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Sharks' Roenick eyes 500th career NHL goal as 50th Anniversary of Richard milestone nears

Thursday, 10.11.2007 / 1:06 PM / News

By Compiled By - NHL.com Staff

NEW YORK  -- Fifty years ago next week, Montreal Canadiens right wing Maurice "Rocket" Richard reached the most celebrated individual milestone in what was the 40-year history of the National Hockey League by becoming to first player to tally 500 career goals.

Richard's milestone tally came in a 3-1 Canadiens victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Montreal Forum on October 19, 1957. Richard, his teammates who earned an assist -- Jean Beliveau and Dickie Moore -- and the opposing goaltender, Glenn Hall, all are enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Richard's historic quest made a tremendous impact. "It would not be inaccurate to say that on October 19, everyone in the province of Quebec, sometime during the day, either discussed or thought about Richard and his imminent accomplishment," declared The Hockey News. "Sports observers agree that this staggering 500 total is by comparison every bit as great an achievement as the lifetime home run production of baseball's immortal Babe Ruth."

It would take close to five years after Richard's triumph for the second NHL player to reach the 500-goal milestone (Detroit's Gordie Howe on Mar. 14, 1962) and nearly 13 years for the third to do so (Chicago's Bobby Hull on Feb. 21, 1970).

In the ensuing years, the number of members in the '500-Goal Club' has increased to 39, and San Jose Sharks center Jeremy Roenick is just three goals shy of becoming the 40th.

Roenick, a nine-time NHL All-Star, entered the season with 495 career goals and tallied a pair, including the game winner, in a 3-1 victory at Vancouver on Oct. 5. The 37-year-old Boston native is vying to become just the third U.S.-born player to achieve the feat, joining Mike Modano (Livonia, Michigan, 507) and Joe Mullen (New York, NY, 502). Roenick ranks third in points, third in goals and fifth in assists among U.S.-born players. In 1,256 NHL games with Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia. Los Angeles and San Jose, he has posted 1,172 points (497 goals, 675 assists).

An unlikely source - the NHL all-time victories leader Patrick Roy -- has the distinction of allowing a League-high three 500th goals, to Detroit's Steve Yzerman (Jan. 17, 1996) and Brendan Shanahan (Mar. 23, 2002), and Pittsburgh's Joe Mullen (Mar. 14, 1997). Three of hockey's greatest goal-scorers, the New York Islanders' Mike Bossy (Jan. 2, 1986), Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky (Nov. 22, 1986) and Los Angeles' Jari Kurri (Oct. 17, 1992). tallied their 500th goal into an empty net.

