March 25, 2013

Great Moments In Hockey History: 802!


Whenever hockey fans debate the greatest goal scorer of all time the usual names are unfailingly mentioned - Rocket Richard for his clutch timing, Mario Lemieux for his sheer artistry, Mike Bossy and Brett Hull for their incredible shot.

But you know who is often forgotten in the debate? The NHL's all time leading goal scorer - by far - Wayne Gretzky.

The Great One scored 1016 NHL goals (including playoffs). Yet even with that seemingly untouchable record well in hand, Gretzky is better remembered as a playmaker. After all, even if you did not count any of #99's goals, he would still be the NHL's all time leading scorer. That's right - Gretz had more assists than anyone else has points!

Another reason people tend to forget Gretzky in the debate is he lacks a signature goal. Over 1000 goals and somehow he never had a lot of memorable goals. There was the OT slapper against Calgary's Mike Vernon, and I guess you'd include the empty netter that gave him 50 goals in 39 games.

For many fans the signature Wayne Gretzky goal was the goal that crowned him as the greatest goal scorer in hockey history. On March 23rd, 1994 Wayne Gretzky scores against Vancouver's Kirk McLean. In doing so he broke his childhood hero's record for most regular season goals in a career.

Gordie Howe's 801 was once thought of as unbreakable. After all, it took Gordie 26 years and nearly 1800 games to total that many goals. Gretzky bettered him in his 15th season, after just over 1100 games!

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