Wayne Gretzky has scored the most career empty-net goals, with 56 goals. Check out his empty net goals and goal record here.

Wayne Gretzky : Empty net goals | Goal record | Wife

Gretzky is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999.

Wayne Gretzky : Empty net goals | Goal record | Wife

Born January 26, 1961 (age 61)
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Indianapolis Racers
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
       Coached for         Phoenix Coyotes

Nicknamed “the Great One”, he has been called the greatest hockey player ever by many sportswriters, players, The Hockey News, and by the NHL itself, based on extensive surveys of hockey writers, ex-players, general managers and coaches.

Gretzky is the leading goal scorer, assist producer and point scorer in NHL history, and has more assists in his career than any other player scored total points.

He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season, a feat he accomplished four times.

Wayne Gretzky Empty net goals 

Wayne Gretzky has scored the most career empty-net goals, with 56 goals.

ESPN’s John Buccigross posted a controversial opinion on Twitter after Alex Ovechkin scored two empty-net goals against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday.

Wayne Gretzky : Empty net goals | Goal record | Wife

The goals were Ovechkin’s 794th and 795th of his career, bringing the Capitals captain within 99 tallies of Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky owns the NHL’s goal-scoring record with 894.

Buccigross shared, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that if Ovechkin is able to reach 893 goals, the Capitals should keep him off the ice when an opposing team’s goalie is pulled so that his record-tying and record-breaking goals are not sullied by being empty netters.

The tweet generated a lot of discussion on Hockey Twitter. It also got me thinking.

Several commenters, like former Sabres goaltender Martin Biron, thought the comment was silly and pointed out that Wayne Gretzky set the record for fewest games to 50 goals via an empty netter (39). Gretzky also has the most empty-net goals in NHL history with 56.

Wayne Gretzky Goal record 

Wayne Gretzky’s NHL record of 894 career goals was once considered unbreakable. Now, after Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin passed Gordie Howe to move into second place on the NHL’s career goals list, it feels almost inevitable that Ovechkin will surpass Gretzky’s mark — and perhaps by quite a bit.

Wayne Gretzky : Empty net goals | Goal record | Wife

Here is how the top 10 of the all-time scoring list looks:

  1. Wayne Gretzky — 894
  2. Alex Ovechkin 802
  3. Gordie Howe — 801
  4. Jaromir Jagr – 766
  5. Brett Hull — 741
  6. Marcel Dionne — 731
  7. Phil Esposito — 717
  8. Mike Gartner — 708
  9. Mark Messier — 694
  10. Steve Yzerman — 692

“I think a thousand goals is possible for him, especially after what we’ve seen tonight,” former NHL defenseman and ESPN analyst P.K. Subban said this month after Ovechkin recorded a hat trick to become just the third player in NHL history to reach 800 goals. “ … There’s no doubt in my mind that he can hit 900, but I think a thousand is there. Why not?”

One thousand goals might be ambitious, but 895 is attainable for the 37-year-old Ovechkin, who passed Gordie Howe for No. 2 on the all-time list .

Take away his 894 goals and Gretzky would still hold the NHL record for points thanks to his ludicrous 1,963 assists in 1,487 games. With 1,921 points in 246 more games, Jaromir Jagr is a distant second on the career list.

“For me, it’s like number one,” Jagr said after passing Mark Messier for second place in December 2016. “I don’t really count Wayne Gretzky. He was from another planet. I don’t think he was from this planet. Whatever he did, it’s unbreakable.”

Wife

Wayne Gretzky married the gorgeous actress Janet Marie Gretzky on 16 July 1988. The couple met on a show named Dance Fever and hit it off almost immediately.

Wayne Gretzky : Empty net goals | Goal record | Wife

They officially became a couple just a year back in 1987, and in the next year, Wayne proposed to Janet. They walked down the aisle later that year in July.

Their wedding got broadcasted throughout Canada from St. Joseph’s Basilica, Edmonton. Even after her wedding, Janet continued her occupation as an actress.

Just like Wayne, Janet has a net worth of $10 million approximately, as per thespun.com.

They are both celebrities in their own field, but that has never been a problem in their personal relationship.

By Rishabh

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