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Greatness personified

Saturday, 09.14.2002 / 6:35 PM / History
Greatness personified

Few careers were more star-studded or classy than that of Wayne Gretzky. The Hall of Fame center rewrote the NHL record book with singular blend of skill and savvy. NHL.com takes you for a tour of "The Great One's" career with a look back at his greatest game, his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame and Gretzky's place in the all-time hockey universe, plus much more.

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99 Reasons Why Gretzky is the "Great One"
Wayne Gretzky has been named the greatest player in hockey history by many people for many reasons. NHL.com gives you 99 reasons why.

Wayne Gretzky: Greatness Ascendant
For two decades, the ethereal Wayne Gretzky has lifted hockey to new and dizzying heights while establishing himself as the greatest player of all time. He transcends hockey and is the most statistically dominant player in the history of North American team sports. ...more

All-Star and International Highlights
When he wasn't obliterating the NHL record book, Gretzky spent some of his free time dominating All-Star Games and international competition.

NHL Records Held or Shared by Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky holds or shares 61 records listed in the League's Official Guide and Record Book.

Gretzky Stats Pack
During his 20-year career, Wayne Gretzky has captured 61 NHL scoring records. NHL.com provides a collection of Gretzky's career numbers.

Quote of the Day

We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5