Detroit Red Wings All-Time Goal Scoring Leaders
The Detroit Red Wings are one of the NHL’s most storied franchises, having won 11 championships with an astounding 55 playoff appearances since their inception in 1927 (they were known as the Cougars and Falcons before being named Red Wings in 1933). Naturally, the team has put some great players on the ice, and here is a list of their all-time leading goal-scorers to date:
Gordie Howe (786)—Gordie Howe played for 32 full seasons in the NHL and WHA, and amazingly played for the Red Wings for 25 of those years, from 1947 to 1971. Howe tops the Red Wings all-time with 786 goals scored in their uniform, and he had a career high 49 goals in 1952-53, which led the league, as did his 46 assists and 95 total points. Another amazing statistic is that Howe had 30 or more goals for the Red Wings fourteen times.
Steve Yzerman (692)—Steve Yzerman played his entire career in Detroit, from 1983 to 2006, his 22 seasons there coming close to matching Howe’s. Yzerman also came close to Howe’s scoring prowess in a Red Wings uniform, with 692 career goals to rank second all-time for the franchise. And there were a few seasons in which Yzerman was more of a sniper than Howe, as he had five seasons with 50 or more goals. His best season was 1988-89, when he had career highs in goals (65), assists (90) and total points (155). However, those numbers were eclipsed that season by Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux (85-114-199).
Alex Delvecchio (456)—Alex Delvecchio also played for the Wings his entire career, from 1950 to 1974 (24 seasons). Delvecchio ranks third in team history with 456 goals, but his numbers are more about longevity, as evidenced by a career high of just 31 scores in 1965-66.
Sergei Fedorov (400)—Sergei Fedorov began his NHL career in Detroit and played there from 1990 to 2003. He ranks fourth all-time for the Red Wings with 400 goals, and Fedorov had his best season in a Wings uniform in 1993-94, when he scored a career high 56 goals to go along with 64 assists and 120 total points.
Ted Lindsay (335)—Ted Lindsay had two stints with the Red Wings, from 1944 to 1957 and again in 1964-65. He ranks fifth in the team’s history with 335 goals, and Lindsay had a career best (and league-leading) 33 goals in 1947-48. But his best overall season was 1956-57, when he had 30 goals with 55 assists for a career best 85 total points.