Lost opportunities

RODNEY WILSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

No hockey season? Wow, some of the sport's all-time greats are missing out on personal milestones and NHL records thanks to the ongoing lockout, which is threatening to wipe out the entire season.

Here's a look at 12 players who are losing out on more than just salary during the labour dispute:

- Mark Messier: Messier is only 11 games behind Gordie Howe for career NHL games played. The 44-year-old Messier is also only six goals shy of 700 and seven assists short of 1,200. The Moose would have attained both milestones and the record by now.

- Ron Francis: Francis is only 52 points back of Howe for third place in all-time scoring. Francis also trails Howe by 36 games played. The 41-year-old's NHL career may be over thanks to the lockout.

- Mario Lemieux: The Pittsburgh Penguins owner is only 17 goals shy of 700 for his career. If healthy, he could achieve this milestone in half a season.

- Brett Hull: Hull, who turned 40 this summer, is 59 goals shy of 800 and one more short of Gordie Howe's total of 801. He would need at least two full NHL seasons to accomplish this goal.

- Steve Yzerman: The Detroit Red Wings longtime captain is only 22 goals shy of 700. Yzerman, who will be 40 next summer, would likely need a full NHL season to achieve this mark. Yzerman is also only 47 games shy of 1,500 for his career.

- Brian Leetch: The slick defenceman is only four points short of 1,000 for his career. The 36-year-old, who had 51 points last season, would have reached the milestone by now.

- Teemu Selanne: The Finnish Flash is only 49 points shy of 1,000 for his career. Judging by his 32-point season last year, the 34-year-old will need at least a full season to achieve this goal.

- Peter Bondra: The sniper who joined the Senators last season is 16 games shy of 1,000 for his career. Bondra, who turns 37 in February, is also only 23 goals away from 500.

- Brendan Shanahan: The power forward is 42 goals away from 600 for his career. The 36-year-old would likely need two seasons to accomplish this feat.

- Phil Housley: The 40-year-old defenceman is five games short of 1,500 career games played. He is also six helpers shy of 900 career assists.

- Tie Domi: The Maple Leafs enforcer is closing in on a record and several milestones. Domi is 560 penalty minutes away from Dave "Tiger" Williams for the NHL record. Domi would need at least three full NHL seasons to achieve that record. He is also 57 games shy of 1,000 games played and one goal shy of 100 for his career.

- Martin Brodeur: In 11 seasons, Brodeur has accumulated 403 victories. Patrick Roy retired as the all-time wins leader with 551 in 18 seasons. The 32-year-old Brodeur would catch Roy with four 37-win seasons. However, missing a full year during his prime could cost the Devils netminder a shot at the record.

Several other veterans are closing in on 500 career NHL goals -- Pierre Turgeon (5 away); Bondra (23); Jeremy Roenick (25); Mats Sundin (35); Alexander Mogilny (39); Mike Modano (42); Mark Recchi (44); and Theoren Fleury (45).

If the NHL season is lost, it will mark the first time a major sport's season is cancelled.

And for several of the game's all-time best players, it will prevent them from attaining some impressive achievements.


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