This Day In Sports History (April 4th) — Wayne Gretzky
It was on this day in 1986 that Wayne Gretzky broke the record for most points in a single season by recording his 213th point of the campaign. He would go on to record two more points that season, setting the new mark at 215 points.
Gretzky held the previous record of 212 points, which he recorded during the 1981-82 season. The following three years he would record 196, 205 and 208 points before reaching the 215 mark during the 1985-86 season. He reached that total by scoring 52 goals and dishing out 163 assists, which was also a new single season record. Despite his regular season success, Gretzky would fail to lead his Oilers to their third Stanley Cup in a row, losing to the Calgary Flames in the second round of the playoffs.
Till this day, Gretzky’s 215 points remain the most ever recorded in a single NHL season, as do his 163 assists. In fact, Gretzky still holds the top four, and seven of the top eight single season point totals, with Mario Lemieux occupying the fifth spot on that list. There are several records that Gretzky holds which may never be broken, and his single season point total from 1985-86 is one of them.
Here is a look at Gretzky’s top 10 moments from his career.
Roberto Luongo, NHL – Born on April 4, 1979 (age 35) in Montreal, Quebec
Allan Houston, NBA – Born April 4, 1971 (age 43) in Louisville, Kentucky
Jack Del Rio, NFL – Born April 4, 1963 (age 51) in Castro Valley, California