NHL History: Wayne Gretzky sets single season points record

It was on this day in 1986 that Edmonton Oilers legend, Wayne Gretzky, set what is likely to be an untouchable record with his 215th point of the season.

In the Oilers’ final game of the 1985-86 regular season, Wayne Gretzky added to his own single-season points record by registering a secondary assist on the early third period goal by Marty McSorley in a  3-2 victory over the lowly Vancouver Canucks. This face-melting run of excellence broke Gretzky’s own record of 212 points which came during the 1981-82 season. Personally, I can’t imagine anyone ever coming close to breaking this record seeing as Leon Draisaitl, the current NHL points leader from 2019-20, was on pace for 127 points, which is only 88 short of Gretzky’s benchmark. Different eras, I know, but these numbers are still crazy.

As of this writing and probably forever, Wayne Gretzky still holds the top-four spots for single-season point totals with 215 (85-86), 212 (81-82), 208 (84-85), and 205 (83-84). Even crazier is the fact that he holds eight of the top-10 positions, interrupted only by a pair of phenomenal years by Mario Lemieux that landed him in fifth and eighth.

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Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 52 163 215 46 71 10 8 11 19 2
WHA Totals 80 46 64 110 19 13 10 10 20 2
NHL Totals 1487 894 1963 2857 577 208 122 260 382 66