Thursday, April 26, 2007

Unanswerable trivia, part one

Here's a question for the masses: Given baseball slugger Sammy Sosa set a record today with the most home runs at different major-league ballparks, who in the NHL holds the record for goals scored in the most rinks?

My guess is Mr. Gretzky, although I'm certainly open to other suggestions.

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7 Comments:

At 6:44 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Rand said...

Gordie Howe?

Played 26 seasons + 6 in the WHA. Not many have scored 800+ career goals, and one has to assume there were quite a few new arenas between 46-47 and 79-80.

 
At 10:04 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Reagen Sulewski said...

All those neutral site games in the 90s certainly complicates things.

 
At 10:51 PM, April 26, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Brett Hull's my guess, but I have nothing to back it up.

Actually, the more I think about it, the more Hull makes sense. He played teams Gretzky never did (Columbus, Atlanta). Gretzky played Atlanta Flames and the Rockies, which Hull didn't, although the Avalanche played in the same rink as the Rockies, so that cancels them out. Plus Gretzky only played his first year against the Atlanta Flames, and who's to say if he scored against them in that rink?

 
At 12:18 AM, April 27, 2007, Blogger John said...

Believe it or not, the NHL actually does some of the work for us...

http://www.nhl.com/hockeyu/history/gretzky/statsarena.html

It doesn't say that Gretzky's 49 different sites (scoring, not just goals -- 42 with goals) is a record, but it does imply it heavily. With the NHL, that means Hull is probably the right answer...

Believe it or not, Gretzky never scored a goal in the United Center or the Molson Centre.

The only arena he didn't scratch the scoresheet -- Springfield Civic Center.

BTW, he did score in the Omni (Atlanta).

 
At 6:34 AM, April 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where would Mike Gartner and Brendan Shanahan be on this list, I wonder?

 
At 6:35 AM, April 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or even Dino Ciccarelli?

 
At 3:14 PM, April 27, 2007, Blogger JPFDeuce said...

Well, the arenas have to be defined -- are they NHL arenas? Or general arenas wherever an NHL game was played?

It'd be fun to factor in not only neutral sites but junior hockey stuff too.

The Arena turnover of recent years factors in on everything... Not as much as playing for almost 3 decades (Howe) but Gretzky had to be helped along.

 

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