The Great Rookie’s seven assist game

 

On February 15,  1980, Wane Gretzky assisted seven goals, tying the league record with Detroit Red Wing’s Billy “the kid” Taylor.

The seven assists boosted the Edmonton Oilers to a 8-2 home victory over the Washington Capitals.

The Oilers finished the season 28-39-13, finishing fourth in the Smythe division. They lost three consecutive games to the Philadelphia Flyers, ending their season in the first round of the playoffs.

Gretzky was halfway through his first NHL season when he accumulated seven assists against the Capitals. By season’s end, he scored 51 goals and totaled 137 points. Hockey’s “Great One” was just getting started.

In 21 seasons with the NHL, Gretzky scored 894 goals and 1,963 assists, totaling 2,857 points. His accomplishments were highlighted with a Hockey Hall of Fame induction with the class of 1999.

Since retiring in 1999, Gretzky has become the only NHL player to have his number, 99, retired by the entire league.

Gretzky was the only player to be awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy for eight consecutive seasons. Only two players have won consecutive Hart Trophy’s since then. Dominik Hasek (1997 and 1998) and Alexander Ovechkin (2008 and 2009).

Gretzky has thousands of young hockey players looking up to his super-human abilities including scoring 378 his last season of Pee Wee hockey. His greatness, however, was not properly noted in the United States before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings.

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