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Today in NHL History – January 21


1989 – Wayne Gretzky passed Marcel Dionne to become the NHL’s second all time scorer.

1985 – Dennis Potvin tied Bobby Orr’s career record of 270 NHL goals. Potvin ended up with 310 career goals.

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  1. chrisbumeter
    January 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Do you think if Gretzky played in today’s era, that he would stand a chance against the players today? I know he helped paved the way for the players today, and I’m in no way disrespecting the great one. I’m just curious to see what people’s thoughts are on the topic.

    • January 23, 2012 at 5:28 am

      A fair question, akin to comparing jordan and kobe, montana and manning…I think the result would be the same just because of the talent the man had. I can’t stop but draw my own comparison of Gretzky to another rookie up and comer via Edmonton and that’s RNH (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins). Physically the two are very similar (6 foot 170 lbs or so) and have the same dazzling moves that confound and posterize opposing players.

      Having said that, however, I don’t think that there’s going to be another player who can score 92 goals or amass 212 points in a season either. The game is different than it was in the late 70’s/early 80’s and the going rate these days seems to be 50 Goals/105 points.

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