The 1992-93 season was a historic year for the NHL. In total, 21 players had at least 100 points, with a low of 100 and a high of 160. That’s a median of 130 points! Think about that for a second. This past season, only one player (Patrick Kane) had more than 100 points, while no one else even made it to 90. The year before that, the highest scorer was Jamie Benn, with just 87 points, little more than half of the points leader in 92-93 (in fact, Benn’s 87 points would have put him tied for 35th in the league).
Even though the number of goals per game hasn’t changed much in recent years, players today simply do not score at the pace at which they once did, and Gretzky’s record 215 points in 1985-86 seems certain to stand forever.
Perhaps most impressive about this list is the fact that Wayne Gretzky isn’t on it. Due to injuries, which limited The Great One to just 45 games during the season, Gretzky had 65 points, on pace for well over 100.
In ascending order, here are the 21 players who had 100 or more points during the 1992-93 season, and here’s what they’re up to today.
21. Ron Francis—100 Points
In total, there are 4 Pittsburgh Penguins on this list. Bringing up the rear is center Ron Francis, who had 100 points exactly, most of which came by way of assists (76). This was Francis’s second of three 100 point seasons. He had his first triple-digit point season with the Hartford Whalers in 1989-90, when he had a career high 32 goals. Francis’s 100-point campaign in 92-93 was surely aided by the likes of Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens, and Rick Tocchet, who had 69, 55, and 48 goals respectively.
Nowadays, Francis is the General Manager of his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes. Before being named GM, he became a minority owner of the team with four other investors.
20. Theo Fleury—100 Points
The 92-93 season was Theo Fleury’s second and last 100-point season, his first coming two years prior when he scored 51 goals and had 53 assists. Becoming more of a playmaker, Fleury shared the puck a lot more in 92-93, and had 66 assists to just 34 goals. He also had 12 points in just 6 playoff games that year, as his Calgary Flames were eliminated in the first round by the Los Angeles Kings.
After struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, Fleury, an 8th round draft pick turned NHL all-star, saw his career come to an unfortunate and sudden end in 2006, after he was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Fortunately, with the help of his wife, he was able to overcome his addictions and is now focusing on a music career. In 2015, he released I Am Who I Am, his debut country album. He said of his new career path: “It was the same way when I played hockey. I may not have felt great a lot of nights, but I had a job to do and that was to win hockey games. You throw a puck on the ice I’ll give you everything I got. And this is no different.”
19. Brett Hull—101 Points
After three 100+ point seasons, with a career high 131 in 1990-91, Hull recorded his fourth and final triple-digit point season in 1992-93 while with the St. Louis Blues. Despite seeing his goal total decrease slightly, Hull tallied a career high 47 assists.
After two decades in the NHL, Hull retired in 2006 with 1,391 career points, 741 of which came by way of goals. Like many former players, Hull now works for his former team. After serving as the co-general manager of the Dallas Stars, he became the Executive Vice President of the Blues, overlooking business development within the organization.
18. Joseph Juneau—102 Points
On a list made up almost entirely of superstars, Joe Juneau’s name surely stands out. Born in Pont-Rouge, Quebec, Juneau was drafted in the 4th round out of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he had put up 63 points in just 29 games. After his rookie season in 1991-92, wherein he had 19 points in 14 games, Juneau broke onto the scene in a big way in his first full NHL campaign, racking up 102 points for the Boston Bruins.
Call it beginner’s luck, because the 92-93 season turned out to be Juneau’s best, as he failed to get more than 72 points in any of his following seasons, which were often shortened due to injuries. After his impressive start with the Bruins, he was soon traded to the Washington Capitals, who didn’t have players of quite the same caliber as Juneau’s former line mates, Cam Neely and Adam Oates.
After retiring from the NHL in 2004, Juneau jumped into the real world and got a job as an account manager and partner of Harfan Technologies.
