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

by Compiled By / NHL.com

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, DetDET 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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