May 27, 2022

Reference: Hockey: NHL Releases Massive Online Database of Historical Statistics (100 Years of Player, Team, and Game Data)

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Who holds the NHL record for most consecutive games with a point? Easy. Wayne Gretzky. It’s right there on Page 176 of the NHL Guide & Record Book. He had a 51-game point streak as a member of the Edmonton Oilers in 1983-84.

How did Gretzky do game by game during the streak? It used to be hard to find out. The game logs on went back to 1987-88. You had to piece together the information yourself.

Now all you have to do is click.


As the NHL celebrates its centennial, it has digitized its statistics archive. Everything back to 1917. One hundred years of numbers. Countless data points. History that used to be stored only in a small, nondescript room at the League office in Toronto is now at your fingertips.

“People could never see that unless they came to our office and looked through the files,” said Benny Ercolani, the NHL’s chief statistician, who has worked for the League for more than four of its 10 decades. “Now we’ve made it accessible to everybody.”

The process took six years.


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More than 15 million new player and game data points, encompassing more than 24,000 games from 1917 through 1987, have been added on

The new statistics include:

  • Box Scores and Game Logs: Fans can access box scores for every game in NHL history from 1917 through the present (a total of 55,461 regular-season and 4,292 playoff games).
  • Individual Player Statistics: Complete and detailed game-by-game statistics for each of the 7,623 players who have competed in the NHL since 1917.
  • Team Information: Complete team rosters, records and results for each season since 1917.
  • Advanced Filtering: The ability for fans to do their own queries and searches to compare player and team performances within a single season or measure players and teams from different eras.
  • Minor League and International Data: For the first time, in partnership with, fans will have access on a daily basis to statistics for every player on an NHL team’s reserve list who is playing in a league other than the NHL.

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