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Record Breakers

Gretzky and Moog with the Stanley CupThe Edmonton Oiler teams of the eighties were powerhouses. Opposing teams could not stand their ground, nets were scored on at will, and Oiler players fed off the energy from teammates and fans. Plays were designed around the offense because no other team could match their skills. Nightly, Edmonton teams were finding ways to re-write the record book


  • Most goals in one period by both teams: 12, Edmonton Oilers 6, Chicago Blackhawks 6, Dec 11, 1985.

  • Most goals in one game by both teams: 21, Edmonton Oilers 12, Chicago Blawkhawks 9, at Chicago, Dec 11, 1985

No one in the league was safe from the Oiler offense. Teams feared to host the Oilers or worse, play them at Northlands Colosieum. Each team in the NHL had to play Edmonton at least once during the regular season, and  knew the game would be a high scoring affair. Eighty games or eighty-two, in a season, Edmonton would rack up the points and break the records

  • Highest goals per game average, one season: 5.58, Edmonton Oilers 1983-84

  • Short handed goals, one season: 36, Edmonton Oilers 1983-84

  • Most 50 goal scorers, one team (tied): 3, Edmonton Oilers 1983-84 and Edmonton Oilers 1985-86

The regular season was one thing, but the post season is where the Oilers excelled. The quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup means everything to an NHL player. After the series loss to 1983 cup champion New York Islander, the Oilers realized that more sacrifice, determination, and spirit were needed to win the Holy Grail. More goals would need to be added too

  • Most shorthanded goals, one team, one playoffs: 10, Edmonton Oilers, 1983

  • Most goals, one team, one playoff series: 44, Edmonton Oilers 1985 Campbell Conference final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Backed by exceptional play, the Edmonton Oilers have gone on to win five Stanley cups. The reason: great players who had one amazing season after another. The offense categories in the NHL record books are a testament to great Oiler players

  • Most goals by a defensemen, one season: 48, Paul Coffey, 1985-86

  • Most goals, career: 894, Wayne Gretzky

  • Most goals, career, including playoffs: , 1016, Wayne Gretzky

  • Most points, career: 2857 Wayne Gretzky

  • Most points, career, including playoffs: 3239, Wayne Gretzky

Wayne GretzkyOne special team. That is what defines the Edmonton Oilers. Records that stood for years were broken by a former Oiler or by the entire team. Looking at the records and seeing the state of the game today, one realizes that these records will stand for a long time.

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