Most Goals Scored in Every NHL Arena

Gordie Howe scored the most goals on home ice, with 430 at Olympia Stadium.

While browsing through the Baseball Reference website, I noticed it was possible to make a list of players with the most home runs at each ballpark. I wondered, could such a list be made for the most goals scored at each National Hockey League arena? It turns out that making a list is possible, with some difficulty. There is no resource for hockey as thorough as Baseball Reference and Retrosheet are for baseball.

I have made this list by using a few different resources. Baseball Reference’s sister site Hockey Reference has game information going back to the 1987-88 season. Its “play finder” can be used to produce a list of games in which a player scored at least one goal, at home, while playing for certain teams. The goals can then be added up, in cases where the player has multiple-goal games.

For seasons before 1987/88, the most useful tool is the Hockey Summary Project. HSP has game logs for the 1917-18 to 1925-26 seasons, and 1952-53 to the present, as well as for 1938-39, 1942-43, and the Philadelphia Quakers’ 1930-31 season. It’s time-consuming, but easy enough to go through all the game logs and counting the goals.

For the seasons missing from the HSP, the only resource is the game logs in newspaper reports. Through Google News‘ archive, I found game results using the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen, the Border Cities Star/Windsor Daily Star, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Press, the Calgary Daily Herald/Calgary Herald, and the Saskatoon Phoenix/Saskatoon Star-Phoenix.

This list also counts goals scored by players who were playing a road game for a different team. As one notable example, Wayne Gretzky’s total in Edmonton includes the goals he scored while playing for Los Angeles. Sometimes, goals have been subtracted when a player scored at a home game away from their usual home rink. This includes, for example, the “neutral site” games of the early 1990s, and the NHL Premiere games in Europe.

I have included only regular season NHL games, from 1917-18 to the present, played a team’s regular home rink. I haven’t included all the “neutral” sites in this list, as they generally don’t have a top scorer, only a long list of players who scored one or two goals. In future posts I will include all the other arenas used for regular-season games. I will also go into greater detail with top-10 lists for each arena.

The list is up-to-date as of the games of April 7, 2012, the end of the 2011-12 regular season.

