March 23: Gretzky passes Howe by scoring 802nd NHL goal
Our two favorite Luc Robitaille quotes as he recalls Gretzky scoring his 802nd goal:
“I don’t know why no one’s asked me for my stick? But I still have it …”
“We just couldn’t believe he got a Rolls-Royce. I mean none of us had seen a Rolls-Royce.” pic.twitter.com/f2MkPIiic9
— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 24, 2019
- 1994: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings scores his 802nd NHL goal, breaking Gordie Howe’s NHL career record.
- The goal comes at 14:47 of the second period in the Kings’ 6-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.
- Gretzky takes a cross-ice pass from defenseman Marty McSorley on a give-and-go that leaves Vancouver goalie Kirk McLean out of position and allows Gretzky to score into a virtually empty net.
- The sellout crowd erupts when teammates, led by Luc Robitaille and followed closely by McSorley, mob him after Gretzky raises his arms in triumph.
- Gretzky surpasses Howe during his 15th NHL season and finishes his NHL career in 1999 with 894 goals and 2,857 points, records that have yet to be approached.
Wayne Gretzky scores 802nd Goal