Great One

On Dec. 31, 1981, Wayne Gretzky scored five goals in one game to reach 50 in 39 games. Now, 35 years later, Breitling has made 50 commemorative watches
December 14, 2015

SI: Did you ever think you could score 50 goals in 39 games?

Wayne Gretzky: No. [Oilers defenseman] Kevin Lowe and I were driving to the game that night. I was a little bit more unruly than normal. He said, "What are you nervous about?" I said, "I can't get this close to 50 in 50 and not produce. I'll look really bad. I didn't want to embarrass myself."

SI: What were your first thoughts when you scored the 50th goal, the fifth of the night?

WG: The first thing I thought: I have a chance to get 100 goals. I was always disappointed that I ended with 92.

SI: Your parents weren't at the game, because you told them you didn't think it was going to happen. What was the first thing they said to you afterward?

WG: "What took you so long?" That was exactly what my dad told me.

SI: Have people forgotten about you as a goal scorer?

WG: I called [Sirius XM analyst] Matthew Barnaby the other day and gave him s---about that: You guys don't ever say I'm a goal scorer! But I don't know. If somebody said, I watch Wayne Gretzky play, and he plays so hard, that's all I really cared about. I tried to play the best I could every single game. The fact that people don't look at me as a goal scorer—I don't worry about that.

SI: Do you miss coaching?

WG: No. I loved it. I'm glad I did it. Great group of kids. I probably would've been a better coach if I could've coached the Oilers in the '80s.

SI: Who are your favorite players to watch?

WG: I think Sidney Crosby is the best player in hockey. I think Alex Ovechkin is an animal. I think Steven Stamkos is special. The best player in the next two years will be Connor McDavid.

Fastest To 50 Goals

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WAYNE GRETZKY 39 GAMES 1981--82
GRETZKY 42 GAMES 1983--84
MARIO LEMIEUX 46 GAMES 1988--89
GRETZKY 49 GAMES 1984--85
BRETT HULL 49 GAMES 1990--91
PHOTOPAUL KENNEDY FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (GRETZKY)Celebrate 50 goals with a $35,000 watch. PHOTOCOURTEY OF BREITLING (WATCH)[See caption above]

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)