This Day In Sports History (March 23rd) – Wayne Gretzky
It was on this day in 1994 that Wayne Gretzky scored his record breaking 802nd career NHL goal. Gretzky surpassed his childhood hero Gordie Howe, whose record stood for almost 15 years.
In the second period of a game against the Vancouver Canucks, Gretzky received a cross-ice feed from Marty McSorley and buried it into a yawning cage for the record breaking goal. “The Great One” would record an additional 92 goals in his career, finishing with a total of 894 regular season goals. At the time of his retirement many considered this record to be untouchable, but that may no longer be the case.
Alex Ovechking appeared to be on pace to make a run at Gretzky’s record, as he averaged just under 54 goals over the course of his first four seasons in the league. However, he has slowed down considerably, scoring just 32 goals last season and he is currently sitting at just 33 goals with a few games remaining in this season. But suddenly a new candidate has emerged over the past few seasons, as Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning has now scored a total of 146 goals over the past three seasons. If he can keep that pace up, 895 career goals could be a possibility.
Here is a clip of Gretzky’s 802nd goal.
Jason Kidd, NBA – Born March 23rd 1973 (age 38) in San Francisco, California
Mark Buerhle, MLB – Born March 23rd 1979 (age 32) in St. Charles, Missouri
Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL – Born March 23rd 1985 (age 26) in Oakland, California