DATE: 12/30/1981
ATHLETE
: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
COMPLEX SAYS
: Everyone expected Gretzky to break the 50 goals in 50 games record set by Maurice "Rocket" Richard in 1945, but few thought he would shatter it in such dominating fashion. Gretzky broke the previous record by scoring five goals against the Philadelphia Flyers. Oh yeah, and dude was only 21, too. SMH, absolutely no respect for his elders.