This Day In Sports History (December 30th) — Wayne Gretzky
It was on this day in 1981 that Edmonton Oilers center Wayne Gretzky scored his 50th goal of the season in just his 39th game. Gretzky broke the record of 50 goals in 50 games that was held by both Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy.
Wayne Gretzky entered game #39 with 45 goals and needed to score five to get to 50 before the new year. With already four goals to his name, Gretzky buried an empty netter for his fifth goal of the game to reach 50 in the Oilers 7-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Gretzky went on to break Phil Esposito’s record of 76 goals in a season when he recorded his 77th in February. “The Great One” finished the year with 92 goals, a record which still stands today.
Scoring in the National Hockey League is way down when compared to the numbers being put up in the 1980’s. With that being said, Gretzky’s record of 50 goals in 39 games figures to be safe for a very long time.
Here are Gretzky’s five goals against the Flyers.
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