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Top 15 NHL Players You Didn't Realize Were in the 500 Goal Club

Scoring is the most difficult thing to do in any sport. Be it scoring a goal in hockey, hitting a home run in baseball or scoring a touchdown in football, there are not many athletes that truly excelled at this craft. There are only 43 players in NHL history to have scored 500 goals and even though this list is scattered with some of the biggest stars to have ever played the game, quite a few of them accomplished this amazing feat silently.

I put those that scored the fewest goals at the bottom of my list and those that scored the most at the top. I also tried to include at least one fact for every player that most of you may not have realized. Formulating the list made me realize how many 500 goal scorers there were and how difficult this accomplishment really was.

My list is scattered with pure goal scorers, players that could do it all and tough guys with soft hands that also had the ability to score. Two of the common attributes of every player on this list are consistency and longevity in the league and those at the very top of the list are some of the most consistent goal scorers of all time.

Researching for this article opened my eyes to who belonged in the 500 goal club and even though I consider myself a big NHL fan, I too was not aware how many goals some of the members on the list scored. I tried to focus this list on those players that could score but did it with a quiet and professional nature. My thought is that scoring a goal is the most celebrated event in hockey and players that did this with respect for the game would also gain my respect.

15 Lanny McDonald

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14 Joe Mullen

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13 Peter Bondra

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12 Pierre Turgeon

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11 Pat Verbeek

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10 Bryan Trottier

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9 Keith Tkachuk

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8 Michel Goulet

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7 Ron Francis

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6 Mats Sundin

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5 Mark Recchi

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4 Jarome Iginla

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3 Dave Andreychuk

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2 Luc Robitaille

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1 Mike Gartner

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Gartner is number one of this list because of his unparalleled consistency in scoring goals and how he did this out of the spotlight. Gartner never won a Stanley Cup or made a final, never made a post-season all-star team and never won any other NHL individual award. This all despite holding the NHL record with most consecutive 30 goal seasons with 15 and most 30 goal seasons in his career with 17. He was able to get into the open and score most of his goals with his blinding speed and hard, accurate shot. Gartner totalled 708 goals in his amazing career which is seventh in NHL history. I am pretty sure most NHL fans knew Gartner scored a lot of goals in his career, but I put him number one on my list because I am pretty sure most people did not realize how consistent he was during his career.

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Top 15 NHL Players You Didn't Realize Were in the 500 Goal Club