The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes

Wayne Gretzky



L.A. Kings Captain, Wayne Gretzky, coming down the ice

L.A. Kings Captain, Wayne Gretzky, coming down the ice

Paul Bereswill/Hockey Hall of Fame

For the Record

October 15, 1989, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton. Gretzky’s is moving in on Gordie Howe’s all-time scoring record of 1850 points. Adding weight to the drama, Gordie Howe, NHL brass and Gretzky’s wife and family are in tow as they have been for the last ten days to guarantee they witness what seems inevitable. It’s a sell out crowd and 17,503 fans don’t seem to mind a bit that Gretzky is now in a Los Angeles Kings’ uniform and that his Kings eliminated their Oilers in the playoffs in May. Gretzky is exactly where he should be, home to so many of his triumphs and so many loyal fans. He tied Howe’s record earlier in the game and that’s enough to put everyone into a heightened state of excitement. There is less than one minute to play. The Oilers are ahead 4-3 and the Kings want to tie – Gretzky would like this to be the night. Steve Duchesne rolls the puck across to Gretzky just on the left side of the net. He gets it on the backhand and in one fluid motion he sweeps it in. Number 1851. Just as his father Walter hoped for, it came with a goal. Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, has become the greatest of them all…the leading all-time scorer in the history of the NHL.

In an emotional on-ice ceremony immediately after the record-breaking goal, the modest and always gracious Gretzky, reverently closes with comments to his idol: “And of course Gordie Howe…he’s still just the greatest in my mind and everyone else’s mind.”

And then…with some work left to do, Gretzky caps a remarkable evening by dumping in the overtime goal to give the Kings the win! Classic Gretzky.

Wayne Gretzky now holds the record for most NHL records with 51! He is chosen Canada’s Outstanding Athlete (Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy Recipient) for an unprecedented fourth time.

No. 99 wins Marsh – for the record Adobe PDF Transcript


1980, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship)
1980-1983, 1985, 1989, 1999
Lionel Conacher Award (Canadian male athlete of the year)
1980-1987, 1989
Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player)
1981 -1987, 1990, 1991, 1994
Art Ross Trophy (scoring champion)
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
1982, 1983, 1985, 1989
Lou Marsh Memorial Award
1982-1985, 1987
Lester B. Pearson Award (outstanding player, voted by the players)
1982-1985, 1987
NHL Goal Scoring leader, now the Maurice Richard Trophy
1983, 1989, 1999
NHL All-Star Game MVP
1984, 1985, 1987, 1988
Stanley Cup Champion
1984, 1985, 1991
Canada Cup Champion
1985, 1988
Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff most valuable player)
Number 99 is retired league wide. No other player in the NHL will wear Wayne Gretzky’s number, 99 again.