The 500 club -- Notables and quotables

Here are some notables and quotables around the 500-goal club:

• After having just two players reach 500 goals through the 1960s (Maurice Richard on Oct. 19, 1957 and Gordie Howe on Mar. 14, 1962), 38 players have since reached the mark. Thirteen players got to 500 during the 1990s, while 12 got there over the last seven years.

• The New York Islanders' Mike Bossy (Jan. 2, 1986), Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky (Nov. 22, 1986) and Los Angeles' Jari Kurri (Oct. 17, 1992) tallied their 500th goal into an empty net.

• Seven players entered the 500-goal club on a hat trick -- Jean Beliveau was the first to complete the hat trick on Feb. 11, 1971, followed by Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Brett Hull, Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin.

• Goalie Patrick Roy allowed three No. 500 goals -- Detroit's Steve Yzerman (Jan. 17, 1996), Pittsburgh's Joe Mullen (Mar. 14, 1997) and Detroit's Brendan Shanahan (Mar. 23, 2002).

Quotes from the exclusive club

Jean Beliveau
"After I scored twice with 50 minutes to go in the game, I really thought about it. If I had come out of the game with 499, pressure would have built up if I went six or seven games without scoring. It's a wonderful feeling now that it's over." -- The Hockey News (Feb. 26, 1971)

Guy Lafleur
''I knew it was in when I saw Chico [Resch] go down,'' said the 32-year-old Lafleur. ''I'm glad it's over. I have been playing football the last couple weeks trying not to think about it. Now I can start playing hockey.'' -- The New York Times (Dec. 21, 1983)

Mike Bossy
''It was nice that it happened so quickly that I didn't have time to think much about it,'' Bossy said. ''My career didn't end last night with 500 goals. I'm looking for bigger numbers. I'm not done yet." -- The New York Times (Jan. 4, 1986)

Wayne Gretzky
"I didn't want to get it on the road," said Gretzky. "I was really hoping I'd get it tonight. Glen [Sather] double-shifted me in the last 10 minutes. I told him I didn't want to get it anywhere but Edmonton." -- The Associated Press (Nov. 23, 1986)

Mike Gartner
"It's probably the quietest 500 goals ever," Gartner said. "But I feel I've gotten recognition within the hockey ranks. That's important to me. I work at being a goal-scorer. There are some goal-scorers where it's just a natural thing. I always felt I had to work hard to get my chances. I still feel that way (after 500)." -- Vancouver Sun (Nov. 20, 1991)

Mario Lemieux
"To score 500 goals has been the mark of great players. It was a relief, too, because I hadn't been playing very well earlier this year." -- The Canadian Press (Oct. 27, 1995)

Mark Messier
"When you look at everything that has gone on, I've never really put a lot of emphasis on goal scoring throughout my career," Messier said. "Playing behind Wayne all those years, it wasn't until he got traded that I was thrust into a real offensive role. I've never considered myself a natural goal scorer. I've always considered myself a playmaker and have taken pride in setting up my wingers. I guess if you hang around long enough, a few of them are going to go in." -- The Associated Press ( Nov. 7, 1995)

Steve Yzerman
"I'm very happy to score it here in Detroit," Yzerman said after reaching the 500-goal mark. "In my 13 years here, I've seen a lot of familiar faces in the stands, people who have been season ticket holders. I'm glad I was able to get it here for them." -- The Associated Press (Jan. 18, 1996)

Brett Hull
"It's been a long wait," Hull said with a wide grin. "But I'll tell you what, the way I feel right now and the way the fans were excited, it was well worth it. I didn't want that feeling to end." -- The Associated Press (Dec. 23, 1996)

Joe Mullen
"I've pressed all year for this goal and it's been a long season just trying to get the goal," Mullen said. "Now that the season is winding down, I was wondering if it was ever going to come. Maybe I can relax now." -- The Associated Press (March 15, 1998)

Joe Sakic
"The ovation was a surprise, but they've got great fans [in Vancouver]. They love their Canucks and I'm very appreciative of the fact that I got the ovation. It's my hometown and I had a lot of people here, so I'm glad I could get it over with for them." -- Vancouver Sun (Dec. 12, 2002)