17. Joe Sakic—105 Points
Unlike Juneau, Joe Sakic’s 100+ point 92-93 season was not a fluke. Drafted 15th overall by Quebec in 1987, Sakic already had two 100+ point seasons with the Nordiques before 92-93, when he tied his career high in goals with 48 (he would go on to net 54 goals in 00-01 with the Colorado Avalanche).
After a long and successful career, with 1,641 points, Sakic retired in 2009 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame three years later, along with Adam Oates, Pavel Bure, and Mats Sundin, who are all on this list. As of May 2013, he is the Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Avalanche.
16. Craig Janney—106 Points
Despite having played very few full seasons in the NHL, Craig Janney, whose career was brought to a premature end due to blood clots, was almost a point per game player (760 GP, 751 P). 1992-93 was the only season in which he played more than 80 games, and he made the most of it by scoring 26 goals with 82 assists for a total of 106 points, beating out Brett Hull for the Blues’ team lead.
Janney followed up the 92-93 season with another impressive campaign in 93-94, with 84 points in just 69 games. Eventually, however, injuries took big chunks out of his playing time, and he only ever played more than 70 games in a season twice more. After serving as the interim head coach of the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League, he began working for NESN covering Hockey East games.
15. Jeremy Roenick—107 Points
As a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, Jeremy Roenick had three consecutive 100+ point seasons, with the 92-93 being the second of the three. He scored 107 points that year, tied for his career best, helping the Blackhawks to a 47-25-12 record. After the 1994-95 lockout, Roenick was never quite the same player. He still had his fair share of points, but he failed to even come close to 100 points again.
After a long and controversial career, Roenick, who became just the third American hockey player with over 500 goals, retired in 2009, at which point he made the move from the ice to the broadcast booth, working as an analyst for TSN and NBC. He’s also made appearances on television shows such as Go On, Ghost Whisperer, and Bones.
14. Rick Tocchet—109 Points
Rich Tocchet’s 100+ point season came in the midst of a solid, yet far from spectacular, career. Drafted in the 6th round by the Flyers in 1983, he flirted with 100 points once before the 92-93 season, but for the most part was less than a point per game type forward. Not long after tallying 109 points, he was traded from the stacked Penguins and bounced around from team to team, never quite settling in. His single season best after 92-93 was just 56 points, as he went from scoring 48 goals to no more than 26 goals.
In 2006, roughly four years after retiring, Tocchet was at the heart of a sports gambling ring that involved several current NHL players. In 2007, he pleaded guilty for conspiracy and promoting gambling and was sentenced to two years probation. As soon as his probation was over, he went back to coaching in the NHL, where he remains today, currently serving as the assistant coach of his former team, the Penguins.
13. Pavel Bure—110 Points
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012, Pavel Bure is one of the best pure goal scorers in NHL history. Despite a career cut short by nagging knee injuries, “The Russian Rocket” managed to net 437 goals in just over 700 games, good enough for fourth all-time in goals per game. During the 92-93 season, Bure was 5th in the league with 60 goals.
After retiring from the NHL in 2003 while still in his early 30s, Bure voiced his displeasure at the way he was treated by his former team, the Canucks, citing the fact that he didn’t feel welcomed when he first defected from Russia. Yet at the same time he expressed his gratitude for the support of Canucks fans, and in 2013, Bure and his former team made amends, as Vancouver retired his #10 jersey. In 2016, he successfully launched the World Legends Hockey League in which former players competed in.
12. Kevin Stevens—111 Points
Kevin Stevens followed up a 123-point season in 1991-92 with 111 points in 92-93 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, placing him second overall on a stacked team that included Mario Lemieux and a young Jaromir Jagr (who finished just shy of 100 points).
Once a promising young player who seemed destined to be near the top of the leaderboard in points each year, Stevens’s career took a nose dive after he himself took a nose dive. That is, after suffering an injury wherein he landed face first into the ice, breaking his nose, he became addicted to painkillers and was arrested over twenty years later for conspiracy and intention to distribute oxycodone.
