Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky scored his 200th NHL goal on this day in 1982, on home ice.
Over the years, ‘The Great One’ has been the subject of several coins and commemoratives.
In 1999, the Hockey Hall of Fame released several Inductees Medallions, including one for Gretzky.
In 2011, the Royal Canadian Mint released three coins, including a 25-cent coloured coin; a $25 fine silver hologram coin; and, a 22 karat gold coin with a face value of $200. Both the silver and gold coins also featured Gretzky’s father, Walter.
According to Wikipedia, Wayne Douglas Gretzky, born Jan. 26, 1961, played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999.
Nicknamed “The Great One”, he has been called “the greatest hockey player ever” by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. He is the leading point-scorer in NHL history, with more assists than any other player has points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times.
In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. As of 2009, he still holds 60 NHL records.
Born and raised in Brantford, Ont., Gretzky honed his skills at a backyard rink and regularly played minor hockey at a level far above his peers.
Despite his unimpressive stature, strength and speed, Gretzky’s intelligence and reading of the game were unrivaled. He was adept at dodging checks from opposing players, and he could consistently anticipate where the puck was going to be and execute the right move at the right time. Gretzky also became known for setting up behind his opponent’s net, an area that was nicknamed “Gretzky’s office”.