Yearbook, Oct. 14: Gretzky's first NHL goal

October, 14, 2012
Oct. 14, 1979: On this day 33 years ago, an 18-year-old Wayne Gretzky scored against the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL season's third game.

It wasn't The Great One's first pro goal -- he spent the previous year in the WHA -- but it was his first in the NHL. And yeah, it was the first of many, with many teams (894 with four, to be exact):

Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton OilersSteve Babineau/NHLI/Getty Images
Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton OilersBruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images
Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton OilersGetty Images
Wayne Gretzky scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
Wayne Gretzky and the 1993 Los Angeles Kings celebrate against the Toronto Maple LeafsAP Photo/Hans Deryk
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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