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01-20-2013, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Czech Your Math View Post
It appears Gordie was very close at age 40 in '69. I did a quick tally, so it could be off, but show that thru 35 games it was very tight:

Hull 49
Howe 48
Espo 47

After that, Howe slipped behind Espo, who also passed Hull in game 39.

The oldest player to have be at the top for a significant length of time was likely Mario in '03. He was ahead for most of the season, and still tied for the lead with 15 games left at age 37.
Nice work, yes those were the first two seasons I was thinking about as well. Gretzky was close in 1998, 12 points off, but he never led the league at any point since he went on a tear at the end of the year.

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