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Seven cool stats from the first 100 years of the NHL®

Fun facts and figures to celebrate the league’s Centennial

Wayne Gretzky

Over first century of the NHL®, countless records have been set and broken. Here are seven that have stood the test of time... for now.

1. Largest attendance for an NHL® game: 105,491

Toronto bested Detroit 3-2 during the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium – an outdoor game played before a record-setting crowd.

2. Longest NHL® game ever: 7 hours, 56 minutes and 30 seconds

On March 24, 1936, the Detroit Red Wings faced off against – and beat (1-0) – the Montreal Maroons in what remains the most epic game in league history.

3. Fastest hat trick: 21 seconds

During a March 1952 game against the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawk Bill Mosienko scored three goals in less than half a minute.

4. Youngest player ever in the NHL®: Bep Guidolin

The Boston Bruin was only 16 years and 11 months old when he suited up for a game against Toronto in November 1942.

5. Oldest player ever in the NHL®: Gordie Howe

When he played his final game with the league in 1980, “Mr. Hockey” was 52 years (and 11 days) old.

6. Most goals scored by a team in a single game: 16

The Montreal Canadiens beat the Quebec Bulldogs 16-3 on March 3, 1920.

7. Longest consecutive point-scoring streak: 51 games

Wayne Gretzky set this record during the 1983-84 NHL® season.