Mats Sundin
"It's certainly a fun way to get my 500th goal. It's a special way. I'm very proud of it. It's an achievement not many players have reached in this league and, once I'm retired, I'm going to appreciate it even more. I'll remember this game for my whole life." -- Toronto Star (Oct. 15, 2006)

Mike Modano
"This is a special night in my career, and its extra special that it came in a win at home. I didn't care how it went in, off a knee, a deflection. It was nice to see it turned out being meaningful." -- Dallas Morning News (March 14, 2007)

500-GOAL scorers (in chronological order)

Oct. 19, 1957 -- Maurice Richard (Goalie -- Glenn Hall)
Mar. 14, 1962 -- Gordie Howe (Goalie -- Gump Worsley)
Feb. 21, 1970 -- Bobby Hull (Goalie -- Ed Giacomin)
Feb. 11, 1971 -- Jean Beliveau (Goalie -- Gilles Gilbert)
Mar. 21, 1973 -- Frank Mahovlich (Goalie -- Dunc Wilson)
Dec. 22, 1974 -- Phil Esposito (Goalie -- Jim Rutherford)
Oct. 30, 1975 -- Johnny Bucyk (Goalie -- Yves Belanger)
Feb. 27, 1977 -- Stan Mikita (Goalie -- Cesare Maniago)
Dec. 14, 1982 -- Marcel Dionne (Goalie -- Al Jensen)
Dec. 20, 1983 -- Guy Lafleur (Goalie -- Chico Resch)
Jan. 2, 1986 -- Mike Bossy (Empty net)
Mar. 9, 1986 -- Gilbert Perreault (Goalie -- Alain Chevrier)
Nov. 22, 1986 -- Wayne Gretzky (Empty net)
Mar. 21, 1989 -- Lanny McDonald (Goalie -- Mark Fitzpatrick)
Feb. 13, 1990 -- Bryan Trottier (Goalie -- Rick Wamsley)
Oct. 14, 1991 -- Mike Gartner (Goalie -- Mike Liut)
Feb. 16, 1992 -- Michel Goulet (Goalie -- Jeff Reese)
Oct. 17, 1992 -- Jari Kurri (Empty net)
Jan. 8, 1994 -- Dino Ciccarelli (Goalie -- Kelly Hrudey)
Oct. 26, 1995 -- Mario Lemieux (Goalie -- Tommy Soderstrom)
Nov. 6, 1995 -- Mark Messier (Goalie -- Rick Tabaracci)
Jan. 17, 1996 -- Steve Yzerman (Goalie -- Patrick Roy)
Jan. 31, 1996 -- Dale Hawerchuk (Goalie -- Felix Potvin)
Dec. 22, 1996 -- Brett Hull (Goalie -- Stephane Fiset)
Mar. 14, 1997 -- Joe Mullen (Goalie -- Patrick Roy)
Mar. 15, 1997 -- Dave Andreychuk (Goalie -- Bill Ranford)
Jan. 7, 1999 -- Luc Robitaille (Goalie -- Dwayne Roloson)
Mar. 22, 2000 -- Pat Verbeek (Goalie -- Fred Brathwaite)
Jan. 2, 2002 -- Ron Francis (Goalie -- Byron Dafoe)
Mar. 23, 2002 -- Brendan Shanahan (Goalie -- Patrick Roy)
Dec. 11, 2002 -- Joe Sakic (Goalie -- Dan Cloutier)
Jan. 17, 2003 -- Joe Nieuwendyk (Goalie -- Kevin Weekes)
Feb. 4, 2003 -- Jaromir Jagr (Goalie -- John Grahame)
Nov. 8, 2005 -- Pierre Turgeon (Goalie -- Vesa Toskala)
Oct. 14, 2006 -- Mats Sundin (Goalie -- Miikka Kiprusoff)
Nov. 22, 2006 -- Teemu Selanne (Goalie -- Jose Theodore)
Dec. 22, 2006 -- Peter Bondra (Goalie -- J.S. Aubin)
Jan. 26, 2007 -- Mark Recchi (Goalie -- Marty Turco)
Mar. 13, 2007 -- Mike Modano (Goalie -- Antero Niittymaki)
Nov. 10, 2007 -- Jeremy Roenick (Goalie -- Alex Auld)

Information from the National Hockey League was used in this report.