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Encyclopedia > Wayne Gretzky
Position Centre
Shot Left
Nickname(s) The Great One
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
Pro Clubs WHA
 Indianapolis Racers
 Edmonton Oilers
NHL
 Edmonton Oilers
 Los Angeles Kings
 St. Louis Blues
 New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canada
Born January 26, 1961 (1961-01-26) (age 46),
Brantford, Ontario, CAN
Pro Career 1978 – 1999
Hall of Fame, 1999

Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born 26 January 1961 in Brantford, Ontario) is a retired Canadian-American professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (915x667, 205 KB) Summary Wayne Gretzky, speaking at Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton, during the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. ... The position an ice hockey player plays can be divided into three basic categories: Forwards Centre Wingers Defenceman Goaltender ... Centre or center in ice hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play is the middle of the ice, away from the side boards. ... A shot in ice hockey is an attempt by a player to score a goal by striking the puck with his stick in the direction of the net. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Stature redirects here. ... 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Nicknamed "The Great One," Total Hockey: The Official Encyclopedia of the NHL calls Gretzky "the greatest player of all time."[1] He is generally regarded as the best player in history and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters,[2][3] players,[4] and coaches. He set 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, 6 All-Star records, won four Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers, and won 9 MVP awards and 10 scoring titles. He is the only player ever to total over 200 points in a season (a feat that he accomplished four times in his career). In addition, he tallied over 100 points a season for 15 NHL seasons, 13 of them consecutively. He is the only player to have his number, 99, officially retired by the National Hockey League for all teams – no player in the NHL will ever again wear the number 99. The National Hockey League All-Star Game (French: Match des Étoiles de la Ligue Nationale de Hockey) is an exhibition ice hockey game that marks the midway point of the National Hockey Leagues regular season, with many of the star players playing against each other. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... The Art Ross Trophy on display at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. ... Point in ice hockey has two meanings: When it is given to individual hockey players, it refers to either a goal or assist a player earns during a game. ... NHL redirects here. ...


He retired from playing in 1999, becoming Executive Director for the Canadian national men's hockey team during the 2002 Winter Olympics. He also became part owner of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2000 and following the 2004-05 NHL lockout became their head coach. The 1998-99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Canadian national mens hockey team is overseen by Hockey Canada. ... The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games, and with the theme slogan Light The Fire Within, were celebrated in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. ... The 1999-2000 NHL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Early years

Gretzky's paternal grandparents were ethnic Polish immigrants who came to Canada at the beginning of the 20th century from the town of Mogilev in the Russian Empire (now Belarus). In a 1999 Hockey Hall Of Fame inductee press conference, Gretzky stated "Thank God I'm Polish" when a friendly joke was made about another inductee of Scottish descent who wore a traditional Scottish kilt as a dedication to his heritage.[5] Wayne's father Walter turned the Gretzky backyard into a rink by leaving a water sprinkler running all winter; Walter taught Wayne and his brothers Keith, Brent, and Glenn to play hockey. In an unusually-frank 1990 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Gretzky related how Walter would build him up one minute then tear him down the next, reminding him that he could never have an "average" game. Wayne was a classic prodigy whose extraordinary skills made him the target of jealous parents.[6] For the object, see Pole. ... Mogilev, or Mahilyow (Belarusian: ; Russian: , translit. ... The subject of this article was previously also known as Russia. ... Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ... This article is about the Scottish as an ethnic group. ... This article is about the country. ... Walter Gretzky, O.Ont, (born October 8, 1938 in Canning, Ontario, Canada) is the father of former NHL player Wayne Gretzky, who is now part owner and coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... Keith Gretzky (born February 16, 1967 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada) is one of the brothers of famous ice hockey player, Wayne Gretzky. ... Brent Gretzky (born February 20, 1972 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada) is one of the brothers of famous ice hockey player, Wayne Gretzky. ... This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... Wunderkind redirects here. ...


Gretzky always played at a level far above his peers.[7] At age 6 he was skating with 10-year-olds. By the age of ten he scored 378 goals and 139 assists in just 85 games with the Nadrofsky Steelers. The first media story about him was published during this time in the Toronto Telegram. At 14, partly to further Wayne's career, and partly to remove him from the uncomfortable pressure he faced in his hometown, the Gretzkys challenged the Canadian amateur hockey rules to win Wayne the right to play elsewhere, which was disallowed at the time. The Gretzkys won, and Wayne moved to Toronto to play Junior B hockey with the Toronto Nationals. He earned Rookie of the Year honours in the Metro Junior B Hockey League in 1975–76, with 60 points in 28 games. The following year, as a 15 year old, he had 72 points in 32 games with the same team, then known as the Seneca Nationals. In addition, he signed with his first agent, Bob Behnke. The puck dents the top of the net and knocks off the water bottle for a goal as the goaltender fails to block the shot A goal in ice hockey provides a team with one point. ... The Toronto Nationals are a defunct Tier II Junior A ice hockey team from Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. ... Metro Junior A Emblem The Metro Junior A Hockey League was a junior level ice hockey league based out of Southern Ontario. ...


