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Well Said: 500-goal edition

Wednesday, 10.17.2007 / 9:21 AM / History

By Compiled By - NHL.com Staff

Here is a compilation of quotes from NHL players on their 500th goals.

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“After I scored twice with 50 minutes to go in the game, I really thought about it. If I had come out of the game with 499, pressure would have built up if I went six or seven games without scoring. It’s a wonderful feeling now that it’s over.”
-- Montreal’s Jean Beliveau to The Hockey News, Feb. 26, 1971.

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“The goal itself was weird. I actually missed my shot, but the puck rolled after having come off the heel of my stick.”
-- Montreal’s Frank Mahovlich to The Hockey News, April 6, 1973.

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“It was a thrill and a relief, a weight off my shoulders.”
-- Chicago’s Stan Mikita to The Hockey News March 11, 1977.

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”I knew it was in when I saw Chico (Resch) go down. I'm glad it's over. I have been playing football the last couple weeks trying not to think about it. Now I can start playing hockey.”
-- Montreal’s Guy Lafleur to the New York Times, Dec. 21, 1983.

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”It was nice that it happened so quickly that I didn't have time to think much about it. My career didn't end last night with 500 goals. I'm looking for bigger numbers. I’m not done yet.”
-- The Islanders’ Mike Bossy to the New York Times, Jan 4., 1986.

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”It's a good feeling at home after playing 16 years with the Sabres. I wanted to score it at home. The fans are unbelievable.”
-- Buffalo’s Gilbert Perreault to United Press International, March 10, 1986.

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"I didn't want to get it on the road. I was really hoping I'd get it tonight. Glen (Sather) double-shifted me in the last 10 minutes. I told him I didn't want to get it anywhere but Edmonton."
-- Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky to the Associated Press, Nov. 23, 1986.

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”It is great that I could get the goal in Calgary, which is so close to home and in front of my family. My folks are here, my wife, Ardell, and some of her family are here, so it is a family affair. I could not be happier.”
-- Calgary’s Lanny McDonald to United Press International, March 22, 1989.

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"It's a nice reflection on me, but also on the guys I played with, players past and present, as well as the coaching staff and the system. You've got to be with a good team, with quality players."
-- The Islanders’ Bryan Trottier to the Los Angeles Times, Feb. 14, 1990.

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"It's probably the quietest 500 goals ever. But I feel I've gotten recognition within the hockey ranks. That's important to me. I work at being a goal-scorer. There are some goal-scorers where it's just a natural thing. I always felt I had to work hard to get my chances. I still feel that way (after 500)."
-- The Rangers’ Mike Gartner to the Vancouver Sun, Nov. 20, 1991.

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“It was the kind of goal you like to score. The puck was bouncing and while my move may not have been the greatest, I was able to get it into the left side of the net. When I read the other 16 names in front of me, I'm sure I'll be in shock.”
--Chicago’s Michel Goulet to the Associated Press, Feb. 17, 1992.

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”I definitely hoped Wayne Gretzky would have passed me the puck (because) he's been in on a lot of my goals. It is, though, just an unbelievable feeling to put your name up there with a lot of great players.”
-- The Kings’ Jari Kurri to USA Today, Oct. 18, 1992.

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"I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I wasn't nervous about the whole thing. I'm glad it's over. It was a big goal and a big win… (My Dad’s) my biggest fan, he's always been there for me. I'm just glad he was here to see it."
-- Minnesota’s Dino Ciccarelli to the Associated Press, Jan. 9, 1994.

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"To score 500 goals has been the mark of great players. It was a relief, too, because I hadn't been playing very well earlier this year."
-- Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux to the Canadian Press, Oct. 27, 1995.

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"When you look at everything that has gone on, I've never really put a lot of emphasis on goal scoring throughout my career. Playing behind Wayne all those years, it wasn't until he got traded that I was thrust into a real offensive role. I've never considered myself a natural goal scorer. I've always considered myself a playmaker and have taken pride in setting up my wingers. I guess if you hang around long enough, a few of them are going to go in."
-- The Rangers’ Mark Messier to the Associated Press, Nov. 7, 1995.

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"I'm very happy to score it here in Detroit. In my 13 years here I've seen a lot of familiar faces in the stands, people who have been season-ticket holders. I'm glad I was able to get it here for them."
-- Detroit’s Steve Yzerman to the Associated Press, Jan. 18, 1996.

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"I haven't done it yet, but sometime soon I want to look at the list of 500-goal scorers. I know that the game's greatest players have topped that figure and when I see the company I've joined with that goal, I will know that I've accomplished something very good."
-- St. Louis’ Dale Hawerchuk to the Toronto Star, Feb. 1, 1996.

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"It's been a long wait. But I'll tell you what, the way I feel right now and the way the fans were excited, it was well worth it. I didn't want that feeling to end."
-- St. Louis’ Brett Hull to the Associated Press, Dec. 23, 1996.

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"I've pressed all year for this goal and it's been a long season just trying to get the goal. Now that the season is winding down, I was wondering if it was ever going to come. Maybe I can relax now."
-- Pittsburgh’s Joe Mullen to the Associated Press, March 15, 1998

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"I'm glad it's over. I'm excited inside, but it's a relief. I thought about it every time I stepped on the ice - that was the problem. There have not been too many pretty goals in the 500, but it seems that pucks came to me (in the crease area) a lot over the years and that's how I keep getting goals.”
-- The Devils’ Dave Andreychuk to the Associated Press, March 16, 1997.

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"I saw Maurice Richard and Guy Lafleur, and I said; 'Wow.' I never thought I was going to be ranked with players like that,” Robitaille said after scoring his 500th goal. “I try to get better every day. I'll do whatever it takes to play. That's my goal. That's why I'm still here."
-- Los Angeles’ Luc Robitaille to the Toronto Globe and Mail. Jan. 8, 1999.

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“I'm at a loss for words. Not many guys have done it. I'm very honored to join some of the greatest players to ever play the game. I never thought I'd do it."
-- Detroit’s Pat Verbeek to the Windsor Star, March 23, 2000

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“My first NHL goal was pretty exciting, and it's nice to get the 500th. I'm glad it wasn't a cheap goal. Patrick Roy is one of the best goaltenders to ever play, and I have a lot of respect for him. It was against a rival and it was the game-winner, and that makes it a bit more meaningful."
-- Detroit’s Brendan Shanahan to the Washington Post, March 24, 2002.

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"The ovation was a surprise, but they've got great fans (in Vancouver). They love their Canucks and I'm very appreciative of the fact that I got the ovation. It's my hometown and I had a lot of people here, so I'm glad I could get it over with for them.”
-- Colorado’s Joe Sakic to the Vancouver Sun, Dec. 12, 2002.

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"I'm extremely proud; the list of players who have done it, in relation to all those who have played in the NHL, wow."
-- New Jersey’s Joe Nieuwendyk to the New York Post, Jan. 18, 2003.

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"It's certainly a fun way to get my 500th goal. It's a special way. I'm very proud of it. It's an achievement not many players have reached in this league, and once I'm retired, I'm going to appreciate it even more. I'll remember this game for my whole life."
-- Toronto’s Mats Sundin to the Toronto Star, Oct. 15, 2006.

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"This is a special night in my career, and its extra special that it came in a win at home. I didn't care how it went in, off a knee, a deflection. It was nice to see it turned out being meaningful."
-- Dallas’ Mike Modano to the Dallas Morning News, March 14, 2007.

 

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