11. Mats Sundin—114 Points
It might come as a surprise to some that Mats Sundin only ever had 100 points one time. Unlike other one-timers Joe Juneau and Rick Tocchet, however, his 100+ point season wasn’t exactly an aberration. A consistent player throughout his long career, Sundin was almost the definition of a point per game player, with 1,349 points in 1,346 games.
After 13 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sundin turned down a two-year $20 million contract, which would have made him the highest paid player in the league, for a one-year deal with the Canucks. Shortly after retiring, the Leafs retired his #13 jersey, and he was recently added to Toronto’s “Legends Row” outside of the Air Canada Centre. Mats has since moved back to his home country of Sweden with his family, but he’s stated that the city of Toronto is still close to his heart, and he often returns.
10. Mark Recchi—123 Points
The 1992-93 season was Mark Recchi’s best year in the NHL. In his first full season after being traded across the state of Pennsylvania from the Penguins to the Flyers, he put up 123 points, with 70 assists and a career high 53 goals. Recchi would go on to have a long and successful career in the NHL, playing for 18 more seasons while bouncing around from team to team (including back to Pittsburgh and then back to the Flyers), always serving as a valuable contribution.
Recchi won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in his final season in the league, scoring a goal in the finals that made him the oldest player to do so. He couldn’t stay away from the game for long, as shortly after retiring he became a consultant for the Dallas Stars and is currently the Player Development Coach for the Penguins.
9. Luc Robitaille—125 Points
Unlike many of the players on this list, Luc Robitaille wasn’t exactly a highly touted prospect. Despite putting up incredible numbers in the QMJHL, he was considered to be a poor skater and therefore wasn’t picked until the 9th round of the 1984 draft. He quickly disproved his critics, however, and had his first 100+ point season his second year in the league. He followed it up with two more 100+ point seasons before 92-93, when he had career highs in goals (63) and points (125).
Robitaille played for two decades in the NHL, amassing nearly 1,400 career points. He now works for his former team, the Los Angeles Kings, as the President of business operations. His stepson, Steven R. McQueen (grandson of famous American actor Steve McQueen) is one of the stars of the popular television series The Vampire Diaries.
8. Alexander Mogilny—127 Points
Drafted in the 5th round out of Russia, Alexander Mogilny had already proven in his three years in the NHL that he could score goals, but the 1992-93 was when he truly broke out. Of his 127 points, 76 came by way of goals (and with just 77 games played that season, he fell just shy of averaging a goal per game).
Mogilny would have one more 100+ point season, but he failed to live up to the pace that he had set in 92-93. After playing out his final years in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs (and a brief stop in New Jersey), Mogilny retired in 2006 and returned to Russia, where he is currently the president of Amur Khabarovsk, a team in the KHL. After retiring, former Leafs teammate and captain Mats Sundin claimed that Mogilny was the best player he’d ever played with.
7. Doug Gilmour—127 Points
Not to be outdone by his future Leafs teammate (teammates for one game, mind you), Doug Gilmour tied Mogilny in points during the 1992-93 season. Unlike Mogilny, however, Gilmour, a skilled playmaker, got most of his points through assists (95 to be exact, tied for second most in the league).
Gilmour attempted to make a comeback with the Leafs in 2003, but a collision with Dave Lowry of the Flames put a sudden end to his career. His #93 jersey was retired by the Leafs in 2009, and two years later he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dougie, who was nicknamed “Killer” at the beginning of his career because of his aggressive style of play, is now the GM of his hometown team the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL.
6. Teemu Selanne—132 Points
The last player on this list to retire, it’s hard to believe that Selanne was even around in 1992-93. Not only was it his first year in the NHL, but it was also his best, tying for first in the league with goals and finishing with 132 points with the Winnipeg Jets. The Finnish-born player’s career would become defined by longevity and consistency after his rookie campaign, as he went on to play for 20 more seasons, mostly with Anaheim, roughly averaging a point per game.
