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 26th, featuring Wayne Gretzky.
Today in Hockey History
Wayne Gretzky Nets Point No. 2,000
1990: The Los Angeles Kings great is the first to 2,000 points after an assist in a 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. The helper gives Gretzky 684 goals and 1,316 assists in 857 NHL games. He finishes the 1990-91 season with 41 goals and 122 assists for 163 points.
The Great One gets two assists seven years later while as a member of the New York Rangers. He gets assist 1,850 and 1,851 in a 3-3 tie with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Gretzky finishes with 2,857 points for his career.
Other Notable Events
1997: Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman passes Alex Delvecchio for longest serving captain in NHL history. Yzerman was captain for 11 years and 12 games at that point in the season. Detroit beat the Vancouver Canucks, 5-1, to start the season at 6-0-0.
2002: The St. Louis Blues become the first team in league history to win four straight games with four different goalies. Fred Brathwaite stops 18 shots in the Blues’ 4-3 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames.
2006: Buffalo ties the league record for best start to a season with its 10th straight win. Ryan Miller stops 29 shots as the Sabres blank the Islanders, 3-0, at Nassau Coliseum. The win comes 31 years to the day after Buffalo beat the California Golden Seals, 3-2, for their eighth straight win to start a season, which was the old record.
Happy Birthday to You
1898: Harry Oliver
1916: Jack Crawford
1976: Miikka Kiprusoff