Friday, February 01, 2008

Now That's a Great Career

It's Super Bowl weekend, and with an undefeated Patriots team poised to make history, the inevitable "greatest ever" discussions are rampant, focused primarily on Tom Brady and the team as a whole. While I don't care to weigh in on those debates, it seems like a timely moment to remember the greatest career ever, in any sport.

Read this abridged list of accomplishments and dare to disagree:

- 2,857 career regular season points (the next closest is 30 short of a thousand less)
- Quickest to 50 goals (39 games)
- 61 goals in fifty games, not once, not twice, but three times
- Over a glorious 51-game streak, he averaged three points per game (153 points)
- 894 goals in 1,487 games
- 92 goals in a single season, more than one per game in an 80-game schedule
-47 points in a single playoff
- 1,963 regular season assists (1,487 games), more than one a game over an entire career
- Youngest player to score 50 goals (19 years, 2 months)
- 50 hat tricks
- 9 MVP awards
- 19 seasons as his teams leading scorer (all but one of a 20-year career)
- Four consecutive 70-goal seasons
- 10 assists in a four-game playoff series
- 137 points in his first year
- He reached 1,000 points in 424 games
- Quickest to reach, 50, 200, 400, 500, 600, 700, and 800 goal benchmarks
- On retirement, he held 61 NHL records (he still holds 60)

Wayne Gretzky. The Great One.

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