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• Saturday, 26 December, 2020
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Jump to navigationJump to search Gretzky set records in both regular season and post-season play, holding the record for most career regular season goals (894), assists (1,963), points (2,857) and hat-tricks (50). Gretzky's point total including regular season and playoffs stands at an imposing 3,239 (1,016 goals, 2,223 assists).

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Mario Remain originally held the record when Gretzky retired with 2.005 points per game, but after Remain came back to the NHL from 2000 to 2005, his points per game average fell to 1.883, falling to second behind Gretzky. Because of Gretzky's season played in the WHA, he was not considered a rookie in his first year, so the rookie record belongs to Teems Elaine with 132 Most assists by an NHL player in his first year: 86.

The rookie record is held jointly by Peter Tasty and Joe Juneau with 70 assists. The mark of 50 goals in 50 games is a rare event, achieved by only five players.

The quickest, 50 goals in 39 games, is often labelled as the most difficult one to break of all of Gretzky's records. Most seasons leading the league in goals, assists and Plus/Minus: 4 (no other player has done this, although Plus/Minus was only counted since 1967).

(1998), Total hockey : the official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League, New York, New York: Total Sports, ISBN 0-8362-7114-9 Dryden, Steve, ed. (1998), The Top 100: NHL players of all time, Toronto, Ontario: McClelland & Stewart Inc., ISBN 0-7710-4175-6 Dryden, Steve, ed.

(1999), Total Gretzky : the magic, the legend, the numbers, Toronto, Ontario: McClelland & Stewart Inc., ISBN 0-7710-4177-2 Urgent, Scott (2004), The Complete Historical and Statistical Reference to the World Hockey Association: 1972-1979, Paler Press, ISBN 0-9644774-4-0 Wilkes, Ed (2004), The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart, ISBN 0-7710-8947-3 History PersonnelRecords League records (individual, team) Statistical leaders (by country of birth) Points, career (min.

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300) Goaltenders who have scored Wayne Gretzky's records Gordie Howe's records The Longest winning streaks The Longest losing streaks Wayne Gretzky spent his entire professional hockey career (20 seasons in the NHL and one in the WHA) rewriting the record books.

In each of the years that Gretzky won the award, he amassed at least 130 points during the season. The Great One averaged 195.5 points per season in the years that he was the recipient of the Art Ross Trophy.

Based on the numbers that today’s superstars put up, the record is safe for the time being. Steven Stamps had a great season with the Tampa Bay Lightning last year, reaching the 60-goal plateau for the first time in his career.

However, if Stamps were to match Gretzky’s single-season record, the Lightning forward would need to average another 0.42 goals per game throughout the course of the season. Many of the records that Gretzky broke throughout his illustrious career were set by his boyhood idol, Gordie Howe.

Gretzky’s 1,072 professional goals factor in his goals from the NHL regular season, the NHL playoffs, the WHA regular season, and the WHA playoffs. With nobody in striking distance of Wayne’s NHL regular season record of 894 goals, topping 1,072 in a career will also be a tough feat to accomplish.

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In baseball, a telling stat about Hank Aaron’s greatness is that if you took away all of his 755 home runs, he would still have amassed 3,000 hits in his career. Mark Messier, Gretzky’s longtime friend and teammate with both the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers, is second all-time in points with 1,887.

Gretzky chats with Fleur (Photo by Frank Lennon/Toronto Star via Getty Images) The odds of a player in the NHL recording 200 points in any season are slim to none.

For the past 15 years, Alex Overlain has dazzled NHL fans with his wicked one-timer. He has racked up 706 goals, which puts him in eighth place on the NHL all-time list.

One thing Washington Capitals fans have been thinking about lately is, will Overlain break WayneGretzky’s all-time goals record? Gretzky stands alone atop the NHL leaderboard in career goals scored with 894.

Yet, since the 2005-06 NHL season, no player has scored more goals than “the Great 8”. Washington Capitals’ Alex Overlain scoring his 700th goal, Feb. 22, 2020.

