Share This Article This man was the first hockey player to score 800 career goals. Gordie Howe Wayne Gretzky Phil Esposito Mario Lemieux Gordie Howe. “Mr. Hockey” played the game professionally from the 1940s to the 1980s. Howe scored his 800th on February 29, 1980, just three weeks later Wayne Gretzky tied and then broke the record.