26 years ago today, Wayne Gretzky
broke the NHL’s points record in a Kings uniform.
In what was the start of his second full season with the Kings, he and the club traveled to Edmonton, Alberta on October 15, 1989 to take on the Oilers in an early-season battle against the defending Stanley Cup Champions at the-then Northlands Coliseum.
For Gretzky, it was his fifth game back in Edmonton since the August 9, 1988 trade that brought him to the Kings.
He entered the game with 1,849 career points to his name, which was downright astounding, considering he was in his only 11th NHL season. Gretzky tied Gordie Howe’s points record (1,850) when he assisted on Bernie Nicholls's opening goal of the evening five minutes into the game.
With just under a minute to play in regulation, and with the Kings down 4-3, Gretzky and the Kings lined up for a faceoff inside Edmonton’s zone to the right of Bill Ranford’s net. Steve Duchesne retained an Oilers clearing attempt at the blue-line, directed a shot/pass that ricochet off of Dave Taylor’s shin pad, and right onto the stick of Gretzky, who back-handed home the game-tying goal, his 1,851st point – a new NHL record.
Gretzky wasn’t done that night – he netted the game-winning goal in OT to give the Kings a 5-4 victory.
In his 21-year NHL career, Gretzky recorded 2,857 points in the form of 894 goals and 1,963 assists, and held or shared 61 different leage records.
Gretzky spent eight seasons with the Kings from 1988 through 1996, registering 918 points -- scoring 246 goals and dishing out 672 assists.