Jan 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Wayne Gretzky at a press conference at Dodger Stadium in advance of the NHL Stadium Series 2014 Los Angeles game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Greatest of The Great One

NHL Network is conducting a fan vote to determine the greatest on-ice moments of The Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

From September 1st to September 6th NHL Network will be taking votes from thirteen choices to determine what is the greatest game of Gretzky’s illustrious career.  The top five choices will air (only in the U.S.) on the NHL Network channel Saturday, Sept. 6th.

Some of the choices are: the five-goal-game to reach 50 goals in 39 games, Gretzky’s first Cup-clinching game, Gretzky’s first game as a King, a few All-Star game appearances, and Gretzky’s final game in Canada.

Gretzky will always be known, especially to Canadians, as an Oiler.  But no one will ever forget that he was a King.  Gretzky revived hockey in California, and put the Kings on the map.

Great feats accomplished in the silver and black include:

-His hat-trick in Game 7 of the Campbell Conference Final (now known as the Western Conference Final) of 1993 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, after missing a significant amount of the season with an upper back injury.  A couple beauties, eh!  The throw-back video also has a shot of Barry Melrose and Pat Burns behind their respective benches, with Harry Neale as CBC’s (Canadian Broadcasting Channel) color commentary to set the early ’90s mood.

-Surpassing Gordie Howe as the all-time leader in goals with his 802-nd goal (Gretzky still holds the NHL All-time record with 894 goals).

-Gretzky also holds all of the top-five spots for the Kings record of most assists in a regular season, his lowest was 90 assists in the 1991-1992 season, his highest: 122 assists in the ’90-’91 season.

Though Gretzky was never able to lift the Cup in L.A., Kings fans and the city will never forget the indelible influence of The Great One.

Vote for your favorite Gretzky moment here!

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