Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Sports from the Past - Wayne Gretzky Sets NHL Record for Consecutive Games Scoring a Goal
Sports from the Past is a "This Day in Sports" column that features one event from the past that occurred on this day.
It was in the 1980's when I became a huge hockey fan. My teenage years' were defined by watching great players like Wayne Gretzky.
It seemed as if Gretzky set a record a second in the 1980's and 90's. Today's event from the past features Wayne Gretzky and the incredible record that he set on January 27th, 1984.
1984 - Wayne Gretzky Sets NHL Record for Consecutive Games With a Goal
Wayne Gretzky is the greatest player I've ever watched play hockey. A great argument can be made that he is the greatest player in the history of the game. I loved watching Gretzky play. He was my favorite player growing up and likely most Canadian hockey fan's favorite player as well.
It was like Gretzky was Canada's hockey hero. I don't think I'll ever see a player like him. Gretzky was called "The Great One" for a reason. He was greatest player of his generation.
Gretzky could carry his team on his back. I really believe that Gretzky would have been just as great in today's game. People might laugh at me for saying that but Gretzky was such a great player that he would have adapted to the game and what it presented.
I remember hearing that Gretzky counted down the last minute of the game in his head. That's crazy good. I don't think we'll ever see another player like Wayne Gretzky again or a player that will score 51 goals in 51 consecutive games (Gretzky ended the streak at 51 the next night).