Wayne Gretzky: Remembering his record 802nd goal

Wayne Gretzky was already known as “The Great One” before March 23, 1994, but he took his legacy to new heights that night by becoming the NHL’s all-time goals leader. 

When the Kings hosted the Canucks at the Forum that night, Gretzky was on the verge of breaking his idol Gordie Howe’s record of 801 goals. Gretzky’s big moment came on a power play at 14:47 in the second period when he sent a pass from Marty McSorley into the net past Vancouver goalie Kirk McLean for career goal No. 802. 

Kings players immediately mobbed Gretzky on the ice to celebrate his historic moment, and the team halted the game to honor him with a presentation. Gretzky’s parents, Walter and Phyllis, his wife Janet, Kings owner Bruce McNall and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joined him on the ice for a 15-minute ceremony featuring a video of Gretzky and Howe’s career highlights. Bettman presented Gretzky with a book filled with a score sheet of every game he had scored in during this career.

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