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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Yearbook, Oct. 14: Gretzky's first NHL goal

By Patrick Dorsey

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 Oilers
Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers
Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers
Wayne Gretzky scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993
Wayne Gretzky and the 1993 Los Angeles Kings celebrate against the Toronto Maple Leafs