December 30, 1981 – Gretzky Sets New NHL Record

In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season, Wayne Gretzky scored 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games

Wayne Gretzky doesn’t just break the record for the fastest 50 goals. He shatters it.

Three nights after scoring four goals against the Los Angeles Kings, Gretzky takes the ice for the Edmonton Oilers at Northlands Coliseum against the Philadelphia Flyers with 45 goals in 38 games, putting him on track to better the mark of 50 goals in 50 games held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy.

Gretzky has a game for the ages and reaches 50 goals by scoring five times in the Oilers’ 7-5 victory.

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