At the age of 43, Selanne made his final playoff appearance with the Ducks in 2014. Proving that age was not an issue, he tallied 6 points in 12 games. But, ultimately, Anaheim was eliminated from the playoffs by Los Angeles, and Selanne took a victory lap around the rink as fans and players cheered for him one last time.
5. Pierre Turgeon—132 Points
A first overall pick in 1987, Pierre Turgeon had already had stellar seasons in the league, including a 106-point campaign in 89-90, but nothing compared to what he accomplished in 92-93, wherein he had 58 goals and 74 assists with the New York Islanders.
Turgeon would go on to play for the Canadiens, the Blues, the Stars, and the Avalanche in a career that spanned nearly two decades. After retiring, his family remained in Colorado. Despite having two 100+ points seasons and over 1,300 career points, Turgeon’s name rarely comes up in Hall of Fame consideration. In 2015, Grantland posited that Turgeon, like similar players Theo Fleury and Alexander Mogilny, “needed one or two more big years to make a strong case” for the Hall, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll never get in.
4. Steve Yzerman—137 Points
Steve Yzerman played his entire 22-season career with the Detroit Red Wings, leading the team to 3 Stanley Cups and five first-place finishes. From 1987-93, Stevie Y had six consecutive 100+ point seasons, with a career best 155 in 88-89. With 1,755 career points, the BC native ranks seventh all time (only Ron Francis has more career points than him on this list).
After retiring in 2006, Yzerman has twice served as the Executive Director of Team Canada Hockey for the Olympics, winning the gold medal each year. He is currently the General Manager of Tampa Bay, where he won the NHL General Manager of the Year Award in 2015, the first Lightning GM ever to do so.
3. Adam Oates—142 Points
With 1,420 career points, Adam Oates is widely considered one of the greatest centers of all time. What’s most impressive about his accomplishments is that he wasn’t even drafted. A self-described “punk” in his younger days, Oates took the less conventional route to the pros by playing college hockey, and he now has the record for most NHL points by a player who came from the NCAA.
Soon after his playing days came to an end, Oates became a coach. He was the assistant coach of the Lightning and Devils before being named the head coach of his former team, the Capitals, compiling a 38-30-14 record during the 2013-14 season. After failing to make the playoffs, the Caps let Oates go, at which point he was named the “co-head coach” of the Devils, sharing responsibilities with Scott Stevens.
2. Pat LaFontaine—148 Points
Pat LaFontaine broke his previous single-season scoring best by more than 40 points, thanks in large part to his 95 assists, most of which came by way of teammate Alexander Mogilny, who tied for the league lead in goals.
Due to a string of concussions, he only played one more full season (and several shortened seasons) in the NHL after his incredible 92-93 campaign. Although he played for three teams in his career, he never left the state of New York (having played for the Rangers, the Islanders, and the Sabres). And after retiring he remained in the state, serving as an executive for Buffalo. However, he didn’t stay long in the position, as he soon resigned so as to return to his previous job, serving as the Vice President of development and community affairs for the NHL.
1. Mario Lemieux—160 Points
With Gretzky injured for most of the year, it should come as no surprise that Mario Lemieux, one of the greatest hockey players of all time, led the league in points, with 69 goals and 91 assists. But what’s most incredible about Lemieux’s 160-point season is the fact that he did it in just 60 games, missing a large chunk of the year after undergoing radiation treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Even though the radiation took a toll on Lemieux physically, he returned to play on the very day of his final treatment, scoring a goal and picking up an assist against the Flyers.
After coming out of retirement once, Lemieux left the game for good in 2006. Since 1999, when he was still a member of the team, Lemieux has been a majority owner of the Penguins. Despite a number of attempts to sell the team—most notably to Jim Balsillie, who rescinded his offer at the last minute—he still owns the Penguins, who won the Stanley Cup in 2016.
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