The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League will have a Wayne Gretzky mini-statue giveaway when they host the San Jose Sharks at the Staples Center on March 21. One could make the argument that Gretzky is not only the greatest hockey player of all-time but the greatest athlete of all-time as well.
Gretzky is the NHL all-time leader in goals (894), assists (1963) and points (2857). He not only broke many single-season records, he smashed them. While with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980's, Gretzky broke the single-season record in goals (92) in 1981-82, assists (163) in 1985-86 and points (215) in 1985-86.
While with the Los Angeles Kings from 1988 to 1996, Gretzky had 246 goals and 672 assists for 918 points. In five of his eight seasons with the Kings, he led the NHL in assists, and in three seasons with the Kings, he led the NHL in points.
The Kings have two wins so far in the month of March. On March 2, the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 and on March 10, the Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. In the Kings win over the Blackhawks, five Kings recorded two points. Dustin Brown scored twice, Adrian Kempe, Ilya Kovalchuk and Brendan Leipsic each notched one goal and one assist, while Jeff Carter had two assists.
The Kings have a record of 25 wins, 36 regulation losses and eight losses in extra time for 58 points. The San Jose Sharks meanwhile lead the Pacific Division with 94 points and have one more point than the second place Calgary Flames. They have 43 wins, 19 regulation losses and eight overtime losses. The Sharks leading scorer is Brent Burns, who has 13 goals and 60 assists for 73 points. The Kings leading scorer is Anze Kopitar, who has 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points.
In Kings transaction news, the Kings sent down right winger Matt Luff to the Ontario Reign on March 8 and called up right winger Carl Grundstrom. Luff has eight goals and three assists for 11 points in 33 games with the Kings and nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 24 games with the Reign. Grundstrom has two goals in two games with the Kings, including the game-winning goal in the Kings' win over the Ducks. This season, he also has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 13 games with the Reign and 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points in 42 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
In Kings promotional news, the organization has donated $10,000 to the Downtown Women's Center. The center provides housing, workforce development and support services to women in Los Angeles experiencing homelessness.
Get your tickets to see the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks on March 21 at the Staples Center today!