Despite his celebrity, Gretzky was bypassed by two teams in the 1977 OHA Midget Draft. Oshawa picked Tom McCarthy, and Niagara Falls picked Steve Peters second overall. With the third pick, the Greyhounds selected Gretzky. The Greyhounds took him, even though Walter Gretzky had written the team to advise that Wayne would not move to Sault Ste. Marie, a city with a northern Ontario location that inflicts a heavy traveling schedule on its junior team. He played a season in the Ontario Hockey League at the age of 16 with the Greyhounds. While playing for the Greyhounds, he began wearing the number 99 on his jersey. He originally wanted to wear number 9 — for his old hero Gordie Howe — but it was already being worn by his teammate, Brian Gualazzi. At coach Muzz MacPherson's suggestion, Gretzky settled on 99.[8] Nickname: Motto: Naturally Gifted Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario District Algoma District Incorporated 1887 (town), 1912 (city) Government  - City Mayor John Rowswell  - Governing body The Corporation of the City of Sault Sainte Marie  - MPs Tony Martin  - MPPs David Orazietti Area  - City  276 sq mi (715 km²) Elevation  630 ft (192... Northern Ontario is the part of the province of Ontario, Canada, which lies north of Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, the French River and Lake Nipissing. ... OHL All-Star Game 2006 Opening Face Off. ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ...


He became the youngest player to compete in the World Junior Championships when he participated in Montreal in 1978 at age 16.[9] Despite being the youngest player in the tournament by far, he finished as the tournament's top scorer, and was voted to the All-Star team and Best Forward of the tournament.[10] The Ice Hockey World Championship is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - Total 365. ...


World Hockey Association

That year (1978-79) he signed with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association (WHA) as an underage player. Prior to signing with Indianapolis, Gretzky was heavily recruited by Birmingham Bulls owner John F. Bassett. [11] Bassett wanted to confront the NHL by signing as many young and promising superstars as possible and saw Gretzky as the most promising young prospect. The National Hockey League (NHL) does not allow the signing of players under the age of 18, but the WHA had no rules regarding such signings. Wayne Gretzky scored his first professional goal against Dave Dryden of the Edmonton Oilers. [12] World Hockey Association logo The 1978-79 WHA season was the seventh and last regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The Indianapolis Racers were a franchise in the former World Hockey Association. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... The Birmingham Bulls were a hockey team based out of Birmingham, Alabama that played in the World Hockey Association. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... David Dryden (born September 5, 1941 in Hamilton, Ontario) was a Canadian ice hockey goaltender. ...


Racers owner Nelson Skalbania signed the 17-year-old to an eight-year personal services contract worth between $1.12- and $1.75-million US over one to two years. Skalbania knew that the WHA was fading and that the Racers could not hope to be included among any teams taken in by the NHL. He hoped to keep the Racers alive long enough to collect compensation from the surviving teams when the WHA dissolved, as well as any funds earned from selling the young star. Nelson M. Skalbania (born February 12, 1938) is a flamboyant Canadian businessman from Vancouver, British Columbia best known for signing a 17-year-old Wayne Gretzky to the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association. ...


However, Skalbania needed money. He sold Gretzky to his former partner, and then-owner of the WHA's Edmonton Oilers, Peter Pocklington. Although the announced price was $850,000, Pocklington actually paid $700,000 to purchase Gretzky as well as two other Indianapolis players, goaltender Eddie Mio and forward Peter Driscoll. [12] The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... Peter Pocklington (b. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... Eddie Mio was a professional ice hockey goaltender in the WHA a nd NHL and is currently Director of Player Development for the Phoenix Coyotes. ... Peter Driscoll (born October 27, 1954, in Powassan, Ontario) was a professional ice hockey left wing in the WHA and NHL. Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft and the Vancouver Blazers in the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, Driscoll signed with the Blazers, moving to...


