This Day In Sports History (July 21st) – Wayne Gretzky

It was on this day in 1996 that Wayne Gretzky signed a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.  The signing reunited Gretzky with long-time Edmonton Oiler teammate Mark Messier.

Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier spent nine very successful years together in Edmonton winning four Stanley Cups.  However, their reunion in New York was short-lived, as after only one year together, Mark Messier was a free agent and decided to leave town and sign with the Vancouver Canucks.

Wayne Gretzky would end his professional hockey career with the Rangers, playing his final three seasons in New York.  In his first two seasons with the Rangers, Gretzky put up solid numbers, posting over 20 goals and 90 points in both years.  However, in his final season, at the age of 37 “The Great One” had by far his worst statistical season, scoring only nine goals and 62 points to go along with a -23.

Here are highlights of Gretzky in a Rangers uniform.

Notable Birthdays

David Carr, NFL – Born July 21ST 1979 (age 32) in Bakersfield, California

C.C. Sabathia, MLB – Born July 21ST 1980 (age 31) in Vallejo, California

Kellen Winslow II, NFL – Born July 21ST 1983 (age 28) in San Diego, California

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