Wayne Gretzky Biography

Wayne Gretzky was a professional ice hockey player and a former head coach. Explore this biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Wayne Gretzky

Quick Facts

Also known as: Douglas
Gender: Male
Birthday: 26 January 1961
Nationality: American
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Spouse/Ex-: Janet Jones
Father: Walter Gretzky
Siblings: Keith Gretzky, Brent Gretzky
Children: Paulina Gretzky
Awards: Olympic Order, Companion of the Order of Canada, Hockey Hall of Fame, IIHF Hall of Fame, Horatio Alger Award, Canada's Walk of Fame, Hart Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, Lester B. Pearson Award, Lester B. Pearson Award, Lester B. Pearson Award, Lester B. Pearson Award, NHL Plus-Minus Award, NHL Plus-Minus Award, NHL Plus-Minus Award, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Ontario Sports Hall of Fame

Wayne Gretzky is one of the best ice hockey players in history and is also a recipient of various titles and accolades. He has been inducted into the NHL Hall of fame and is the first and the only hockey player to have scored over 200 points in one NHL season; four consecutive times. Gretzky showed interest in the sport from a very tender age and went on to hone his talents as a skater, shooter and passer. For a young boy, he regularly played with boys senior and much more accomplished in life. His training days were those of dedication, sincerity and sheer hard work. In his final year of peewee hockey, he scored a baffling 378 goals, even though he was the youngest and small-built at the time. He has played for a number of associations such as the Ontario Hockey Association and World Junior Championships. From a very young age and after he started playing for the prestigious NHL, he quickly started to ascend and quite often, dominated the scoreboards with his unfathomable scores. Fans began to grow in numbers for this Canadian ice hockey superstar and dolls of Gretzky were soon put in toy stores all over the country. Gretzky catapulted to fame and became hockey’s most dominant scorer in the history of hockey. Soon after his retirement, he became NHL’s managing partner and was involved in a wine-restaurant business with his family.

Childhood & Early Life

Wayne Gretzky was born on January 26, 1961, in Brantford, Ontario.
He began skating at the age of 2 and as his parents noticed, he was very hard-working at such a tender age and was determined to succeed from very early on, which often led to the speculations that his parents were in fact, jealous of his skills.
Gretzky, aged 6, began playing with 10-year-olds and leagues that catered to older boys. He spent countless hours training on ice and honed his talents even further.
At the age of 10, in peewee hockey, Gretzky scored a total of 378 goals and 139 assists with the Brantford Nadrofsky Steelers. By the age of 13, he had scored over 1000 goals.
When he was a teenager, he started playing for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey Association and he continued to roll on the scoreboard.
He debuted professionally in the 1978 World Junior Championships in Quebec City and led his team to a successful match.

Career

In the fall of 1978, Gretzky signed with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association, but the franchise soon closed, and he was sold to NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.
In 1979, he played his first ever professional NHL season. He racked up an astonishing 51 goals and 86 assists and won the Hart Memorial Trophy for the most valuable player in the team.
In 1982, he became the first ever hockey player to crack the 200-point barrier in a single season. This trend continued for another 4 years.
Since he was the star player in his team, he led his team to a series of victories in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988. He was soon given the nickname ‘The Great One’.
His finest year was in the 1986 NHL season. He scored a total of 52 goals and 163 assists; an unbeatable feat at the time.
In 1988, the Oilers traded Gretzky to Los Angeles for a couple of other players and rumors were strife that it was due to draft picks and cash. It was during this time; he once again, outshone the other players in the Los Angeles King’s team and led the club to successive wins.
One of his biggest career lows was when the Los Angeles team made it to the Stanley Cup finals, but lost to the Montreal Canadians in five consecutive games. In 1996, he began playing for St. Louis Blues and finally moved to play for the New York Rangers. He retired from his career here in 1999.
In early 2001, he became the managing partner of NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. Post-retirement, Gretzky became a program executive director and he directed the team to take home a gold medal during the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.
In September 2009, after four hammering seasons, he finally stepped down as coach and became involved in a family wine-restaurant business. He also made several TV appearances such as ‘Dance Fever’, where he was a celebrity judge.

Awards & Achievements

Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player in the Team, 1979
He was inducted into the Hockey Player’s Hall of Fame, 1999

Personal Life & Legacy

Wayne Gretzky married American actress, Janet Jones on July 17, 1988. They have five children.
Toys of Wayne Gretzky were put up in toy stores during the peak of his ice hockey career.
Currently, he and his family are managing his current business, ‘Wayne Gretzky’s’ restaurant in Toronto.

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