This Day in History

                       

Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed "The Great One", is known for being one of the best players in the history of the NHL.  In fact, he has even been referred to as "the greatest hockey player ever" by numerous sportswriters and players. On November 23, 1988, Wayne Gretzky scored his 600th goal playing for the Los Angeles Kings.  The Kings were victorious in this game, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 8-3. 

                        

Gretzky is known for saying, "A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great player hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." And this is exactly how The Great One played. Adept at dodging checks from opposing players, he could consistently anticipate where the puck is going to be and execute the right move at the right time.  He became known for setting up behind the net, an area that was nicknamed "Gretzky's office" because of his skills in that location.

Throughout his career, Gretzky played for the Indianapolis Racers, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and the New York Rangers. Upon his retirement on April 18, 1999, he held forty regular season records, fifteen playoff records, and six All-Star records.  He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season - a feat he accomplished four times.

Gretzky's jersey number, 99, has been retired by all teams in the National Hockey League.  On November 22, 1999, The Great One was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  

                          

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