Today in Sports History: December 19

By Veronica An

Hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, scored his 1,000th point in 1984. Gretzky was the eighteenth player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-goal mark and, at age 23, the youngest. He scored 1,000 goals in just 424 games for the Edmonton Oilers. As centre for the Oilers, Gretzky led the team to four Stanley Cup championships. In 1988, Gretzky was traded to the Los Angles Kings and proved to be a formidable player and leading the Kings to victory over his former team. As a player, Gretzky was known for his ability to improvise creative plays, his scoring accuracy, and what some called his uncanny hockey instincts. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999 and the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2000. The same year, Gretzekyโ€™s no. 99 jersey was retired at the NHL All-Star Game.

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