Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” The Great One was right back then and is surely right today. As part of the popular “Tuesday Trickshots” section, here’s a look at some of the top volume shooters — past and present. With the new NHL season underway, we also highlight some of the more active shooters so far in the League.
The most shots ever on goal in one NHL season was 550. This was courtesy of Phil Esposito — who amassed these shots during the 1970-71 season. During his illustrious and storied career, Esposito played for the Blackhawks, Bruins and Rangers. He, of course, retired from active play in 1981 and went on to become a seasoned and accomplished broadcaster and coach. Esposito’s record has not been broken to date.
Phil Esposito’s career accolades and achievements:
The highest percentage of shots to goals goes to Ray Bourque. In fact, he amassed 6,206 shots on goal during his incredible 23-year career. Bourque currently holds this record, as well as records in assists and points (conversions) by a defenseman in the NHL. He was also named one of the greatest NHL players earlier this year — and is most known for being the longest-serving Captain of the Boston Bruins. Bourque retired in 2001 and finished his career with the Avalanche.
Ray Bourque Retirement Ceremony:
Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks took the most shots on goal last season. In fact, he launched an impressive 320 shots during the 2016-17 playing season. While not all of his shots converted into goals — or game-winning goals — Burns surpassed Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby for most player shots on goal last season. Speaking of Crosby, he just scored an amazing goal from behind the net. Ovechkin is also known for shooting from anywhere on the ice. In fact, he has been dubbed “Volume of Fire.” Take a look at some videos of all three NHL superstars:
Alex Ovechkin is also leading the current NHL season with most shots on goal. In fact, Ovechkin has already taken 50 shots on goal in the new season. That is 5.6 shots taken per game so far, with 1.1 goals scored. He has also scored one goal in one shootout attempt — giving him 100 percent in that category this season.