Tom Tango keeps reminding me of this, and he's right: why do we only count regular season goals in a player's career total? Why don't playoff goals - against tougher competition - count? And why do we only count NHL goals?
Well, here's what happens if we count professional goals. I drew the line above the AHL - otherwise Garry Unger ends up with 653 goals because of some ridiculous seasons in British hockey. This revised goal-scoring table includes regular season and playoff goals from the NHL, WHA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as all international tournaments of consequence: the Summit Series, the Canada Cup, the World Cup, the Olympics since 1998 and the World Championships. A few players move around quite a bit:
|Player||Goals||Reg NHL||Other G%||Player||Goals||Reg NHL||Other G%|
|4||Brett Hull||865||741||14.3||19||Frank Mahovlich||679||533||21.5|
Gretzky, Howe and Bobby Hull obviously stand out. You can argue whether Howe and Hull's achievements approach Gretzky's given their time in the WHA, but you can also question Gretzky's scoring relative to Jagr's given that the NHL reached offensive peaks when he set the single-season scoring records.
It's interesting to see some Europeans - Jagr, Kurri, Selanne, Bondra, Stastny - move up because of their overseas accomplishments. But the real reason I generated this list was to see if there was an extremely-talented goalscorer who slipped below the radar, and I found him at #30. Vaclav Nedomansky scored 125 goals in the NHL, 138 in the WHA, at least 235 in the Czech league, and 67 goals in the World Championships, but if we only looked at his six-year career in the NHL, we'd barely notice.