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61 Days Until The Season Begins

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Cam Lewis
6 months ago
Throughout the summer and into the fall, we’ll be counting down the days until the Edmonton Oilers begin their 2023-24 season with a daily trip down memory lane. Since no player has suited up wearing No. 61 for the Oilers, let’s look at the 61 official NHL records that Wayne Gretzky either held or shared when he retired in 1999.
A couple of notes before we begin… Gretzky set hundreds of records throughout his career but these are the ones that were recognized by the NHL’s official record book. Also, four of these records have since been broken since Gretzky retired and the new record holder is written down beside the record he previously held.

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Gretzky’s Regular Season Records…

  1. Most goals: 894 in 1,487 games.
  2. Most goals, including playoffs: 1,016 in 1,487 regular season games including 122 playoff goals.
  3. Most goals, one season: 92 in 1981–82, 80-game schedule.
  4. Most goals, one season, including playoffs: 100 in 1983–84, 87 goals in 74 regular season games and 13 goals in 19 playoff games.
  5. Most goals, 50 games from start of season: 61 in 1981–82 (7 October 1981 to 22 January 1982, 80-game schedule) and 1983–84 (5 October 1983 to 25 January 1984), 80-game schedule.
  6. Most goals, one period: 4 (tied with 10 other players) 18 February 1981.
  7. Most assists: 1,963.
  8. Most assists, including playoffs: 2,223.
  9. Most assists, one season: 163 in 1985–86, 80-game schedule.
  10. Most assists, one season, including playoffs: 174 in 1985–86, 163 assists in 80 regular season games and 11 assists in 10 playoff games.
  11. Most assists, one game: 7 (tied with Billy “The Kid” Taylor) on three occasions — 16 February 1980, 11 December 1985, 15 February 1986.
  12. Most assists, one road game: 7 (tied with Billy “The Kid” Taylor) 11 December 1985.
  13. Most points: 2,857 in 1,487 games (894 goals, 1,963 assists).
  14. Most points, including playoffs: 3,239 in 1,487 regular season and 208 playoff games. (1016 goals, 2223 assists).
  15. Most points, one season: 215 in 1985–86, 80-game schedule (52 goals, 163 assists).
  16. Most points, one season, including playoffs: 255 in 1984–85; 208 points in 80 regular season games and 47 points in 18 playoff games.
  17. Most overtime assists, career: 15(UPDATE: Patrick Kane now holds the record with 26 assists in regular season overtime)
  18. Most goals by a centre, career: 894.
  19. Most goals by a centre, one season: 92 in 1981–82, 80-game schedule.
  20. Most assists by a centre, career: 1,963.
  21. Most assists by a centre, one season: 163 in 1985–86, 80-game schedule.
  22. Most points by a centre, career: 2,857.
  23. Most points by a centre, one season: 215 in 1985–86, 80-game schedule.
  24. Most assists in one game by a player in his first season: 7 on 15 February 1980.
  25. Highest goals-per-game average, one season: 1.18 in 1983–84, 87 goals in 74 games.
  26. Highest assists-per-game average, career (300 minutes): 1.321 — 1,963 assists in 1,487 games.
  27. Highest assists-per-game average, one season: 2.04 in 1985–86, 163 assists in 80 games.
  28. Highest points-per-game average, one season (among players with 50 or more points): 2.77 in 1983–84, 205 points in 74 games.
  29. Most 40-or-more goal seasons: 12 in 20 seasons. (UPDATE: Alex Ovechkin recorded his 13th 40-goal season in 2022-23 and now holds this record) 
  30. Most consecutive 40-or-more goal seasons: 12 from 1979–80 to 1990–91.
  31. Most 50-or-more goal seasons: 9 (tied with Mike Bossy and Alex Ovechkin).
  32. Most 60-or-more goal seasons: 5 (tied with Mike Bossy).
  33. Most consecutive 60-or-more goals seasons: 4 from 1981–82 to 1984–85.
  34. Most 100-or-more point seasons: 15.
  35. Most consecutive 100-or-more point seasons: 13 from 1979–80 to 1991–92.
  36. Most three-or-more goal games, career: 50 — 37 three-goal (hat trick) games, nine four-goal games, four five-goal games.
  37. Most three-goal games, one season: 10 (done twice) in 1981–82 and 1983–84.
  38. Longest consecutive assist scoring streak: 23 games in 1990–91, 48 assists.
  39. Longest consecutive point-scoring streak: 51 Games in 1983–84 (October 5, 1983 to January 28, 1984, 61 goals, 92 assists for 153 points).
  40. Longest consecutive point-scoring streak from start of season: 51 in 1983–84; 61 goals, 92 assists for 153 points (October 5, 1983 to January 28, 1984).

Gretzky’s Playoff Records…

  1. Most playoff goals, career: 122.
  2. Most playoff assists, career: 260.
  3. Most assists, one playoff year: 31 in 1988 (19 games).
  4. Most assists in one series: 14 (in 1985 Conference Finals (six games vs. Chicago). (UPDATE: Leon Draisaitl recorded 15 assists in the second round of the 2022 playoff and now holds this record) 
  5. Most assists in final series: 10 in 1988 (four games, plus suspended game vs. Boston).
  6. Most assists, one playoff game: 6 (tied with Mikko Leinonen) on 9 April 1987.
  7. Most assists, one playoff period: 3 — Three assists by one player in one period of a playoff game has been recorded on 70 occasions, five of them by Gretzky.
  8. Most points, career: 382 — 122 goals and 260 assists.
  9. Most points, one playoff year: 47 in 1985 (17 goals and 30 assists in 18 games).
  10. Most points in final series: 13 in 1988 three goals and 10 assists (four games plus suspended game vs. Boston, three goals).
  11. Most points, one playoff period: 4 (tied with nine other players).
  12. Most short-handed goals, one playoff year: 3 (tied with five other players) 1983.
  13. Most short-handed goals, one playoff game: 2 (tied with eight other players) 6 April 1983.
  14. Most game-winning goals in playoffs, career: 24 (tied with Brett Hull).
  15. Most three-or-more goals games (hat trick): 10 (eight three-goal games, two four-goal games).

Gretzky’s All-Star Game Records…

  1. Most All-Star game goals, career: 13 (in 18 games played).
  2. Most All-Star game goals, one game: 4 (tied with three players) 1983 Campbell Conference.
  3. Most All-Star game goals, one period: 4 1983 Campbell Conference, third period.
  4. Most All-Star game assists, career: 12(UPDATE: Joe Sakic now holds the record with 12 All-Star Game assists)
  5. Most All-Star game points, career: 25 (13 goals, 12 assists in 18 games).
  6. Most All-Star game points, one period: 4 (tied with Mike Gartner and Adam Oates) 1983 Campbell Conference, third period (four goals).

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