As of the completion of the 2016–17 season — the 99th regular season of play of the NHL — a total of 86 different ice hockey players have scored at least 1,000 regular season points in their NHL career.
A 1,000-point career was first achieved in the 44th year of the NHL (1960–61), when Gordie Howe scored his 1,000th point in his 938th game. The first (of only eight) defenceman to reach 1,000 points was Denis Potvin, playing in his 987th game during the 70th year of the NHL (1986–87).
The most recent player to reach 1,000 points was Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks. He did so on November 30, 2017 against the Nashville Predators.
Starting with Gordie Howe's achievement in 1960–61, and ignoring the cancelled (lockout) season of 2004–05, there have been 16 seasons in which no player happened to score their 1,000th career point. Of these 16, there were six seasons between Gordie Howe and the second player, Jean Beliveau, to make it to the 1,000 point mark.