We’re normally starting up another hockey season, but we’re in a different world. Last Word on Hockey is still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for October 15, featuring Wayne Gretzky.
Today in Hockey History
Wayne Gretzky Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer
1989: The Los Angeles Kings centre passes Gordie Howe as the league’s all-time leading scorer. He assists on Bernie Nicholls‘ goal to tie Howe with 1,850 points. However, the Edmonton Oilers keep taking the lead.
Gretzky scores with 53 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at four and pass Howe. The game is paused for 15 minutes in a ceremony with the Gretzky and Howe families. The Great One caps the night with the overtime-winner to give the Kings a 5-4 victory.
Other Notable Events
1964: Ted Lindsay is the fourth player to appear in 1,000 career games in the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Only Howe (1,189), Bill Gadsby (1,129) and Red Kelly (1,122) have played in more games to that date.
1983: Toronto and Chicago combine for five goals in a span of 1:24 that sets a record for the fastest five goals in history. The Leafs win the game, 10-8, despite the Hawks scoring three of the five goals.
2009: Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom is the first European-born blueliner to reach 1,000 points in a 5-2 win over the Kings. The Swede nets two assists in a game at the Joe Louis Arena.
2018: Toronto’s Auston Matthews is the fifth player to get multiple points in his team’s first seven games. Matthews gets two assists in a 4-1 victory over the Kings. He joins Lemieux and Kevin Stevens of the Penguins (1992-93), Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders (1984-85) and Gretzky with the Oilers (1983-84).
Happy Birthday to You
1935: Willie O’Ree
1957: Rocky Saganiuk
1991: Brock Nelson
1997: Julien Gauthier