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10/19/07 5:10 PM
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Link Amber's 10 Degrees: Top milestones and records Amber Maurice "Rocket" Richard established a benchmark for hockey greatness by becoming the first player to score 500 goals on Oct. 19, 1957. At the time, no one thought another player could match that amazing milestone. Half a century later, records aren't just made to be broken, they're made to be shattered. The 500-goal club is closing in on 40 members. They're all great players, but clearly it's not the most exclusive club or the most impressive milestone anymore. A perfect time for "10 Degrees" to count down, in reverse order, the Top 10 all-time NHL milestones and records. Amber believes Martin Brodeur will extend his 30-plus win seasons streak this season. 10. Martin Brodeur: 11 consecutive 30-plus-win seasons After breaking the single-season wins record with 48 victories in 2006-07, Martin Brodeur should extend his NHL record of 11 straight 30-plus win seasons in 2007-08. Brodeur, just like Patrick Roy, wants to leave the NHL as the game's winningest goalie, and he will. At 35, Brodeur has at least a handful of solid seasons ahead. When all is said and done, he could retire with this record deep into the teens. Breakability? Likely Two things make this record breakable: 1. The new "win" system for goalies, under which shootout wins count as victories (previously, more than 15 percent of games ended in ties); 2. The wealth of great young goalies in the league. Roberto Luongo, Cam Ward, Rick DiPietro, Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundquist and Marc-Andre Fleury are all in their early-to-mid-20s and are all capable of being good, if not great, for the next decade or more. Best bet? Marc-Andre Fleury At age 22, Fleury is the youngest of the crop of "next" great goalies and he is the only one playing with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as teammates. Fast facts Patrick Roy has the second-longest streak of consecutive 30-plus-win seasons with eight. Tony Esposito is third with seven. 9. Dave "Tiger" Williams: 3,966 career penalty minutes Enforcers, policemen, goons, whatever you want to call them, they have been around hockey forever. None left as many marks on opponents, or in the record books, as Dave "Tiger" Williams. In 14 NHL seasons, including 962 regular-season games, Williams amassed an NHL record 3,966 penalty minutes, and those weren't holding-the-stick infractions. Williams had more than 300 penalty minutes in a season six times. What makes this career record remarkable is both the longevity and ability of Williams to literally fight his way to the top. As a 20-year-old rookie or a 34-year-old vet, Williams was always a willing combatant. His fight card included a staggering 308 NHL regular-season bouts, a ridiculous number especially for an undersized enforcer (5-foot-11, 190 pounds). He also had more than 66 hours in the penalty box -- that's nearly a full season. Breakability? Never With the league handing out record-setting suspensions and more teams choosing to shy away from even including a designated "enforcer" in their lineups, this record is etched in stone. Last season, Ben Eager led all players with a modest 233 PIMs. At that rate, it will take almost 20 seasons to pass Williams. I don't think you'll find a lot of 40-year-olds willing or able to go toe to toe night after night. Best bet? Sean Avery There is no shortage of players who would love to fight Avery and he has enough skill to stick in the NHL for another decade. But realistically, at 5-9, 195 pounds, his body couldn't survive trying to equal Williams. Avery has nearly 1,000 career PIMs, so he would need basically 300 per season for the next decade. Good luck. Fast facts Williams has 401 more regular-season PIMs than Dale Hunter, who is second on the all-time list with 3,565. He also played a regular shift for most his career and had four 20-plus-goal seasons. 8. Henri Richard: 11 Stanley Cup rings Forget about "one for the thumb." Henri Richard has one for the big toe. His 11 Stanley Cup rings meant being part of, not one, but two of the NHL's greatest dynasties. At 5-7, 160 pounds, the "Pocket Rocket" never attained the personal accomplishments that his older brother Maurice did; but when it came to winning titles, no one has been on par with Henri. During 1955-60, Richard averaged nearly a point per game as the Canadiens won five straight Stanley Cups. Then, over a span of nine seasons beginning in 1964, Montreal and Richard picked up another six titles. Richard finished his career with more than 1,000 points and more championships than Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky combined. Breakability? Never Dynasties appear to be a thing of the past. Six different teams have won the last six Stanley Cups. Richard won seven of his 11 Cups in the Original Six era. With 30 teams under a salary-cap structure, it's impossible to think any player can be on a championship team for more than a few seasons before the financial forces dismantle it player by player. Best bet? Rick DiPietro He's young, he's a goalie, which should mean a longer career span, and he's under contract basically forever. Years from now, DiPietro might be considered underpaid and become a tradable commodity for teams vying for a Stanley Cup. Still, don't bet on this record falling any time soon. Fast facts Jean Beliveau is second with 10 Stanley Cups. Only one other athlete in North American professional sports has achieved winning 11 championships in his respective league -- Bill Russell of the NBA's Boston Celtics. Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images Dave "Tiger" Williams managed to rack up the PIMs, even in the dreaded "V" uniform.
10/19/07 5:11 PM
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Gretzky's 215 has to be in there. What ever Milestones did this guy miss?
10/20/07 1:11 AM
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92 goals in a regular season will only be surpassed if the nhl messes with the size of the net.
10/20/07 3:44 PM
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Yeah the Holy Grail of pretty much untouchable milestones: 92 goals 163 assists and 215 points.
10/21/07 4:01 AM
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Somebody scored 3 goals in 21 seconds,can't see anyone ever beating that.Another one Mario Lemiuex scored all five ways in one game.
10/22/07 12:31 AM
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Gretzky's career point total should even be in there, I don't think anyone will break that within the next 20-25 years. Also the George Hainsworth one was stupid, it was back in the days when players weren't allowed to pass the puck forward, only backward. Most shutouts should pertain to modern NHL, so Esposito's 15 shutouts is the unbreakable record, not Hainsworth's. Why not just throw Joe Malone's 7 goals in a game record on that list, will never be broken as well.
10/22/07 4:29 AM
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Hrmm Rocket Richard being the first 50 in 50 guy is quite the milestone too... As for Williams, most impressive milestone imo is he was the very first charter member of the prestigious 30-300 club. 30+ goals and 300+ pims in a season.
10/22/07 10:09 AM
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Mike Bossy's 11 50 goals consecutive seasons won't be beat for a while.

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