Gretzky becomes NHL's all-time leading scorer

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:32 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 15, 1989

When Wayne Gretzky was only five, he got his first autograph -- from Gordie Howe. Twenty-three years later, Gretzky passes his childhood idol as the NHL's leading scorer.

In his second season with the Los Angeles Kings, Gretzky ties Howe's record of 1,850 with an assist early in the game against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers. Then, with just 53 seconds left in the third period, The Great Gretzky becomes hockey's greatest point producer with a short backhander over goalie Bill Ranford.

The crowd of 17,503 in Edmonton gives Gretzky a standing ovation as he's mobbed by his teammates and congratulated by his former teammates. The game is stopped and during a ceremony, among the gifts that Gretzky receives is a gold bracelet set with diamonds weighing 1.851 carats from the Oilers.

Howe, who is at the game and cheers when Gretzky scores point No. 1,851, set his record with 801 goals and 1,049 points in 26 years (1,767 games). Gretzky breaks the mark with 641 goals and 1,240 assists in the start of his 11th season (780 games).

After setting the record, Gretzky isn't through. He scores in overtime to give the Kings a 5-4 victory.