Gretzky reaches 2,000 in points, an NHL first

October 27, 1990

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Wayne Gretzky reached another milestone once thought unattainable by becoming the first National Hockey League player to score 2,000 points, as his first-period assist upstaged the Winnipeg Jets' 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings last night.

The 2,000th point came in Gretzky's 12th NHL season and 857th game. He needed only a little more than 10 seasons to accrue 1,851 points, breaking a record that Gordie Howe took 26 years and 1,767 games to establish.

Gretzky, who has 684 goals and 1,316 assists, doesn't turn 30 until Jan. 26.

Point No. 2,000 came 14 minutes, 32 seconds into the game, when Gretzky passed from his zone to Tony Granato, who sent Tomas Sandstrom in on a breakaway. Sandstrom faked Bob Essensa to the ice before slipping the puck between the goaltender's pads.

As the Winnipeg Arena's sellout crowd of 15,566 erupted into cheers, Gretzky's teammates swarmed onto the ice to congratulate their captain.

"It happened early; the goal got us back in the game, but it didn't break their back," Gretzky said.

"It's been a tough two days for me in Winnipeg, with a lot of media attention. From here we go to New York on Monday, so it was nice to do it tonight. Sunday's game will be relaxed."

Gretzky holds or shares 49 regular-season, postseason and All-Star Game records. His 2,000 points don't include the 104 he scored as a 17-year-old in the defunct World Hockey Association.

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