A blog about sports history with some game coverage mixed in from the former Martinez News-Gazette sports editor, and beat writer for Unviersity of California Berkeley athletics, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Earthquakes and the San Jose Sharks.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Mario Lemieux Breaks Wayne Gretzky's Scoring Record
Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading goal scorer.
On April 3, 1988, Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins
wins the NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky’s seven-year run of the title.
Lemieux, who won he Art Ross trophy as the National Hockey
League’s top scorer in 1988, did the feat with 168 points.
Lemieux also won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most
Valuable Player, an award that he had snatched away from Gretzky after an
amazing eight straight seasons of claiming that title. Lemieux went on to win
the scoring title again in 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1997.
Mario Lemieux, one of the greatest NHL players of all time.
Lemieux retired from hockey at the end of the 1996-1997
season, but in 1999 he became the majority owner of the Penguins franchise and
then in 2000 he delighted the Penguin faithful by rejoining the team as a
player and staged a successful comeback before announcing his permanent
retirement from the NHL, at age 40, in January 2006.
Lemieux played 915 regular season games and scored 690
goals, 1,033 assist for 1,723 career points.