Another milestone for The Great One. Wayne Gretzky turns 60
Edmonton Oiler captain Wayne Gretzky holds up the Stanley Cup while being mobbed by well-wishers after the Oilers won the cup in the fifth game against the Phildaelphia Flyers in Edmonton on Thursday night, May 30, 1985. Oiler centre Mike Krushelnyski is next to Gretzky. (CP PHOTO.Dave Buston)
Another milestone for The Great One. Wayne Gretzky turned 60 Tuesday.
It's a number the Hockey Hall of Famer knows well. The NHL notes that the former Edmonton Oiler, Los Angeles King, St. Louis Blue and New York Ranger scored 60 hat tricks (50 during the regular season and 10 in the playoffs) during an NHL career that stretched from 1979 to 1999.
No. 99 also recorded a point in 60 consecutive regular-season games from March 13, 1983, to Jan. 27, 1984 (one day after his 23rd birthday), during which he recorded 70 goals and 111 assists for 181 points.
The run began with a nine-game point streak to end the 1982-83 campaign (9-19--28) and continued with a 51-game stretch to start the 1983-84 season (61-92--153), which remains the longest point streak in NHL history.
Gretzky also holds NHL records for fewest games to 60 goals in a season (49 games played in 1981-82), 60 assists in a season (32 games played in 1985-86) and 60 assists in a career (56 games played).
The native of Brantford, Ont., retired with 894 goals and 1,963 assists for 2,857 points in 1,487 regular-season games.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2021