This Day In Sports History (December 19th) — Wayne Gretzky

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It was on this day in 1984 that Wayne Gretzky recorded his 1000th career point.  At the age of 23, he would become the youngest player in NHL history to reach that mark.

Gretzky entered the 1984-85 season with 914 points, and therefore only needed 86 points to reach 1000 for his career.  He would get their before the Christmas break, eventually finishing the season with an incredible 73 goals, 135 assists and 208 points.  That would turn out to be Gretzky’s third largest point total in a single season during his NHL career, as he posted 212 points during the 1981-82 season, and 215 points during the 1985-86 season.

“The Great One” finished his historic career with 894 goals, 1,963 assists and 2,857 points.  All three of those totals still stand as NHL records. And unless the game changes in a drastic way, chances are those records will stand the test of time.


Notable Birthdays

Kevin McHale, NBA – Born on December 19, 1957 (age 56) in Hibbing, Minnesota

Reggie White, NFL – Born on December 19, 1961 in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Warren Sapp, NFL – Born on December 19, 1972 (age 41) in Orlando, Florida

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