Did Wayne Gretzky score the most points in a single season?
Whenever there is a discussion of NHL records, one thing that remains constant is the inclusion of Wayne Gretzky in the conversation. Known as “The Great One”, Gretzky holds the most records in NHL history.
Wayne Gretzky had one of the most decorated careers in sports and the most important in the NHL. In his 20 years on the ice, Gretzky set record after record. Among these is the most points scored in an NHL regular season.
Gretzky is the only player in NHL history to score 215 points in a single season. He achieved this feat during his stint with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1985-86 NHL season. During this campaign, he has scored 52 goals and registered 163 assists.
Interestingly, Gretzky achieved this feat by breaking his own record of 212 points, which he recorded in the 1981-82 season. On top of that, he holds four of the top five spots for most points in a single campaign. He’s also the only player to hit the 200-point mark in a single season and he’s reached it not once, but four times.
It’s been 36 years now and no one has ever seriously challenged his numbers. Only Mario Lemieux came close to Gretzky during the 1988-89 NHL season. He had 199 points with 85 goals and 114 assists that season.
Wayne Gretzky holds many NHL records
“The Great One” also holds other records that seem impossible to beat. These include:
Most Art Ross trophies (10)
Winning the Art Ross Trophy is a dream for any NHL athlete, but not for Wayne Gretzky. The trophy is awarded to the player with the most points scored each season and Gretzky has won 10 Art Ross trophies during his career. This reflects how consistent he was in his career.
Scored 92 goals in a single season
During the 1981-82 season, Gretzky was at the height of his power. With the Edmonton Oilers, he finished the season with 92 goals. It has never been matched by anyone. Interestingly, Gretzky also holds the record for most assists (163).
NHL all-time leading scorer (894)
During his 20 years in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky amassed a total of 864 goals in 1,427 games. His last career NHL goal came for the New York Rangers in a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders on March 29, 1999. The record seems to stand for a long time.
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