Apr. 4, 1986 - Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with his 213th point of the season

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Wayne Gretzky won his seventh straight Hart Memorial Trophy and his sixth straight Art Ross trophy. During the 1985-86 season Gretzky scored 52 goals, and set records with 163 assists and 215 points. This was the fourth time in five years that Gretzky reached the 200 point plateau; no other player would reach the 200 point mark, although Mario Lemieux would garner 199 points in 76 games in 1989.

Mar. 1, 1988 - Wayne Gretzky becomes the NHL’s all-time leader in assists

Wayne Gretzky picked up a first period assist to move ahead of Gordie Howe as the NHL's all time leader in career assists. Howe had 1,049 assists in 26 years, Gretzky 1,050 in 9 years. That night the Edmonton Oilers beat the Kings 5-3.

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Feb. 12, 1982 - Wayne Gretzky tied NHL record with 153rd point of the season

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Edmonton Oilers' Wayne Gretzky scored his 70th goal of the season and added pair of assists in a 5-3 Oilers win over the Washington Capitals to tie an NHL record with his 153rd point of the season.

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Jan. 26, 1985 - Wayne Gretzky scored 50 goals in 49 games

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For the third season in a row, Gretzky scored 50 goals in 50 games. During the 1984-85 NHL season, Gretzky scored his 50th in the team’s 49th game (ending the season with 73 goals). His 50th goal came on January 26, 1985 (his 24th birthday), on the first of three goals he scored in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. This was the third time Gretzky scored 50 goals in 50 games, and the third time his 50/50 goal was part of a hat trick.

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Jan. 4, 1984 - Oilers beat the North Stars, 12-8, to set NHL record for highest scoring game

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Wayne Gretzky extended his NHL record consecutive game assist streak to 17 straight as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Minnesota North Stars, 12-8, the most goals scored in an NHL game since 1920. Gretzky led the scoring with four goals and four assists and his eight points is tied for his career high for most points in a single game. Gretzky had 38 assists during the 17 game streak. Mark Messier finished with 6 assists, and tied the Oilers record for most assists in one period (4). Both teams were Stanley Cup contenders and even found themselves pitted against one another in the the conference finals, only to have the Oilers sweep the North Stars on their way to back to back championships for the club.

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"I talk to student-athletes. I try to get them to remember that they’re not just athletes, but student-athletes. You need to get an education, keep your hands clean and try to represent the university." - Earl Campbell

Dec. 18, 1983 - Wayne Gretzky scored his 100th point of the NHL season

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The 1983–84 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers’ 5th season in the NHL. After an outstanding regular season, the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup. It was another record breaking season for the club. The Oilers would set club records in wins (57) and points (119), as they won the Smythe Division for the third straight season. Edmonton would break the NHL record for goals in a season, previously set by the Oilers the previous season, by scoring 446 times.

The Oilers got off to a strong start, winning 39 of their first 53 games. On December 18th, in a 7-5 victory over Winnipeg Jets, Wayne Gretzky scored his 100th point of the season. Gretzky continued his scoring prowess and for the s second time in his career he would break the 200 point barrier. He won the Art Ross Trophy for the fourth straight year with 205 points. Gretzky scored an NHL high 87 goals and 118 assists. Paul Coffey would put up 126 points, the 2nd highest point total ever by a defenceman, while Jari Kurri (113) and Mark Messier (101) would each break the 100 point mark for the club. Glenn Anderson would have a solid season, getting 54 goals, behind only Gretzky, and just miss the 100—point club as he finished with 99. Grant Fuhr would lead the club with 30 victories, while Andy Moog would put up a team best GAA of 3.77.

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"I had two things I could do. I could run over you, and I could put a good stiff arm on you. That was about it." - Earl Campbell

"I had two things I could do. I could run over you, and I could put a good stiff arm on you. That was about it." - Earl Campbell

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." - Wayne Gretzky

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." - Wayne Gretzky

Oct. 14, 1979 - Wayne Gretzky scored his first NHL goal

Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers needed three regular-season games to score his first NHL goal. It came against Glen Hanlon of the Vancouver Canucks during a 4-4 tie in Edmonton.

Gretsky went on to score 50 more goals that season, which was the highest total for a rookie in NHL history. He also won the NHL’s MVP award and was tied for the scoring lead at the end of the season with 137 points.

What came after the 1979 season was one of the greatest streaks of dominance in sports history. Gretzky was awarded the MVP award for the next seven consecutive years and led the league in goals for the next seven as well.

May 26, 1988 - The Edmonton Oilers won their fourth Stanley Cup in five seasons

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The Finals pitted the Oilers’ offensive juggernaut against the Bruins’ more balanced team. The Oilers showed their defensive prowess, surrendering just 9 goals in the four completed games. Ray Bourque was physical in defending against Gretzky, but that would not ground the Great One on his way to claiming his second Conn Smythe Trophy and setting playoff records with 31 assists in just 18 games, and 13 points in the Finals series.

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Apr. 4, 1986 - Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record with his 213th point of the season

Edmonton Oilers' Wayne Gretzky won his seventh straight Hart Trophy and his sixth straight Art Ross Trophy. This season saw Gretzky score 52 goals, and set records of 163 assists and 215 points. This was the fourth time in five years that Gretzky reached the 200 point plateau; no other player would reach the 200 point mark, although Mario Lemieux would garner 199 points in 76 games in 1989.

Feb. 24, 1980 - Wayne Gretzky, first to score 100 points before the age of 20

Gretzky played 20 seasons in the NHL for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed “The Great One”, he has been called “the greatest hockey player ever” by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. He is the leading point-scorer in NHL history, with more assists than any other player has points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. In addition to being its greatest scorer, Gretzky was the most gentlemanly superstar in the modern history of the NHL. He won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship and performance five times, and he often spoke out against fighting in hockey.

Jan. 26, 1985 - Wayne Gretzky scores 50 goals in 49 games

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Gretzky ended the season scoring 73 goals. Hi 50th goal came on January 26, 1985, (his 24th birthday,) on the first of three goals he scored in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was the third time Gretzky scored 50 goals in 50 games, and the third time his 50/50 goal was part of a hat trick.

That season Gretzky once again won the Art Ross Trophy by reaching the 200 plateau for the third time in four years. He also set a new record for assists in a season with 135 and won his sixth straight Hart Trophy.

The NHL officially defines “50 goals in 50 games” to mean that a player scores 50 goals in the team’s first 50 games of the season. This feat has been officially achieved eight times by five different players:

Maurice Richard:
- 1944–45: 50 in 50 games (50 in 50)
Mike Bossy:
- 1980–81: 50 in 50 games (50 in 50)
Wayne Gretzky:
- 1981–82: 61 in 50 games (50 in 39)
- 1983–84: 61 in 50 games (50 in 42)
- 1984–85: 53 in 50 games (50 in 49)
Mario Lemieux:
- 1988-89: 54 in 50 games (50 in 46)
Brett Hull
- 1990–91: 52 in 50 games (50 in 49)
- 1991–92: 50 in 50 games (50 in 50)

"Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top." - Paul Coffey

"Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top." - Paul Coffey

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