February 12 is a special day for "The Great One"; Wayne Gretzky. He not only set the NHL record with his 153rd point in 1982 when he played for the Edmonton Oilers, but on the same day in 1989 with the Los Angeles Kings he set records with his 45th all-time hat trick and his 10th 40+ goal season.
And 153 points became nothing for Gretzky. Just soak in these facts according to Wikipedia:
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 (Wikipedia).
Mark Messier is the next closest in all time points, almost 1,000 behind Gretzky! Gretzky scored 894 goals in 1,487 games. He scored 122 goals in playoff time.
Take a look at his top 10 plays of his career, according to "Sportscenter":
Here's to you, Great One, and all your records on this day.