals in a Season by a Defenseman - Paul Coffey
3 3. 1,169 career assists by a defenseman - Ray Bourque
2 2. 410 Career Goals by a Defenseman - Ray Bourque
1 1. 1,579 Career Points by a Defenseman - Ray Bourque
Once again we find Ray Bourque leading the way on this list with his 1,579 points being the most ever by a defenseman and 11th overall. Paul Coffey comes in as runner up again at 1,531 points. Bourque also racked up another 180 points in 214 playoff games which gives him a grand total of 1,759 points in the regular season and the postseason combined which is also a league record and just ahead of Coffey’s 1,727 points.
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