Saturday, March 24, 2001
Updated: March 19, 11:19 AM ET
Gretzky cracks 200-point barrier
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
March 25, 1982
Wayne Gretzky, 21 and in his third NHL season, becomes the first player to crack the 200-point barrier. Two assists put him over 200 and then the Great One scores two short-handed goals 27 seconds apart in Edmonton's 7-2 victory over Calgary. The four points boost Gretzky's total to 203.
"He never thinks about scoring; he's playing for the team and not himself," Oilers coach Glen Sather says. "That's what makes him the player he is. He doesn't want to lose in anything."
Gretzky will tack on two more goals and nine assists before the season ends to finish with a record 92 goals and 212 points. Gretzky will score more than 200 points in three other seasons, with a high of 215 in 1985-86. No other player will ever reach 200.