ArenaHome TeamYearsPlayerGoals
Air Canada CentreToronto Maple Leafs1999-presentMats Sundin140
America West ArenaPhoenix Coyotes1996-2003Keith Tkachuk98
American Airlines CenterDallas Stars2001-presentBrenden Morrow107
Arena GardensToronto Arenas/St. Pat’s/Maple Leafs1917-1931Babe Dye106
Aréna de QuébecQuebec Bulldogs1919-1920Joe Malone26
BankAtlantic CenterFlorida Panthers1998-presentOlli Jokinen113
Barton Street ArenaHamilton Tigers1920-1925Joe Malone30
Bell CentreMontreal Canadiens1996-presentSaku Koivu101
Border Cities ArenaDetroit Cougars1926-1927Duke Keats9
Boston ArenaBoston Bruins1924-1928Carson Cooper29
Boston GardenBoston Bruins1928-1995John Bucyk297
Brendan Byrne ArenaNew Jersey Devils1982-2007John Maclean175
Bridgestone ArenaNashville Predators1996-presentDavid Legwand100
Buffalo Memorial AuditoriumBuffalo Sabres1970-1996Gilbert Perreault260
Capital CentreWashington Capitals1974-1997Mike Gartner228
Chicago ColiseumChicago Blackhawks1926-1929Dick Irvin17
Chicago StadiumChicago Blackhawks1929-1994Bobby Hull342
Colisée de QuébecQuebec Nordiques1979-1995Michel Goulet242
Consol Energy CenterPittsburgh Penguins2010-presentEvgeni Malkin35
Cow PalaceSan Jose Sharks1991-1993Pat Falloon28
Duquesne GardensPittsburgh Pirates1925-1930Hib Milks50
Expo HallTampa Bay Lightning1992-1993Brian Bradley19
First Niagara CenterBuffalo Sabres1996-presentThomas Vanek130
Great Western ForumLos Angeles Kings1967-1999Marcel Dionne288
Greensboro ColiseumCarolina Hurricanes1997-1999Keith Primeau30
Hartford Civic CenterHartford Whalers1980-1997Ron Francis157
Honda CenterAnaheim Ducks1993-presentTeemu Selanne236
HP PavilionSan Jose Sharks1993-presentPatrick Marleau217 ArenaPhoenix Coyotes2003-presentShane Doan97
Joe Louis ArenaDetroit Red Wings1979-presentSteve Yzerman330
Jubilee ArenaMontreal Canadiens1918-1919Joe Malone29
Kemper ArenaKansas City Scouts1974-1976Wilf Paiement26
Long Beach ArenaLos Angeles Kings1967Ted Irvine3
Los Angeles Memorial Sports ArenaLos Angeles Kings1967Brian Smith7
Madison Square GardenNew York Rangers1925-1968Andy Bathgate154
Madison Square GardenNew York Rangers1968-presentRod Gilbert150
Maple Leaf GardensToronto Maple Leafs1931-1999Darryl Sittler235
McNichols Sports ArenaColorado Rockies/Avalanche1976-1982, 1995-1999Joe Sakic73
Mellon ArenaPittsburgh Penguins1967-2010Mario Lemieux373
Met CenterMinnesota North Stars1967-1993Dino Ciccarelli187
Miami ArenaFlorida Panthers1993-1998Scott Mellanby63
Montreal ArenaMontreal Canadiens1917-1918Newsy Lalonde7
Montreal ForumMontreal Canadiens1926-1996Maurice Richard324
Mount Royal ArenaMontreal Canadiens1920-1926Billy Boucher50
MTS CentreWinnipeg Jets2011-presentAndrew Ladd18
Nassau Veterans Memorial ColiseumNew York Islanders1972-presentMike Bossy315
Nationwide ArenaColumbus Blue Jackets2000-presentRick Nash147
Oakland Coliseum ArenaCalifornia Golden Seals1967-1976Joey Johnson51
Olympia StadiumDetroit Cougars/Falcons/Red Wings1927-1979Gordie Howe430
Omni ColiseumAtlanta Flames1972-1980Eric Vail115
Ottawa ArenaOttawa Senators1917-1923Cy Denneny101
Ottawa AuditoriumOttawa Senators1923-1934Cy Denneny/Frank Finnigan53
Ottawa Civic CentreOttawa Senators1992-1995Bob Kudelski29
Pacific ColiseumVancouver Canucks1970-1995Stan Smyl145
Pepsi CenterColorado Avalanche1999-presentMilan Hejduk186
Philadelphia ArenaPhiladelphia Quakers1930-1931Hib Milks13
Philadelphia SpectrumPhiladelphia Flyers1967-1996Bill Barber231
Philips ArenaAtlanta Thrashers1999-2011Ilya Kovalchuk166
PNC Arena/RBC CenterCarolina Hurricanes1999-presentEric Staal128
Prudential CenterNew Jersey Devils2007-presentZach Parise75
Reunion ArenaDallas Stars1993-2001Mike Modano138
Rexall Place/Northlands ColiseumEdmonton Oilers1979-presentWayne Gretzky327
Richfield ColiseumCleveland Barons1976-1979Dennis Maruk38
Rogers Arena/GM PlaceVancouver Canucks1995-presentMarkus Naslund187
Scotiabank PlaceOttawa Senators1995-presentDaniel Alfredsson222
Scotiabank SaddledomeCalgary Flames1983-presentJarome Iginla263
Scottrade Center/Kiel CenterSt. Louis Blues1994-presentPavol Demitra124
Springfield Civic CenterHartford Whalers1979-1980Blaine Stoughton18
St. Louis ArenaSt. Louis Blues1967-1994Brett Hull202
Stampede CorralCalgary Flames1980-1983Kent Nilsson76
Staples CenterLos Angeles Kings1999-presentAlex Frolov89
Tampa Bay Times ForumTampa Bay Lightning1996-presentVincent Lecavalier197
TD GardenBoston Bruins1995-presentGlen Murray101
ThunderdomeTampa Bay Lightning1993-1996Petr Klima32
United CenterChicago Blackhawks1994-presentTony Amonte139
Verizon CenterWashington Capitals1997-presentAlexander Ovechkin170
Wells Fargo CenterPhiladelphia Flyers1996-presentJohn Leclair135
Winnipeg ArenaWinnipeg Jets1979-1996Dale Hawerchuk198
Xcel Energy CenterMinnesota Wild2000-presentMarian Gaborik110


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