Today in Sports History: May 19

In 1984, Edmonton Oilers center, Wayne Gretzky, scored twice in the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Islanders with a victory, 5-2. Gretzky led the Oilers to their first Stanley Cup title. 

Gretzky was known as “The Great One,” for his feats on and off the ice. He was a role model to most and won four Stanley Cup Championships. 

He holds or shares 61 NHL records such as the all-time leading scorer with 2,857 points, and the only player to score 2,000 career points. He holds the record for most goals, 894, and most assists, 1,963. Gretzky had 382 career points within the playoffs, scoring 100 more points than any other player in the NHL. 

Gretzky played for the Oilers from 1979 until 1988, the Los Angeles Kings from 1988 until 1996, and the New York Rangers from 1996 until 1999. Gretzky in his overall career played 1,487 games and had 2,857 points total. He also played for Team Canada in the 1991 Canada Cup, 1996 World Cup, and 1998 Japan winter Olympics. 

Gretzky was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1980, 1991, 1992, 1994, and 1999. He was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1985 and 1998, and the Hart Memorial Trophy consecutively from 1980 until 1989. He also won the Ted Lindsay award in 1982-85 and 1987 and the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1994. Lastly, he was also awarded the Art Ross Trophy consecutively from 1981 until 1987 and from 1990, 1991, and 1994. 

He officially retired in 1999 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame the same exact year. He was also inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame the following year in 2000 for his incredible hockey accomplishments.

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