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Sean Monahan has scored 100 times in the regular season for the Calgary Flames. In the history of the franchise, he’s just the 27th player to hit that mark. In addition, Monahan made a bit of history in terms of the circumstances of his 100th goal.
In short: Monahan is the youngest Flame to hit 100 goals by a fair amount, but he’s nowhere near the fastest to hit that mark.
At 22 years, 134 days old, Monahan is the youngest player to score 100 goals by about a month over the next-youngest Flames player to score 100.
Only two other players notched 100 before they turned 23 years old: Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Joe Nieuwendyk (at 22 years, 161 days) and Czech sniper Robert Reichel (22 years, 222 days).
Only six others even managed the feat before they turned 25 years old: Theoren Fleury, Gary Roberts, Jarome Iginla, Guy Chouinard, Tom Lysiak and Eric Vail.
In short? Monahan’s achievement is really impressive because it’s incredibly tough to make the NHL as a teenager and be as productive as he has. Even when you take into account players that plied their trade during the tiny goaltender equipment era, almost nobody has been able to hit 100 goals at Monahan’s age in Flames history.
Monahan scored his 100th goal in his 298th regular season game. While he’s the youngest to hit 100 goals, he’s not close to being the fastest.
Lanny McDonald (133 games), Nieuwendyk (144 games), Joe Mullen (183 games), Fleury (203 games), Carey Wilson (260 games), Reichel (269 games), Daymond Langkow (283 games), Curt Bennett (283 games) and Guy Chouinard all got to the 100 goal mark in fewer games. Chouinard scored his 100th early in the 1979-80 season, well before he had played 298 games (but Hockey Reference doesn’t have game logs for that season so it’s unclear exactly how long it took). McDonald, Mullen, Langkow and Bennett had all spent time with other NHL clubs prior to the Flames, while the rest were in the first few seasons of their NHL careers.