Who Is Wayne Gretzky? by Gail HermanAfter breaking or tying more than sixty records in hockey, its no wonder that Wayne Gretzky is known as The Great One. Born in Brantford, Ontario, on January 26, 1961, in a nation obsessed with the sport, he threw himself into the game practically from the time he first laced up a pair of skates. When he retired from the NHL in 1999, he had led several teams to Stanley Cup victories, competed in the Olympics, and changed the way hockey was played forever. Known for his love for family and as a truly decent human being, Wayne Gretzky is revealed as more than a sports legend in this easy-to-read biography.
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Wayne Gretzky returns to Edmonton Oilers — as partner, vice-chairman of team's Entertainment Group
Gretzky began skating at age two and a half and was first taught hockey by his father. By age 6 he was playing as an all-star in novice hockey with boys 10 and 11 years old. He progressed through organized age-group hockey, and in at the Junior World Cup competition, he was the youngest player and the leading scorer. His contract soon was sold to the Edmonton Oilers , who joined the NHL at the beginning of the —80 season. As centre and team captain, Gretzky led the Oilers to four Stanley Cup victories in the —84, —85, —87, and —88 seasons. Following the —88 season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. In his first season with the Oilers, he scored 51 goals and 86 assists total points.
Wayne Gretzky, known by hockey fans simply as "The Great One," became the first player to win the Hart Trophy for eight years in a row and beat hockey legend Gordie Howe's — all-time point record of 1, He was the first of five children born to Walter and Phyllis Gretzky. His father had hoped himself to become a hockey player but was discouraged because of his size. Gretzky received his first pair of skates when he was three years old Wayne Gretzky. He learned to skate on the Ninth River near his grandfather's farm in Canning, Ontario, Canada, and at public rinks on weekends. But it was the rink his father built for him behind the little house on Varadi Avenue in Brantford that became known as the birthplace of his skating skills.
NHL's all-time scoring leader joins Oilers Entertainment Group as partner and vice chairman
Now, he has the chance to help lead them to more glory from the front office. He left the team in The move comes as the Oilers open the season filled with optimism despite a decade of futility. In addition to the new arena, they have recently named teen phenom Connor McDavid captain and revamped the roster in the off-season. Gretzky led the Oilers to Stanley Cup titles in , , and
When it was announced he was joining the Oilers Entertainment Group as a Partner and Vice Chairman on Wednesday, he said the decision eventually became easy. I can enjoy it, just be part of the group. Gretzky and Oilers owner Daryl Katz said the conversation about Gretzky's return has been going on for a couple of years. The Oilers family is honored to welcome Wayne back into an official role with the organization where his legendary career began, where he will have a hand in helping both the Oilers and the city of Edmonton return to a place of prominence. Louis Blues and New York Rangers.
CNN Here is a look at the life of Hall of Fame hockey player Wayne Gretzky , who is the all-time leading scorer in NHL history , with 2, career points career goals and 1, career assists. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Personal: Birth date: January 26, Mother: Phyllis Hockin Gretzky. Only player to have his jersey number No. At the time of his retirement in , Gretzky held outright or shared 61 NHL records.