October 10 - Wayne Gretzky makes his NHL Debut

On October 10, 1979, "The Great One" laced up his skates for his first ever NHL game. Gretzky and his Edmonton Oilers lost to the Chicago Blackhawks, however Gretzky picked up his first ever NHL point, an assist, on Kevin Lowe's goal midway through the first period. Gretzky would end his first year in the league by scoring 137 points, and winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player.

Upon his retirement in 1999, Gretzky held a combined 61 NHL records. The Great One is the only player to eclipse the 200 point mark in a single season, something he accomplished on four different occasions.

Gretzky's latest accomplishment was being named the final torch bearer for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He was also a special adviser to the Canadian National Men's Hockey Team that took home the gold medal.




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