5 NHL Players To Reach 150 Points In A Single Season
The last time a National Hockey League player recorded more than 150 points in a single season was 1995-96. Mario Lemieux surpassed the 150 point plateau for the fourth and last time of his career with 161 on 69 goals and 92 assists. Only five NHL players have accomplished this feat in the long history of the league.
Phil Esposito was the first with his 152 points performance in 1970-71 with the Boston Bruins. Esposito shattered records with his 76 goals and 152 points, which would be the highest totals until Wayne Gretzky came along in the 1980’s. Phil surpassed 100 points on six occasions during his career, coming close to 150 again in 1973-74 with 145.
Then along came Gretzky… Wayne not only surpassed 150 points on nine occasions, he topped 200 points four times. His first journey beyond 150 came in 1980-81, contributing 164 points for the Edmonton Oilers. His best season, and league record, came in 1985-86 when he put up and amazing 215 points.
If not for health concerns and injuries, Mario Lemieux most likely would have equaled Gretzky’s feats, if not surpassing them. As it was, Super Mario topped 150 four times with his first coming in 1987-88 with 168 points for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He would top out with 199 the following season.
Steve Yzerman spent much of his long career with the Detroit Red Wings as a leader and defensive forward. However, for six seasons between 1987-88 and 1992-93, he surpassed the 100 point plateau. In 1988-89, he exploded for 155 points on 65 goals and 90 assists. The total was good enough for just third in league scoring that season behind the exploits of Lemieux and Gretzky.
The same season the Stevie-Y was maxing out in Detroit, Bernie Nicholls of the Los Angeles Kings put up a Gretzky-aided 150 points. Bernie only reached 100 points in one other season and didn’t top 75 in any one season for the rest of his career that spanned until the end of the 1998-99 season. 70 of the 100 points were goals in 1988-89, making Nicholls one of only eight players in NHL history to score 70 or more in a single season.
Marc Tardif spent time in the NHL but he was more famous for his accomplishments in the World Hockey Association. Tardif was the only player in the short-lived WHA to top 150 points in a season. In 1977-78, with the Quebec Nordiques, Marc scored 65 and assisted on 89 for 154 points. It was one of two scoring championships Tardif won in the WHA along with a 148 points performance two years before.