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On Feb. 22, 2020, Overlain scored the 700 TH goal of his storied NHL career in signature style. The 34-year-old superstar unleashed a powerful one-time slap shot that beat the goaltender before he could react, to become a member of the 700-goal club.

Overlain may not be as graceful a skater or as good a playmaker as Gretzky, but he is the most powerful blend of size, speed, and goal-scoring ability that the NHL has ever seen. Overlain’s physical strength has allowed him to stay healthier longer than Gretzky.

Opposing teams have tried to limit the number of times Overlain has scored against them from his office on the power play, with little success. The Caps’ playmakers know that the best way to score is to find Overlain ready to tee off.

The next all-time greats that Overlain needs to pass are Mike Gartner (708), Phil Esposito (717), Marcel Dionne (731), Brett Hull (741), Armor Jar (766), and Gordie Howe (801). Overlain can do it, but he has to run the table: He can’t afford to suffer a bad injury, the Caps will have to keep being a strong team, and there can be no NHL labor disputes that suspend games.

It’s a big “if” for all of this to happen, but that is what makes sports fun to watch. I've noticed a bunch of these over the years posting on here and reading up on it, so I thought I'd compile a list for fun discussion.

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But these obvious or oft-celebrated things aside, what are his 10 most amazing achievements that are a bit more obscure? 1) Gretzky led the NHL in goals and assists in the same season 5 times.

No one else has done it more than twice (Howe and Remain) and, not counting Gretzky, it’s been achieved only five times in the past 100 years. 2) 1982-82 home ice stats: 40 games played: 59 goals, 64 assists, 123 points.

(He would have led the Oilers in scoring by 18 points if he’d never left Edmonton all season.) That is, Wayne would have won the 1987 scoring title if he’d never left Edmonton all season.

8) “Won” the 1983-84 scoring title on January 7th, 1984 (his 42nd game of the season). 11) From 1981-82 through 1986-87 (six seasons), Gretzky outscored the next best producer by a points' ratio of 1219 to 698 (in plus/minus, it’s +459 to +284).

Just mentioned this in another thread, but I'm always impressed that Gretzky would have led the league in points two times (and tied a third) without scoring a single goal... while also leading the league in goals. It is impressive enough to do that over an entire career, even with the advantage of having played in the 1980s.

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At that time, the only thing people would have seen is him obliterating the league every year. At that time, the only thing people would have seen is him obliterating the league every year.

Players like Orr / Remain / Forster get romanticized a lot because they were never really seen fading away outside their prime years. It's like the 27 club for musicians. Better to burn out than to fade away.

Gretzky (and his dad) is the first in a string of Canadian superstars to really push the boundaries of control over one’s developmental pathway. His dad unsuccessfully used the Ontario courts to force the CAA and the Ontario Minor Hockey Association to allow Wayne to leave Brantford and play for a minor hockey team in what is now the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

Walter even had legal guardianship papers (of dubious legitimacy) drawn up to support a “change of residency” argument. The Liners family is quite possibly the most litigious in youth/junior hockey history.

To me, one of the beautiful ironies is that Gretzky, Liners and Crosby were, at various times, the Face of Hockey Canada. Yet, all three sued them at one point and went to extraordinary lengths to exert developmental self-determination, beginning really at age 14.

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1) Gretzky led the NHL in goals and assists in the same season 5 times. I've noticed a bunch of these over the years posting on here and reading up on it, so I thought I'd compile a list for fun discussion.

But these obvious or oft-celebrated things aside, what are his 10 most amazing achievements that are a bit more obscure? GRETZKY LED THE LEAGUE IN ASSIST FOR 13 STRAIGHT SEASONS, 16 IN ALL.

Players like Orr / Remain / Forster get romanticized a lot because they were never really seen fading away outside their prime years. It's like the 27 club for musicians. Better to burn out than to fade away.