One of the highlights of Gretzky’s season was when he appeared in the 1979 WHA All-Star Game. The format of the game was a three game series between the WHA All-Stars against Moscow Dynamo. The WHA All-Stars were coached by Jacques Demers and Demers put Gretzky on a line with his boyhood idol Gordie Howe and his son Mark Howe. [13] In Game One, the line scored seven points, as the WHA All-Star won by a score of 4-2. [13] In game two, Gretzky and Mark Howe each scored a goal and Gordie Howe picked up an assist as the WHA won 4-2. [13] The line did not score in the final game but the WHA won by a score of 4-3. Dynamo Moscow (Dinamo Moscow, Dinamo Moskva, Russian: Динамо Москва) is a Russian sports club, based in Moscow. ... Jacques Demers (b. ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ... Mark Howe (born May 28, 1955, in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League and 6 seasons in the World Hockey Association. ...


Gretzky would finish third in the league in scoring behind Robbie Ftorek and Buddy Cloutier. [14] Gretzky helped the Edmonton Oilers to the Avco Cup finals against the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets goalie was Gary Smith, a teammate of Gretzky while playing for the Indianapolis Racers. [15] Ironically, when Wayne Gretzky went to his first game at Maple Leaf Gardens, Gary Smith was one of the goalies in the game. [16] The Maple Leafs played the California Seals and Smith was the Seals' goalie. Robbie Ftorek is a former NHL player and coach. ... The Avco Cup was the championship trophy of the original World Hockey Association (1972_1979). ... Gary Suitcase Smith, a former professional ice hockey goaltender, was born in Ottawa, Ontario on February 4, 1944. ... The Indianapolis Racers were a franchise in the former World Hockey Association. ... Exterior signage as of 2006, with letters missing Maple Leaf Gardens was an indoor arena in Toronto, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street. ... The Oakland Seals were a team in the National Hockey League. ...


On Gretzky's 18th birthday, January 26, 1979, Pocklington signed him to a 20-year personal services contract (the longest in hockey history) worth $4-5 million US. Gretzky captured the Lou Kaplan Trophy for rookie of the year, finished third in league scoring (110 points), and helped the Oilers to first overall in the league. The Oilers reached the Avco World Trophy finals before losing to the Winnipeg Jets. It was Gretzky's only year in the WHA, as the league folded following the season. The one award Gretzky never received in the NHL was the one he earned in the WHA: Gretzky was awarded the WHA Rookie of the Year award in its final season. [12] is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The Lou Kaplan Trophy was presented to the World Hockey Associations rookie of the year. ... Avco World Trophy The Avco World Trophy was the championship trophy of the original World Hockey Association (1972-1979). ... The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ...


NHL career

After the World Hockey Association folded in 1979, the Edmonton Oilers and three other teams[17] joined the NHL. Gretzky's success in the WHA carried over into the NHL, despite some critics suggesting he would flounder in what was considered the bigger, tougher, and more talented league.[18] World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ...


Edmonton Oilers (1979-1988)

In his first NHL season, 1979-80, Gretzky proved his critics wrong. He was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the League's Most Valuable Player (the first of eight in a row) and tied for the scoring lead with Marcel Dionne with 137 points, which remains the most points by a first-year player. Although Gretzky played 79 games to Dionne's 80, Dionne was awarded the Art Ross Trophy since he scored more goals (53 vs. 51). Gretzky became the youngest player to score 50 goals but was not eligible for the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the top NHL rookie, because of his previous year of professional experience. Instead, Boston Bruins' defenseman Ray Bourque won it. The rule was later changed. The 1979-80 NHL season was the 63rd season of the National Hockey League. ... Hart Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the ice hockey player who is most valuable to his team in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... &Marcel Elphege ;Little Beaver Dionne (born August 3, 1951, in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers. ... The Art Ross Trophy on display at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. ... Calder Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the best rookie in the National Hockey League. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Raymond Jean Bourque (born December 28, 1960 in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, now a district of Montreal) is a Hockey Hall of Famer who currently holds the records for most goals, assists and points by a defenseman in the National Hockey League (NHL) and has become near-synonymous with the Boston...


In his second season, Gretzky won the Art Ross (the first of seven consecutive) with a then-record 164 points, breaking both Bobby Orr's record for assists in a season (102) and Phil Esposito's record for points in a season (152). He won his second straight Hart Trophy. Robert Gordon Bobby Orr, OC (born March 20, 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenseman, and is considered to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time. ... Philip Anthony Espo Esposito, OC (born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste. ...


