Gretzky Breaks Howe’s Scoring Record
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Wayne Gretzky became the National Hockey League’s all-time leading scorer Sunday night, scoring his 1,851st point after only 11 pro seasons.
Gretzky, 28, broke Gordie Howe’s record of 1,850 points with a goal in the Los Angeles Kings’ game against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, scoring on goaltender Bill Ranford with 53 seconds remaining in regulation time to tie the score 4-4.
Gretzky then capped the night by scoring in overtime to give the Kings a 5-4 victory over the Oilers, the team he led to four Stanley Cups in five years.
After watching the puck enter the net for the record-setting point, Gretzky leaped into the air and was surounded by his teammates. The sellout crowd at Northlands Coliseum gave him an ovation that lasted more than two minutes.
The game was stopped as Howe, NHL president John Ziegler and Mark Messier, who succeeded Gretzky as captain of the Oilers, presented him with gifts marking the occasion, including a diamond bracelet containing 1.851 carats.
″An award such as this takes a lot of help,″ Gretzky told the crowd. ″Both teams that are here today are a big part of these 1,800 points.″