No. 99? Strive primary.
On Oct. 15, 1989, Wayne Gretzky tied after which surpassed the NHL’s all-time scoring report.
He broke the report throughout a recreation towards the Edmonton Oilers, the group he’d gained 4 Stanley Cups with earlier than being traded to the Los Angeles Kings the previous year.
The sport was stopped for a particular ceremony when the report was damaged.
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A humble Gretzky thanked his household and paid tribute to the person who held the report earlier than him — Gordie Howe, who was available to see No. 99’s record-breaking efficiency.
“The best certainly one of all, Gordie Howe, has been following us round,” mentioned Gretzky, who idolized Howe. “He is simply nonetheless the best in my thoughts and all people else’s thoughts.”
Howe, for his half, was happy to see the report go to Gretzky.
“To see a child of that calibre go it, there isn’t any loss — I determine there’s all acquire,” mentioned Howe.
After that recreation, Gretzky had amassed a complete of 1,851 factors. He’d add greater than 1,000 factors to that whole by the point he retired 10 seasons later, finishing his unparalleled Hall of Fame career with 894 regular-season targets and 1,963 assists.
And nearly twenty years after his retirement, Gretzky stays the all-time scoring chief. Jaromir Jagr is now No. 2 on that list, adopted by Mark Messier after which Howe.