Wayne Gretzky is a famous Canadian former ice hockey player. Wayne Gretzky rose to fame as “the greatest hockey player of all time” according to numerous sources. He is also the former executive director of the Canada men’s ice hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Wayne Gretzky was born on January 26, 1961 and he is currently 61 years old. He is originally from Brantford, Ontario and his zodiac sign is Aquarius. His mother is Phyllis Leone (Hockin) and his father is Walter Gretzky. Likewise, his father was a philanthropist and an avid hockey player growing up, as well as a keen analyst of the game. Also, Gretzky has four siblings, namely sister Kim and brothers Keith, Glen and Brent.
In addition, his father taught the Gretzky brothers and their friends hockey. He did this at the ice rink he built in the backyard of their family home. This ice rink is nicknamed the “Wally Coliseum”. This personality attended Ross Sheppard High School. For his college education, Gretzky attended the West Humber Collegiate Institute and the University of Alberta. Also, his full name is Wayne Douglas Gretzky.
career and working life
Professionally, Wayne Gretzky is a former ice hockey player. He was also a former head coach. As a player, Gretzky played 20 seasons in the NHL for four teams from 1979 to 1999. This former player is nicknamed “The Great One”. As such, many sportswriters, players, the NHL itself, and The Hockey News have called him the greatest hockey player of all time. He earned this nickname based on extensive polls of hockey writers, ex-players, general managers, and coaches.
Additionally, this former hockey player and coach is the leading goalscorer, assist provider and point collector in NHL history. Thus, this player has more assists in his career than any other player who has total points. Additionally, Gretzky is the only NHL player to have accumulated over 200 points in a single season. This is a feat Gretzky accomplished four times.
In addition, this former hockey player has accumulated over 100 points in 16 pro seasons. 14 of these were consecutive records. He retired from professional hockey in 1999. At that time, this player held 61 NHL records. It was 40 regular season records, 15 playoff records, and 6 All-Star records.
In addition, this personality was the top scorer at the 1978 World Junior Championships. Then, in June 1978, Gretzky signed with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association (WHA). He played there briefly before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Gretzky is also credited with popularizing ice hockey in California.
This personality also briefly played for the St. Louis Blues before retiring from the New York Rangers. This former hockey player won 9 Hart Trophies for MVP and 10 Art Ross Trophies for most points in a season. Likewise, this former player won two Conn Smythe Trophies for playoff MVP and five Lester B. Pearson Awards for Most Outstanding Player as judged by his peers.
In addition, this personality has won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and achievement five times. He has also often spoken out against fighting in hockey. After retiring from hockey, Gretzky was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. This made Gretzky the youngest player to have the waiting period waived.
The NHL retired this former player’s #99 jersey league-wide. This made this former player the only player to receive such an honor. Additionally, this player was one of 6 players selected to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Centennial All-Star Team.
Similarly, this former player became the general manager of Canada’s men’s ice hockey team during the 2002 Winter Olympics. In this game, the team won a gold medal. In 2000, this former player became a part owner of the Phoenix Coyotes. Following the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Gretzky became the team’s head coach.
Likewise, this former player was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Also, this former player/coach resigned as head coach in September 2009 and relinquished his ownership interests. This was after the Phoenix Coyotes went bankrupt. Additionally, in October 2016, Gretzky became a partner and vice chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group.
Wayne Gretzky is a happily married family man. He met his wife Janet Jones while he served as judge at dance fever in 1984. The two began dating much later, by 1987. Then, in January 1988, Gretzky proposed to actress Janet Jones. Subsequently, this celebrity couple married on July 16, 1988. They had a lavish ceremony at St. Joseph’s Basilica. The Canadian press dubbed this wedding “The Royal Wedding” and it was broadcast live across Canada.
This beautiful couple has five children namely Paulina, Ty, Trevor, Tristan and Emma. Her first child and golfer Dustin Johnson announced their engagement on August 18, 2013. Likewise, their 2nd child – Ty – played hockey with Shattuck-Saint Mary but later gave up the sport. Their third child – Trevor – is a former minor league baseball player.
Wayne Gretzky stands tall at a Height of 6 feet or 183 cm and its weight is about 185 lbs or 84 kg or 13 st 3 lbs. Likewise, Gretzky has brown hair and blue eyes. In addition, the former hockey player’s chest-waist-hip measurements, dress size, biceps, etc. are still being checked.
Social Media and Wealth
Wayne Gretzky joined Twitter in May 2010 and to date has more than 200.2k followers on his @WayneGretzky account. Likewise his Instagram Account @waynegretzky has more than 124,000 followers as of April 2022. Similarly, this former hockey prodigy has more than 549,000 followers on his Facebook profile. On June 2nd, 2010, he created his YouTube channel “OfficialGretzkyd” and has more than 353.8,000 views so far. This former hockey player has one net worth of around 250 million US dollars.
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