During the 1981-82 season, he surpassed a record that had stood for 35 years: 50 goals in 50 games. Set by Maurice "Rocket" Richard during the 1944-45 NHL season and tied by Mike Bossy during the 1980-81 NHL season, Gretzky accomplished the feat in only 39 games. His 50th goal of the season came on December 30, 1981 in the final seconds of a 7-5 win against the Philadelphia Flyers and was his fifth of the game. Later that season, Gretzky broke Esposito's record for most goals in a season (76) on February 24 1982 scoring three goals to help beat the Buffalo Sabres, 6-3. He ended the 1981-82 season with records of 92 goals, 120 assists, and 212 points in 80 games, becoming the first and only player in NHL history to break the 200-point mark. That year, Gretzky became the first hockey player and first Canadian to be named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. He was also named Sports Illustrated Magazine's 1982 "Sportsman of the Year." The classic NHL shield logo The 1981-82 NHL season was the 65th season of the National Hockey League. ... Mike Bossy, left, equalled the Rockets scoring mark. ... Maurice Richard in his Canadiens uniform Joseph Henri Maurice Richard, also nicknamed Rocket Richard (born August 4, 1921 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, died May 27, 2000 in Montreal, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey player, and played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1960. ... The 1944-45 season was the 28th NHL season. ... Michael Mike Bossy (born in Montreal, Quebec, on January 22, 1957) was an ice hockey player who played for the New York Islanders during their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s. ... The 1980-81 NHL season was the 64th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1981-82 NHL season was the 65th season of the National Hockey League. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Buffalo Sabres is the best professional ice hockey team around. ... The puck dents the top of the net for a goal as the goaltender fails to block the shot A goal in ice hockey provides a team with one point. ... In ice hockey, an assist is attributed to up to the two previous players of the scoring team who touched or deflected the puck towards the scoring teammate, meaning that they were assisting in the goal. ... Point in ice hockey has two meanings: When it is given to individual hockey players, it refers to either a goal or assist a player earns during a game. ... Associated Press Athlete of the Year In 1931, the first and most prestigious Athlete of the Year award in the United States was initiated by the Associated Press (AP). ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsman of the Year award to the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement. ...


The following seasons saw Gretzky break his own assists record three more times (125 1982-83, 135 1984-85, and 163 1985-86; he also bettered that mark (120 assists) in 1986-87 with 121 and 1990-91 with 122) and his point record one more time (215). By the time he finished playing in Edmonton, he held or shared 49 NHL records, which in itself was a record. The classic NHL shield logo The 1982-83 NHL season was the 66th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1984-85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1985-86 NHL season was the 69th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1990-91 NHL season was the 74th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


The Edmonton Oilers finished their last WHA season first overall in the regular season. The same success was not immediate when they joined the NHL, but within four seasons, the Oilers were competing for the Stanley Cup. The Oilers were a young, strong team featuring forwards Mark Messier, Gretzky, Glenn Anderson and Jari Kurri, defenceman Paul Coffey, and goaltender Grant Fuhr. Gretzky was its captain (from 1983–88). In 1983, they made it to the Stanley Cup finals, only to be swept by the three-time defending champion New York Islanders. The following season, the Oilers met the Islanders in the Finals again, this time winning the Stanley Cup, their first of five in seven years. Gretzky was named an officer of the Order of Canada on June 25, 1984 for outstanding contribution to the sport of hockey. Since the Order ceremonies are always held during the hockey season, it took 13 years, seven months and two Governors-General before he could accept the honour. The Oilers, with Gretzky, also won the Cup in 1985, 1987, and 1988; and without him in 1990 with Mark Messier as captain. The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ... Glenn Anderson (b. ... Jari Pekka Kurri (born May 18, 1960, in Helsinki, Finland) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey right winger. ... Defence (defense in the U.S.A.) in hockey is a player position with a primary responsibility to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. ... Paul Douglas Coffey (born June 1, 1961, in Weston, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman in the National Hockey League. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... Grant S. Fuhr (born September 28, 1962), is a former goaltender in the National Hockey League. ... In ice hockey each team has a designated captain. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1982-83 NHL season was the 66th season of the National Hockey League. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... Seal of the Order of Canada The Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the Orders Latin motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means (those) desiring a better country (Hebrews 11. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1983 in sports, other events of 1984, 1985 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 Richard Petty won the 200th (and final) race of his career on July 4. ... Governor-General (or Governor General) is a term used both historically and currently to designate the appointed representative of a head of state or their government for a particular territory, historically in a colonial context, but no longer necessarily in that form. ... The 1984-85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1987-88 NHL season was the 71st season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1989-90 NHL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ...


