All about the ‘22 NHL season


Bella Lee, Staff writer

With sports such as the NBA, the NFL and the MLB World Series in full swing, there’s another sport to get everyone excited about: ice hockey.

The regular season started on Oct. 7, and this season could be filled with tons of milestones. One milestone has already been reached, with Vegas Golden Knights right winger Phil Kessel breaking the record for most con-secutive games played, being in his 990th straight game on Oct. 25 and not having missed one since the 2009-10 season.

Alex Ovechkin, legendary captain and left winger for the Washington Capitals, could possibly reach 800 goals this season, joining Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894) as the only NHL players to do so. With this, Ovechkin also has the chance to surpass Howe and score the second-most goals of all time. Additionally, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos could possibly reach 500 goals and Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares could possibly reach 400 goals (Kessel’s first goal this season marked his 400th ever).

Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins captain (and rival) Sidney Crosby both have the chance to hit 1,500 points this season, while Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron, Kessel, Stamkos, Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski and Ottawa Senators forward Claude Giroux all have the chance of hitting 1,000 points.

Amongst the 13 players that could hit 1,000 overall games this season include Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey and St. Louis Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly. Minnesota Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury also broke a record already, moving into second all-time for wins as a goalie.

However, it’s not just the players hitting milestones. Lindy Ruff, coach of the New Jersey Devils, could potentially hit 800 games, becoming the fifth NHL coach to do so. Another coach who could hit this milestone is Paul Maurice, who just began his first season coaching for the Florida Panthers. In addition, the GM of the Nashville Predators, David Poile, is almost at 1,500 wins and has 2,993 wins, the most for any GM in the NHL, considering he has been the GM for the Predators since the 1997-98 season.As of this writing, the Boston Bruins lead the NHL with an 8-1 record.

It is already a tight race even though the end of the season isn’t until Apr. 13, but it’ll be exciting to see who makes the playoffs. Will the Colorado Avalanche be able to defend their title as the Stanley Cup Champions? We can only wait and see!