March 23, 1994: Wayne Gretzky scored his 802nd NHL goal -- the most ever for a professional hockey player.

Gretzky broke the record of his childhood idol, Gordie Howe, who finished his career with 801 goals. The goal occurred against the Vancouver Canucks when Gretzky was playing for the Los Angeles Kings.

For all of Gretzky's prowess as a goal-scorer, he was also a threat in the passing game. He amassed 1,983 assists in his career, giving him a total of 2,857 career points -- beating Howe by more than 1,000. It's been long debated whether anyone will ever match that total, given how large the gap between Gretzky and the rest of the National Hockey League.

The record-breaking goal and the ensuing celebration can be seen here:

Gretzky went on to score 1,016 NHL goals in his career, shattering the previous mark and setting a lofty standard for anyone to follow.

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