Which NHL Players Played in the Most Games During a Career?

Which NHL Players Played in the Most Games During a Career? Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

A Look at the Top Ten Players for Most Games Played During a NHL Career.

Top Ten Players Who Played in the Most Games for a NHL Career.

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There have been a lot of great players that have come and went through the National Hockey League.  Some players stood out for a full career, others stood out for one season.  Let’s take a look at which players had the most games played for their career.

1. Gordie Howe is atop the list, as he played in 1,767 games during his NHL career.  Howe played in the NHL from 1946-1980.  He totaled 801 goals and 1,049 assists, while mainly playing for the Detroit Red Wings. 


2. Mark Messier is 2nd on the list, as he registered 1,756 games played.  Messier saw his playing career stretch from 1979-2004.  The hall of fame member collected 694 goals, while totaling 1,193 assists. 

3. Jaromir Jagr is 3rd, after having a lengthy career that went from 1990-2018.  Jagr recorded 1,733 games played.  The 8x all-star finished his career with 766 goals and 1,155 assists. 

4. Ron Francis is 4th, thanks to a playing career that started in 1981 and went till 2004.  Francis participated in 1,731 games.  The hall of fame member totaled 549 goals, while dishing out 1,249 assists during his career. 

5. Patrick Marleau rounds out the top 5, as he has played in 1,723 games.  Marleau is the first active player on the list, as his career started during the 1997 season.  The long time San Jose Shark and current Pittsburgh Penguin has registered 562 goals and 626 assists. 

6. Mark Recchi is 6th on the list, thanks to a career that went from 1988-2011.  Recchi played in 1,652 games during that time period.  The 3x Cup Winner recorded 577 goals and 956 assists during his playing career. 

7. Chris Chelios is 7th, after playing in the NHL from 1983-2010.  Chelios totaled 1,651 games played.  The Chicago, IL native collected 185 goals and 763 assists as a defenseman. 

8. Dave Andreychuk is 8th, due to a career that started in 1982 and went all the way till 2006.  Andreychuk totaled 1,639 games played.  He collected 640 goals and 698 assists during his playing career. 

9. Joe Thornton is 9th and is the 2nd active player to make the list.  Thornton has played in 1,636 games to date.  His career started during the 1997 campaign.  The 4x all-star has collected 420 goals and 1,089 assists during his career, thus far. 

10. Scott Stevens rounds out the top 10, as he played in 1,635 games during a career that was played from 1982-2004.  Stevens registered 196 goals and 712 assists during that time frame. 


The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.