The first recorded use of the word hockey came in 1773, and it is used to identify a game that involves two opposing teams trying to score a point by moving a ball or puck with a curved stick. The game of hockey, at its core, has remained more or less the same since its inception, but it has indeed changed a lot over time, and it would appear as though those changes have payed off, as hockey has become one of the top four professional sports in North America. The National Hockey League is the best professional hockey league in the world, as it showcases the greatest players from all over the world, who compete to win the Stanley Cup.
The NHL’s first season took place in 1917-1918, and at the time, it was comprised of six original teams, but through numerous expansions, it has now increased to a grand total of thirty. The league has seen thousands of players compete on the ice, and of those players, there are many hall of famers who have cemented themselves in history for scoring an insane amount of points. Wayne Gretzky currently has the most points all time with 2,857 points spread over 894 goals and 1,963 assists, and even though there are no current players close to reaching his record, that does not mean that there are not players today with incredible point totals. Here is a list of the top 15 current NHL players with the most points all time.
15 Henrik Zetterberg - 836 Points
For the past two decades, the Detroit Red Wings have been considered to be one of the best teams at drafting players and developing them, and Henrik Zetterberg is one of the reasons why they have had so much success. Zetterberg was drafted 210th overall in 1999 and did not make his debut until the 2002 season, and since then, he has been one of Detroit’s best players, even being named the MVP of the Stanley Cup final when the Wings won it all in 2008. The Swedish born center/winger, has spent his entire 13 year NHL career with Detroit, and in that time, he has scored 836 points consisting of 309 goals and 527 assists.
14 Alex Tanguay - 863 Points
In 1998, Alex Tanguay was drafted 12th overall by the Colorado Avalanche, the team with which he won a Stanley Cup with in 2001, and the team that he spent a combined nine seasons with. His nearly 17 year career has also taken him to play in Calgary, Montreal, Tampa Bay and most recently Arizona. Tanguay has been a versatile player throughout his career, and in that time he has amassed a total of 863 points which is made up of 283 goals and 580 assists, good enough to have the fourteenth most points among current players.
13 Pavel Datsyuk - 918 Points
Pavel Datsyuk is yet another example of why the Detroit Red Wings have been so successful for so many years. Datsyuk is known in the NHL as “The Magic Man” because of his sometimes otherworldly stick-handling skills, but aside from that, he is also to this day, still considered to be one of the best two-way players in the game. He was drafted by Detroit 171st overall in 1998, and since joining the team in 2001, he has been an integral part of the Red Wings’ offense, helping to lead the team to two Stanley Cup championships. In his nearly 15 year career with Detroit, he has scored 918 points, comprised of 314 goals and 604 assists.
12 Brad Richards - 932 Points
Brad Richards was drafted 64th overall in 1998 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and it was with Tampa Bay that he undeniably had the most success with, as the centreman helped to lead the Lightning to a Stanley Cup title in 2004, being named the MVP of that final in the process. After spending the first seven years of his career with Tampa, Richards went on to play with Dallas, the New York Rangers, Chicago (with whom he won another cup with), and with Detroit this past season. In his time spent with those teams. Richard’s has accumulated 932 points with 298 goals and 634 assists.
11 Sidney Crosby - 938 Points
In 2005, the Pittsburgh Penguins became one of the luckiest teams in NHL history, when they won the draft lottery and were able to select Sidney Crosby first overall. Crosby, at the time was considered to be a generational player similar to what Wayne Gretzky was, and even though Crosby has not beaten any of Gretzky’s more impressive scoring records in his eleven years in the NHL, he is still without a doubt one of best players in the league. He has helped lead the Penguins to three Stanley Cup Finals, winning the cup in 2009 and now again in 2016; and adding to those accomplishments is the fact that he will undoubtedly pass the 1,000 point mark, as he currently has 940 points consisting of 338 goals and 602 assists.
10 Daniel Sedin - 942 Points
In 1999, the Vancouver Canucks did something very few NHL teams are able to do, they drafted twin brothers in the same draft, taking Daniel Sedin 2nd overall right before drafting his twin brother Henrik 3rd overall. The Swedish left-winger started playing in 2000, and has spent his entire NHL career with Vancouver, where he has been a pivotal part of the team’s offense for a decade now; he was also very important in the Canucks’ playoff run in 2011. While in Vancouver, Daniel has scored 942 points made up of 355 goals and 587 assists
9 Shane Doan - 945 Points
Shane Doan was drafted 7th overall in 1995 by the first incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets, and he has stayed with the franchise his entire career even after it moved to Phoenix and became the Coyotes in 1996. In his now twenty year playing career, Doan has become the franchise's all-time leading goal scorer, and he is currently the longest serving active team captain in the NHL. The Coyotes’ prized right winger has been described as the heart and soul of the franchise, and who could disagree with that as he has amassed 945 points with the team, including 396 goals and 549 assists.
