Wayne Gretzky

Career

  • NHL: 1979-99; 20 seasons, all quality
  • WHA: 1978-79, 1 quality season
  • Totals:
    • 894G (1st All Time – Gretzky is ahead by 93 goals),
    • 1963A (1st – Gretzky is ahead by over 700 assists) for
    • 2857P (1st – Gretzky is head by nearly 1000 points), 
    • +518 (4th) in
    • 1487 games (18th);
    • 251 PS (1st),
    • 21:04 ATOI (minutes were tracked for only the final season of Gretzky’s career)
  • Gretzky is
    • 7th All Time in GPG (Gretzky held the career record for GPG from the 1982-83 season till the 1989-90 season) and
    • 1st in APG (Gretzky is ahead of Lemieux by nearly .2 assists per game) and
    • 1st in PPG
  • Gretzky is the career leader in Offensive Point Shares
  • Era: Come on…it’s Gretzky, we don’t need to know how he compares to his era
  • 82-game average: 50G, 108A for 145P, +29
  • 3-year peak (1983-86): 82-game average of 75G, 145A for 220P
  • Playoffs:
    • Totals:
      • 122G (1st All Time),
      • 260A (1st – Gretzky is ahead by nearly 80 assists) for
      • 382P (1st – Gretzky is ahead by nearly 100 points) in
      • 208 games (16th)
    • Per Game: Gretzky is
      • 6th All time in playoff GPG and
      • 1st in APG (Gretzky is ahead by over .3 APG) and
      • 1st in PPG (Gretzky is ahead by over .2 PPG)
  • He also held the career playoff GPG record from 1987 until 1991
  • Adjusted: 758G (3rd All Time), 1717A (1st) for 2475P (1st)
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 42G, 95A for 136P
  • If the qualifier is set to 500 games, Gretzky is 2nd All Time in Adjusted PPG (if the qualifier is set to 1,000 games, Gretzky is 1st All Time by nearly .25 PPG)
  • Gretzky has the highest Dominance Quotient ever (early 2.5 times better than the next person on the list, Mario Lemieux)
  • Traded once in his prime and once near the end of his career.

