Top 10 All Time NHL Point Leaders

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6. Yzerman – 1755 points


Stephen Gregory Yzerman was born May 9, 1965, in Cranbrook, British Columbia but grew up in Nepean, Ontario. Steve played his entire National Hockey League career with the Detroit Red Wings. (1983 – 2006) He led the Red Wings to 3 Stanley Cup championships (1997, 1998, 2002) Yzerman won numerous awards during his career, including the Lester B. Pearson Award in 1989, the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 1998, the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward in 2000, and the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance in 2003. In 2006, the Red Wings named Yzerman a team vice president and alternate governor. He is now a key assistant in the team’s hockey operations.


7. Mario Lemieux – 1723 points


Mario Lemieux was born October 5, 1965 in Montreal, Quebec. He played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (1984 – 2005).  Lemieux led Pittsburgh to 2 Stanley Cups; Canada to an Olympic gold medal and two World Cups of Hockey. He won 3 Hart Trophies as the NHL’s most valuable player, 6 Art Ross Trophies as the league’s leading scorer, and 2 Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP. He is currently the Penguins’ owner and chairman of the board, having bought the team out of bankruptcy in 1999. In 2004, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame immediately after his first retirement, waiving the normal three-year waiting period.


8. Joe Sakic – 1641 points


Joseph Steven Sakic was born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, British Columbia. Joe Sakic remains the only one active NHL player on this list. His entire National Hockey League career has been with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise.  His wrist shot, considered to be one of the best in the NHL, has been the source of much of his production. In his 20 year NHL career Sakic won the Stanley Cup twice (1996, 2001). He was awarded with Bud Light Plus/Minus Award, Conn Smythe Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy and named captain of the Colorado Avalanche in 1992. Joe is regarded as one of the strongest team leaders in the league’s history.


9. Jaromir Jagr – 1599 points


Jaromír Jágr was born February 15, 1972, in Kladno, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic. Jágr played in the National Hockey League with 3 teams:  Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, and the New York Rangers. He is a 2 time Stanley Cup Winner (1991, 1992) both times with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jágr  won Hart Trophy, 5 Art Ross Trophies and 3 Lester B. Pearson Awards. In July 2008, Jágr, a free agent for the first time in his career announced a two-year deal with Avangard Omsk, Russia worth $10 million US dollars annually. In April 2009, Jágr publicly stated an interest in returning to the NHL, stating that he really just needed a break from the pressures of an 82 game NHL schedule. Jágr, who claimed to have lost 15 pounds since his last NHL season.


10. Phil Esposito – 1590 points


Philip Anthony “Espo” Esposito, was born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Phil played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for 3 teams: Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. He won Stanley Cup in 1969–70 and 1971–72 seasons and was awarded  the Hart Trophy twice, Art Ross Trophy  5 times, Lester Pearson Award twice.  Esposito was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984. In December 1987, his #7 jersey was retired by the Boston Bruins in an emotional ceremony. He is currently Tampa Bay Lightning radio commentator and co-hosts a daily call-in show on XM Satellite Radio’s Home Ice channel.

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