77 for 99

Wayne Gretzky's entire career was pretty much one broken record after another.  February 24, 1982 was no exception.  In the Oilers 64th game of the 1981 - 82 season, against the Buffalo Sabres, in the "Aud", Gretzky notched his 77th goal of the season.  With that goal, The Great One broke Phil Esposito's record for most goals in a seasonEnjoy the moment.

Don't you love how they stopped the game and had Esposito actually make a speech?  Would that happen today?  Probably not.

Gretzky would go on to score 92 goals in 81 - 82, leading the Oilers to a first place finish in the Smythe Division. He also broke his own record of 109 assists with an amazing 120 assists.  Look at what else Wayne won in 81 - 82:

  • Art Ross Trophy (awarded to the player who finishes the season with the most points)
  • Hart Memorial Trophy (awarded to the league's Most Valuable Player)
  • Lester B. Pearson Award (awarded to the Most Outstanding Player of the regular season)
  • NHL Plus / Minus Award

Unfortunately, Gretzky's amazing season ended abruptly when the Oilers were upset by the LA Kings in the first round of the playoffs.

Gretzky's 92 goals still stand as the record for the most goals scored in a single season.  Any guess who holds the #2 spot?  Yep, it's Wayne with 87 goals scored in the 83 - 84 season.  Do you think either of these records ever be broken?

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