Accomplishments

  • Hart (’80, ’81, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’86, ’87, ’89) – most All Time
  • Ted Lindsay (’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’87) – most All Time
  • Lady Byng (’91, ’92, ’94, ’99)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further four times (’88, ’90, ’91, ’98)
  • Conn Smythe (’85, ’88)
  • Back Check MVP 8 times
  • Back Check “Best Player 11 times
  • Best Player (by Point Shares) seven times (’81, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’86, ’87), Top 5 eleven times (’80, ’88, ’89, ’91), Top 10 twelve times (’90)
  • Best Offensive Player (by Offensive Point Shares) seven times (’81, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’86, ’87), Top 5 thirteen times (’80, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’94), Top 10 fourteen times (’92)
  • Set the single season record in OPS in 1981-82 – Gretzky broke his own record in 1983-84 and it lasted until 1988-89
  • Single season goal totals:
    • Scored 92 goals once (the single season record and breaking the previous record by 16 goals)
    • 85 goals twice (the only player ever to do so)
    • 70 goals four times (the only player ever)
    • 60 goals five times (one of only two players ever)
    • scored 55 goals six times (one of only two players ever)
    • scored 50 goals nine times (one of only two players ever)
    • scored 40 goals twelve times (the only player ever)
    • scored 35 goals thirteen times (one of only three players ever)
    • scored 30 goals fourteen times (one of only five players)
    • scored 25 goals fifteen times (one of only eleven players ever
    • scored 20 goals seventeen times (one of only fourteen players)
  • Single season assist totals:
    • Tallied 163 assists once (the single season record which he set by breaking his own record by nearly 20 assists)
    • 130 assists twice
    • 120 assists six times
    • 110 assists eight times
    • 100 assists eleven times
    • 90 assists thirteen times
    • 80 assists fourteen times
    • 70 assists sixteen times
    • 60 assists seventeen times
    • 50 assists eighteen times
    • (Gretzky is the only player to have accomplished any of these feats. Further, when he isn’t the only player to have accomplished one of these feats at least once, he has often accomplished it twice as frequently as Lemieux, the next most accomplished player in most cases)
    • 40 assists nineteen times (one of only two players ever)
  • Total single season points:
    • Scored 210 points twice (215 is the single season record breaking his own record by 3 points)
    • 200 points four times
    • 190 points five times
    • 180 points six times
    • 160 points nine times
    • 140 points eleven times
    • 130 points thirteen times
    • 120 points fourteen times
    • 100 points fifteen times
    • 90 points seventeen times
    • 70 points eighteen times
    • (Gretzky is the only player to have accomplished any of these feats and when he isn’t the only player to have accomplished them, he’s usually accomplished them twice as frequently as Lemieux, the next most accomplished player in most cases)
    • 60 points nineteen times (one of only two players ever)
  • Goal leader-boards:
    • Set the single season record in Goals (Breaking the previous record by 16 goals)
    • led the league in Goals five times
    • Top 5 nine times
    • Top 10 ten times
  • Led the league in GPG thrice, Top 5 six times, Top 10 ten times
  • Assist leader-boards:
    • Set the single season record in assists (broke it first by 7, then, the next season, broke his own record by 11, broke that record the next year by 5, broke that two years later by 10, and and finally broke it again by 20 assists)
    • led the league in Assists sixteen times,
    • Top 5 seventeen times,
    • Top 10 nineteen times
  • APG leader-boards:
    • Set the league record in APG (breaking the previous record by nearly .06, then broke his own record four years in a row and still holds the record)
    • led the league in APG twelve times
    • Top 5 nineteen times
    • Top 10 twenty times
  • Points leader-boards:
    • Set the single season record in Points (first Gretzky tied the single season record in points his second year in the league, then, the next season, broke the record by 12 points, then obliterated his own record the next season by nearly 50 points)
    • led the league in Points eleven times
    • Top 5 sixteen times
  • PPG leader-boards:
    • Set the single-season record for PPG (broke the 60+ year old single-season PPG record in his second season then, two years, later broke his own record which has never been broken since)
    • led the league in PPG eleven times
    • Top 5 fourteen times
    • Top 10 sixteen times
  • Led the league in Plus Minus four time, Top 5 seven times, Top 10 nine times
  • 1st All Star Team eight times, 2nd Team seven times
  • WHA (his Age-18 season)
    • Lou Kaplan (’79)
    • Scored 45 goals 60 assists and 110 points once
    • Top 5 in Goals once
    • Top 5 in GPG once
    • Top 5 in Assists once
    • Top 5 in APG once
    • Top 5 in Points once
    • Top 5 in PPG once
    • 2nd Team All Star.

Great Teams

  •  NHL:
    • MVP (Led the playoffs in assists, points) on two Champions (’85, ’88 Oilers)
    • Best Player (led the playoffs in goals, assists, points) on one Runner Up (’93 Kings)
    • Best Player (led the playoffs in assists and points on one Champion (’84 Oilers) and one Runner Up (’83 Oilers)
    • Best Skater (led the playoffs in assists, points) on one Champion (’87 Oilers)
    • Best Skater (by points) on one Final Four (’97 Rangers)
  • WHA:
    • Best Player (by points) on one Avco Cup Runner Up (’79 Oilers)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • MVP on one Canada Cup Champion (’98 Canada)
    • Best Player (led the tournament in points) on one Canada Cup Champion (’84) and one Runner Up (’81 Canada),
    • Best Skater (by points) on one Canada Cup Champion (’91 Canada) and one World Cup Runner Up (’96 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Best Player (led the tournament in points) on one World Championship Runner Up (’82 Canada)
  • WJCs:
    • Best Player (led the tournament in assists, points) one WJC Bronze (’78 Canada)

Sometimes the Gretzky-Lemieux debates seems legitimate. Other times, such as when confronted by Gretzky’s resume, it seems not only silly but downright insane.

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