Every asshat (HOW excepted of course) who says Gretzky only scored so much because nobody was allowed to hit him” doesn't think about this. Even if we accept the ridiculous notion that hitting Gretzky in NHL action was forbidden, please explain his dominance of international play.

Also, the idea that somebody like Denis Protein would avoid hitting Gretzky due to either i) being intimidated (as if), or ii) some unwritten rule that hitting Gretzky is not allowed, is uproariously funny. The Gretzky Trophy for assist points leader or the more subjective voting: “passer”.

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Points > Assists Best overall player > the best playmaker Best playoff performer ever > the best playmaker Gretzky is all 3 of the above things (most points, the best player, the best playoffs). Naming an award for him on just assists seems cheap TBH as it doesn't recognize his overall greatness.

GRETZKY LED THE LEAGUE IN ASSIST FOR 13 STRAIGHT SEASONS, 16 IN ALL. The Gretzky Trophy for assist points leader or the more subjective voting: “passer”.

Even Greta the highlights are 80/20 goals to passes when it should be the opposite!! I agree, this was Wayne's bread and butter, and his strength that'll remain the most undisputed.

Conceivably, in other eras Gretzky's goal scoring would suffer to some extent*. Some players perform more equally against all competition, whereas others blow up in some environment and suffocate in others.

I can't conceive any era where Wayne isn't by far the best playmaker. GRETZKY LED THE LEAGUE IN ASSIST FOR 13 STRAIGHT SEASONS, 16 IN ALL.

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Not once in that stretch did he go back-to-back regular season games without scoring a point. Fifteen 5-or-more point games in a season (1983-84) is pretty crazy...

Because of his “jersey tuck” Nike, and later CCM, manufactured his sweaters with their logo on both the bottom left and bottom right of the back of the sweater so that even when Gretzky tucked his jersey in, their logo was still visible. Not once in that stretch did he go back-to-back regular season games without scoring a point.

If you go a layer deeper into the scoreless games for Gretzky in that first season (1982-83)... Dec. 9, 1982: Oilers tie against the Kings. Jets goalies are Doug Southern & Ed Winiowski.

I would be curious to know how many empty net points he had in his career, but I couldn’t find that. He was a threat every time he was on the ice and just never took his foot off the gas.

Think about it, in 1999 a season where Gretzky is basically a small fraction of his former self, and he still finishes 6th in assists and was the All-Star Game MVP. Think about it, in 1999 a season where Gretzky is basically a small fraction of his former self, and he still finishes 6th in assists and was the All-Star Game MVP.

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Yes, and don't forget he was injured in his final season (missed about a month). At the time of his injury (Feb. 22nd, game 58) he was 2nd in the NHL to Jar in assists.

It's crazy how consistently good he was in the playoffs and in international competitions his entire career. You figure there would be one tournament whereby some fluke or playing with injury he would finish under a point per game, but no, not once in 20 years.

Just over a decade later peak Overlain had 11 goals and 10 assists in 14 games in his best per game playoff performance of his entire career for context, and I believe that was compared to Gretzky's 2nd worst and last playoff run of his career. It's crazy how consistently good he was in the playoffs and in international competitions his entire career.

You figure there would be one tournament whereby some fluke or playing with injury he would finish under a point per game, but no, not once in 20 years. Just over a decade later peak Overlain had 11 goals and 10 assists in 14 games in his best per game playoff performance of his entire career for context, and I believe that was compared to Gretzky's 2nd worst and last playoff run of his career.

Even when Outer ran him into the boards in 1991 Gretzky still finished at the top of the scoring race for that tournament. I honestly think that since he didn't have Remain by his side like in 1987 that he was at least as good in the 1991 tournament.

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Even when Outer ran him into the boards in 1991 Gretzky still finished at the top of the scoring race for that tournament. I honestly think that since he didn't have Remain by his side like in 1987 that he was at least as good in the 1991 tournament.

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