This Day In Sports History (March 1st) — Wayne Gretzky

wayne gretzky assist leader

It was on this day in 1988 that Wayne Gretzky surpassed Gordie Howe for the most career assists with his 1050th helper.  Gretzky set up Jari Kurri in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings during a 5-3 Oilers victory.

It was quite fitting that Kurri would score the record breaking goal as that combination was one of the most dominant scoring duos of all-time.  The Great One would go on to record 1963 career assists, giving him more assists than any other player’s career point total.  Mark Messier, Gretzky’s long time teammate, is second on the career points list, with 1887.

Gretzky currently holds 60 official NHL records, many of which are considered unbreakable.  His record for most career assists is definitely one that will stand the test of time.

Here is a tribute to  No. 99.

Notable Birthdays

Ron Francis, NHL – Born March 1st 1963 (age50) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Chris Webber, NBA – Born March 1st 1973 (age 40) in Detroit, Michigan

Alex Steen, NHL – Born March 1st 1984 (age 29) in Winnipeg, Manitoba