Average Number of Assists by NHL Players
An average NHL forwards gets a little over 80 assists during his career, while the average defenseman has to settle for approximately 65 assists. Almost 20 percent of NHL players finish their careers without a single assist.
Data set includes all forwards and defensemen who last played in the league before the 2008‑09 season. In addition, the data includes a number of players that have publicly announced their retirement after the 2008‑09 season. Use the buttons above the chart to switch between different views.
Career assists data is summarized in the table below using basic statistical measures. Wayne Gretzky and Raymond Bourque hold both regular season and playoff records for forwards and defensemen respectively.
Average number of career playoff assists is almost identical for forwards and defensemen. The difference between the two is only one assist.
|Number of Players||5 510||5 510|
|Maximum Assists||1 963 (Wayne Gretzky)||260 (Wayne Gretzky)|
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