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CNN 20: Wayne Gretzky Breaks Record, March 23, 1994Aired March 23, 2000 - 1:20 p.m. ET
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VINCE CELLINI, CNNSI ANCHOR: Well, I think hockey fans and, really, non-hockey fans had been anticipated Wayne Gretzky finally capturing this last record that had alluded him. Gretzky had so many NHL records, and the one that had alluded him was the career goal- scoring record which was held by Gordy Howe. And, of course, Howe was Gretzky's childhood idol. In fact, Howe wore number 9 when he was a player. Gretzky wore 99 in tribute to Gordy Howe. So this is the one he really wanted, I think the one that had the most personal meaning for him.
There had been a lot of anticipation. Howe had been traveling with the Kings to make sure that he saw the record and was present for it. And, finally, when the opportunity came on an assist from Marty McSorley, Gretzky got the record and it was quite a moment: I think quite a moment for hockey fans, people in Los Angeles, and, really, the game itself.
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WAYNE GRETZKY: To me, it's the greatest game in the world, and I feel fortunate enough to play in the NHL.
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CELLINI: It's one thing to break a record, like the all-time goals scored in the NHL, but he broke it in 650 fewer games than Gordy Howe had used to set the original record -- 650 fewer games. That's an amazing pace. And that means that, suddenly, you're doing something that no one in the history of the game has done before. There was amazing speed to breaking that record. And when he finely got it, I think there was a lot of relief as well.
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