8 Alexander Ovechkin - 966 Points
With the first overall pick in 2004, the Washington Capitals drafted the highly skilled Russian left winger Alexander Ovechkin. He has spent his entire eleven year NHL career with Washington, and ever since he debuted with the team in 2005, he has been one of the most productive and elite players in the entire league. He has scored the most goals in the league in six different seasons, and not only has he become the franchise’s all-time leading point scorer, but he is also the leading goal scorer among all Russian-born players to ever play in the NHL. He may have not won a Stanley Cup yet, but he has managed to score 966 points, including 525 goals and 441 assists.
7 Henrik Sedin - 970 Points
As mentioned earlier, Henrik Sedin is Daniel’s twin brother, and he was drafted third overall by Vancouver in 1999. He and his brother both play on the Canucks’ top line, something that is not new, as they have always played on the same line together since they were kids. Whereas his brother Daniel is considered to be the goal scorer, Henrik is the playmaker, and has become both the team’s captain and the franchise’s leading point scorer. As of now, he has scored 970 points made up of 222 goals and 748 assists.
6 Patrik Elias - 1025 Points
At forty years old, Patrik Elias is one of the oldest active players in the NHL, and he has been a member of the New Jersey Devils for twenty seasons now, ever since they drafted him 51st overall in 1994. The left winger from the Czech Republic has been a very versatile and useful player for the Devils, helping them to win two Stanley Cups in both 2000 and 2003. Elias is now the franchise’s leader in goals scored, assists, and overall points, as he currently has 1,025 points spread out between 408 goals and 617 assists.
5 Patrick Marleau - 1036 Points
In 1997, the San Jose Sharks drafted Patrick Marleau second overall, and since picking him almost two decades ago, he has remained a member of the Sharks’ roster. The Canadian left winger has accomplished many things in his NHL career, including being one of only 36 players to play in over 1,400 games, and has helped to lead the Sharks into the playoffs multiple times, including this year when they lost to the Penguins in the Stanley Cup final. As of now, Marleau is also the franchise’s leading point and goal scorer, as he has accumulated 1,036 points which includes 481 goals and 555 assists.
4 Marian Hossa - 1089 Points
With the 12th overall pick in 1997, the Ottawa Senators selected Marian Hossa, and after debuting with the team later that year, he did not disappoint in terms of skill level, as he was (and still is) both a productive point scorer and defender. Hossa spent seven seasons with Ottawa, but he went on to play for Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Detroit; but for the past seven seasons, he has played for the Chicago Blackhawks, where he serves as one of the team’s core members, helping to lead Chicago to three Stanley Cup championships in 2010, 2013, and 2015. In his nearly twenty year playing career, Hossa has amassed 1,089 points made up of 499 goals and 590 assists.
3 Jarome Iginla - 1273 Points
In 1995, with the 11th overall pick, The Calgary Flames selected right winger Jarome Iginla, a man who would go on to be the face of the Flames’ franchise for nearly eighteen seasons. While with Calgary, Iginla was known for his offensive capabilities and for his physical play style which included getting into fights when it was appropriate. The fans in Calgary loved him, and that is not surprising considering he served as captain for many years and currently still leads the franchise in points and goals scored. His career has seen him leave Calgary though, and he has played in Pittsburgh, Boston, and now Colorado, and in all that time he has scored 1,273 points consisting of 611 goals and 662 assists.
2 Joe Thornton - 1341 Points
In 1997, the Boston Bruins drafted Joe Thornton with the first overall pick, and ever since coming into the league later that year, he has consistently been one of the most productive players in the NHL. He stayed with the Bruins for the first seven years of his career, then they traded him to San Jose in 2006, the team with which he continues to play for today. Thornton is known for his skillful passing ability and puck possession, and the fact that he is a power forward makes him one of the hardest centermen to play against in the league. His skills have earned him MVP honors and awards, but he still continues his quest of winning his first Stanley Cup, an accomplishment that would help cement a career that has seen him score 1,341 points consisting of 377 goals and 964 assists.
1 Jaromir Jagr - 1868 Points
Jaromir Jagr can now be considered an ageless wonder, as at the age of 44, not only is he still playing in the NHL, but he is still a fairly good productive player. Jagr was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins fifth overall in 1990, an absolute steal in today’s world. He played his first eleven NHL seasons with Pittsburgh, and his offensive prowess helped to lead the team to back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. After Pittsburgh, he played for Washington, the New York Rangers, and then after a multi-year absence to play in Russia, he came back to play for Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, New Jersey, and now the Florida Panthers. After this past season, Jagr now has 1,868 points, which now places him third overall in terms of all time NHL points, behind only Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky; and he accomplished this by scoring 749 goals and 1,119 assists.