500-GOAL SCORERS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Date                  Player                                    Score                      Time                     Goaltender
Oct. 19, 1957  Maurice Richard, Mtl           MTL 3 vs CHI 1    15:52, 1st (PP)     Glenn Hall
Mar. 14, 1962  Gordie Howe, Det               DET 2 at NYR      17:10, 2nd (SH)   Gump Worsley
Feb. 21, 1970  Bobby Hull, Chi                   CHI 4 vs NYR 2    16:51, 2nd (EV)   Ed Giacomin
Feb. 11, 1971  Jean Beliveau, Mtl              MTL 6 vs MIN 2       6:42, 2nd (EV)   Gilles Gilbert
Mar. 21, 1973  Frank Mahovlich, Mtl           MTL 3 vs VAN 2      1:27, 3rd (EV)    Dunc Wilson
Dec. 22, 1974  Phil Esposito, Bos             BOS 5 vs DET 4     6:49, 2nd (PP)   Jim Rutherford
Oct. 30, 1975   Johnny Bucyk, Bos             BOS 3 vs STL       12:52, 1st (EV)    Yves Belanger
Feb. 27, 1977  Stan Mikita, Chi                   CHI 3 vs VAN        13:56, 3rd (EV)    Cesare Maniago
Dec. 14, 1982  Marcel Dionne, L.A             LA 2 at WSH 7         3:00, 1st (EV)    Al Jensen
Dec. 20, 1983  Guy Lafleur, Mtl                   MTL 6 at NJ 0           8:34, 3rd (EV)   Chico Resch
Jan. 2, 1986     Mike Bossy, NYI                  NYI 7 vs BOS 5      19:43, 3rd (EV)   Empty Net
Mar. 9, 1986     Gilbert Perreault, Buf         BUF 4 vs NJ 3        10:44, 2nd (EV)  Alain Chevrier
Nov. 22, 1986   Wayne Gretzky, Edm        EDM 5 vs VAN 2      19:42, 3rd (EV)   Empty Net
Mar. 21, 1989   Lanny McDonald, Cgy      CGY 4 vs NYI 1        10:54, 1st (EV)   Mark Fitzpatrick
Feb. 13, 1990   Bryan Trottier, NYI             NYI 2 vs CGY 4          9:57, 2nd (EV)  Rick Wamsley
Oct. 14, 1991    Mike Gartner, NYR            NYR 3 vs WSH 5      3:27, 1st (PP)    Mike Liut
Feb. 16, 1992   Michel Goulet, Chi            CHI 5 vs CGY 5      19:23, 1st (EV)    Jeff Reese
Oct. 17, 1992    Jari Kurri, L.A                     LA 8 vs BOS 6        19:06, 3rd (EV)     Empty Net
Jan. 8, 1994     Dino Ciccarelli, Det          DET 6 at LA 3            4:20, 3rd (EV)     Kelly Hrudey
Oct. 26, 1995   Mario Lemieux, Pit            PIT 7 at NYI 5          17:12, 3rd (EV)     Tom Soderstrom
Nov. 6, 1995    Mark Messier, NYR           NYR 4 vs CGY 2     12:32, 3rd (EV)     Rick Tabaracci
Jan. 17, 1996  Steve Yzerman, Det          DET 3 vs COL 2        7:52, 2nd (PP)    Patrick Roy
Jan. 31, 1996  Dale Hawerchuk, StL       STL 4 at TOR 0       10:26, 3rd (EV)     Felix Potvin
Dec. 22, 1996 Brett Hull, StL                     STL 7 vs LA 4          10:25, 3rd (EV)     Stephane Fiset
Mar. 14, 1997  Joe Mullen, Pit                   PIT 3 at COL 6         16:01, 2nd (EV)    Patrick Roy
Mar. 15, 1997  Dave Andreychuk, N.J      NJ 3 vs WSH 2          9:03, 1st (PP)     Bill Ranford
Jan. 7, 1999    Luc Robitaille, L.A             LA 4 vs BUF 2         18:14, 3rd (EV)     Dwayne Roloson
Mar. 22, 2000  Pat Verbeek, Det               DET 2 vs CGY 2      14:38, 3rd (PP)    Fred Brathwaite
Jan. 2, 2002    Ron Francis, Car              CAR 3 vs BOS 6      13:12, 1st (PP)     Byron Dafoe
Mar. 23, 2002  Brendan Shanahan, Det DET 2 at COL 0         7:48, 3rd (PP)     Patrick Roy
Dec. 11, 2002  Joe Sakic, Col                 COL 1 at VAN 3           4:25, 2nd (PP)    Dan Cloutier
Jan. 17, 2003  Joe Nieuwendyk, N.J     NJ 2 at CAR 1             11:18, 1st (EV)     Kevin Weekes
Feb. 4, 2003    Jaromir Jagr, Wsh         WSH 5 at TB 1               7:19, 2nd (PP)    John Grahame
Nov. 8, 2005    Pierre Turgeon, Col       COL 5 vs SJ 2                9:16, 3rd (PP)    Vesa Toskala
Oct. 14, 2006   Mats Sundin, Tor            TOR 5 vs CGY 4            0:50, OT (SH)     Miikka Kiprusoff
Nov. 22, 2006  Teemu Selanne, Ana     ANA 2 at COL 3           14:54, 2nd (PP)   Jose Theodore
Dec. 22, 2006  Peter Bondra, Chi          CHI 3 vs TOR 1              5:37, 3rd (EV)    J.S. Aubin
Jan. 26, 2007   Mark Recchi, Pit             PIT 4 at DAL 3              11:59, 3rd (PP)   Marty Turco
Mar. 13, 2007   Mike Modano, Dal         DAL 3 vs PHI 2                9:36, 3rd (EV)   Antero Niittymaki
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