The awesome USA-Canada games in the Olympics were two of the best hockey games I've ever seen, and it inspired me to go to Hockey Reference.com and click around a little bit. Statistics in hockey aren't quite as meaningful as, for instance, baseball stats, because there are so many variables - you can't meaningfully compare the number of goals two different players have scored, because the statistics don't differentiate between even strength and power play goals, or those scored into an empty net, or off of a sweet assist, or off of bad rebounds the goalie should never have surrendered.
So, hockey fans: what's the most impressive statistic? Gretzky's record 215 point season? Some other Gretzky record, like his 92 goals from 1984-85 or 163 assists from 85-86? Bobby Orr's plus/minus record of +124, set in the 1970-71 season, may be the only record that is just as likely to never be broken. In 78 games, Bobby Orr's Boston Bruins outscored their opponents by 124 goals at even strength. Larry Robinson, the great Montreal Canadiens defensemen, and Bobby Orr's defensive partner on hockey's all-time team, was +120 in 1976-77, but that came in the middle of Montreal's Scotty Bowman/Ken Dryden/Maurice Richard dynasty; one of the greatest runs that any hockey team has ever had.
My guess is that neither Orr's record nor any of Gretzky's records will be broken any time soon, but for some reason I see somebody scoring 93 goals before I see somebody going +124 in the modern NHL, or getting more than 163 assists. Nobody's Joe Thornton, the best playmaker since Mario Lemieux, has never had more than 96. Nobody has better than +60 since Vladimir Konstantinov in 1995-96.
What do you think - which record is most impressive, and which one of them is the most likely to be broken first?