It’s always good to look back on what you love and where it all came from. Here’s a look at this date in both National Hockey League and New Jersey Devils history.
National Hockey League
March 25, 1982
Wayne Gretzky made NHL history exactly 31 years ago. He became the first NHL player to record 200 points in a single season. In the 1981-1982 season, Gretzky scored 92 goals and collected 120 assists for a total of 212 points. Wow! He scored on 24.93% of his shots on goal. Even more remarkable than this feat is the fact that Gretzky did this in three of the next four years following the ’81-’82 season. And in the one season (’82-’83) he didn’t record 200 points, he registered 196 points. Imagine all the boos he must have heard at Rexall Place for this poor play.
New Jersey Devils
March 25, 2002
No where near as impressive as Gretzky’s accomplishment, but it’s Devils related. After hitting Rod Brind’Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes in a game the night before, Bobby Holik was suspended for one game. Suspensions didn’t come down from the league as they do today back then, so this was a bigger deal than you would think. Holik hit Brind’Amour in the face with his stick after losing a face-off to him. Brind’Amour needed seven stitches to seal the cut around his eye. The Devils also lost this game 4-2. Holik forfeited $18,041.24 for what many called a vicious hit after seeing it on replay.
Just a little trivia for today.
This is a kickoff article of what I hope to be a running column. I will highlight the biggest historical moment in both NHL history and Devils history.