The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes

Wayne Gretzky

Hockey

1983


Colour photo of Wayne Gretzky skating down the ice

Colour photo of Wayne Gretzky skating down the ice

Date
January 26, 1983
Collection
Lewis Portnoy/Hockey Hall of Fame

Lord Stanley on his mind…

He is racking up goals and points at a faster per-game pace than any player in history. He scores his second trophy hat-trick winning the three highest awards for a forward, the Hart—league MVP, the Art Ross Trophy— scoring champion, and the Lester B. Pearson—MVP chosen by the players. He leads the Edmonton Oilers to their first final and produces 38 points in the playoffs. He now owns or shares 34 NHL marks.

It is bittersweet for Wayne Gretzky. He is a consummate team player. You just have to look at his assists for evidence. In the 1982-1983 season he breaks his own assist record with 125. He graciously acknowledges his delight at being named Canada’s outstanding ‘athlete’ but reminds the media that the records he accumulates are only meaningful if they help the team. He would likely trade in all the honours and the accompanying hardware for hockey’s most coveted prize. It eluded Gretzky and his teammates in a four game drubbing at the hands of the more experienced New York Islanders. Count on Gretzky and mates to chalk this one up to experience. The Oilers have talent and chemistry; they will not lie down.

Wayne Gretzky says he wants to drink from Lord Stanely’s Cup so badly he “can taste the silver!”

Great Gretzky pockets Lou Marsh award again Adobe PDF Transcript


Highlights

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)
1982
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
1982
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)
1999
Number 99 is retired league wide. No other player in the NHL will wear Wayne Gretzky’s number, 99 again