Saturday night former Worcester Sharks forward Joe Pavelski scored his 380th career NHL goal, making him the former Worcester pro hockey player with the most NHL goals. He passes Claude Lemieux’s 379 on that list. Pavelski already owns the record for most goals in the NHL for players after their last recall from Worcester.
The career goals record is likely to stand for a few more seasons as Logan Couture is the closest active player to Pavelski’s mark with 268 NHL goals as of March 6, 2021. Tomas Hertl is third on the career list with 138 goals. Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s 72 goals and Yanni Gourde’s 69 tallies round out the active top-five.
Here is Pavelski’s record-breaking goal:
Pavelski, who had eight goals and 18 assists in just 16 Worcester AHL games played in the 2006-07 season, previously claimed the NHL career assists and points records for Worcester hockey alumni, passing Lemieux for both marks last season. His two-assist game on October 29, 2019 vs Minnesota gave him 408, and on February 15, 2020 he had a two-point game at Montreal for 787 in his career.
In terms of NHL games played for former Worcester hockey pros, Pavelski sits in fifth place, just a handful behind former San Jose Sharks teammate Vlasic. They will both likely pass Ian Laperriere’s 1,083 NHL games this season. Lemieux leads the list at 1,215, and current Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is second at 1,191 NHL games played.
Since Pavelski never returned to Worcester after his NHL debut all his NHL stats are after his last recall, which puts him at the top of those lists of former Worcester hockey pros in every category except for penalty minutes. Of Laperriere’s 1,956 career penalty minutes, the overall record for former Worcester pros in the NHL, 1,871 came after his last recall from Worcester. Pavelski currently has 406, so that record is far out of reach.