Brett Hull’s Unbreakable Scoring Record
It came as no surprise when Brett Hull was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. Hull won 2 Stanley Cups (Even if his foot was in the crease) and was among the most prolific pure goal scorers of his era, putting him among some very impressive company.
Hull amassed almost 1400 points in 1269 games and 19 seasons in the National Hockey League. 741 were goals.
Through the course of his career, Hull played in 8 All-Star Games, led the league in goals three times, captured the Lady Byng Trophy, Hart Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Awards. Pretty impressive resume!
A Career Year
Following the 1990-91 season, when Brett Hull won the Hart Trophy, he was elevated to the upper echelon of goal scorers in the National Hockey League.
It has previously been mentioned that Hull’s 1990-91 season may be the best goal scoring performance in modern hockey. No, it’s not the most goals that have ever been scored in a season, but the argument for best scoring performance can certainly be made given the following facts:
During the 1990-91 season Brett Hull led the NHL in the following categories:
- Goals Scored – 86
- Goals per Game – 1.10
- Even Strength Goals – 57
- Game Winning Goals – 11
- Power Play Goals – 29
- Empty Net Goals – 0
- Shots on Goal – 389
Following Hull in the goal scoring race that season was a three-way tie for second between Cam Neely, Theoren Fleury and Steve Yzerman- each notching 51 goals.
How Impressive Was Hull That Season?
Making Hull’s feat even more impressive is that he led the goal scoring race by an amazing 35 Goals! What is even more amazing is that only 22 players in the entire NHL had more than 35 total goals that season.
To put the margin of victory into perspective, Hull outscored his nearest opponent by more than 68%.
No player since Hull’s 86 goal campaign has scored more than 76 goals in one season and only one player in the past 12 seasons (Alexander Ovechkin) has scored more than 60 goals in a year.
Only Wayne Gretzky has ever scored more than 86 goals in one NHL season. Gretzky accomplished it twice, once in 1981-82 with 92 goals and again in 1983-84 with 87 goals. In 1983-84 Gretzky led his nearest opponent, Michel Goulet, by 31 goals.
There are many records out there that some say will never be broken. I believe Hull’s margin of victory in goals during 1990-91 should be included in those conversations.
What do you think?