"The Trade" - Los Angeles Kings (1988-1996)

On August 9, 1988, in a move that drastically changed the dynamics of the NHL, the Oilers traded Gretzky, along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski, to the Los Angeles Kings for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million in cash, and the Kings' first-round draft picks in 1989 (Jason Soules), 1991 (Tyler Wright), and 1993 (Jason Arnott). "The Trade", as it came to be known,[19] upset Canadians to the extent that New Democratic Party House Leader Nelson Riis demanded that the government block it[20] and Pocklington was burned in effigy. Gretzky himself was considered a "traitor" by some Canadians for turning his back on his adopted hometown, his home province, and his home country; his motivation was widely rumoured to be the furtherance of his wife's acting career.[21] Others believe it was Pocklington who instigated the trade, seeking to benefit personally from the transaction. is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1987 in sports, other events of 1988, 1989 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bill Elliott CART Racing - Danny Sullivan won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Rick Mears Formula One Championship - Ayrton... Martin James McSorley (born May 18, 1963) is a former professional hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and former head coach of the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (2002-2004). ... Mike Krushelnyski (born April 27, 1960, in Montreal, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey center in the NHL. Krushelnyski was selected by the Boston Bruins in the 6th round, 120th overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. ... James Charles Carson (b. ... Martin Gélinas () (born June 5, 1970 in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada) is a professional ice hockey forward. ... The 1989 NHL Entry Draft was held in June at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. ... Jason Soules (born March 14, 1971, in Hamilton, Ontario) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman. ... The 1991 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 22th at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. ... Tyler Wright (b. ... The 1993 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 26, 1993 at le Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City, Quebec. ... Jason William Arnott (born October 11, 1974 in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey center in the NHL with the Nashville Predators. ... This article is about the Canadian political party. ... In Canada each political party with representation in the House of Commons has a House Leader who is a front bench MP and an expert in parliamentary procedure. ... Nelson Andrew Riis (born January 10, 1942) is a former Canadian politician and New Democratic Party Member of Parliament. ... Jones aerobics video from 1987 Janet-Marie Jones (born January 10, 1961) is an American actress, dancer, and aerobics instructor. ...


Gretzky's first season in Los Angeles saw a marked increase in attendance and fan interest in a city not previously known for following hockey. The Kings, who then played their home games at the Great Western Forum, named Gretzky their captain (a position he held until his trade to St. Louis in 1996) and boasted numerous sellouts on their way to reaching the 1989 playoffs. Despite being underdogs against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Oilers in the Smythe Division semifinals, Gretzky led the Kings to a shocking upset of his old squad, spearheading the Kings' return from a 3-1 series deficit to win the series 4-3. For only the second time in his NHL career, Gretzky finished second in scoring, but narrowly beat out Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux (who scored 199 points) for the Hart Trophy as MVP. Many credit Gretzky's arrival with putting non-traditional U.S. hockey markets on "the NHL map"; not only did California receive two more NHL franchises (the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the San Jose Sharks) during Gretzky's tenure in L.A., but his popularity in Southern California proved to be an impetus in the league establishing teams in other parts of the U.S. Sun Belt.[22] In 1990, the Associated Press named him Male Athlete of the Decade. Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Fans of Janet Jackson, at Much Music in Toronto The word fan refers to someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking of a person, group of persons, work of art, idea, or trend. ... The Great Western Forum, known in Los Angeles simply as The Forum, is an indoor arena in Inglewood, California. ... The 1988-89 NHL season was the 72nd season of the National Hockey League. ... An underdog is a person or group in a competition, frequently in electoral politics, sports, and creative works, who is popularly expected to lose. ... The NHLs Smythe Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, commonly referred to as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California. ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. ... This article is about the region of Southern California. ... The Sun Belt, highlighted in red This article is about the region of the United States. ... See also: 1989 in sports, other events of 1990, 1991 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Derrike Cope won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Al Unser, Jr. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...


Gretzky was sidelined for much of the 1992-93 regular season with an upper back injury, the only year in which he did not lead his team in scoring. However, he performed very well in the playoffs, notably when he scored a hat trick in Game 7 of the Campbell Conference Finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. This victory propelled the Kings into the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history, where they faced the Montreal Canadiens. After winning the first game of the series by a score of 4–1, however, the team lost the next three games in overtime, and then fell 1–4 in the deciding fifth game where Gretzky failed to get a shot on net. The next season, Gretzky broke Gordie Howe's career goal-scoring record and won the scoring title, but the team began a long slide, and despite numerous player and coaching moves, they failed to qualify for the playoffs again until 1998. Long before then, running out of time and looking for a team with which he could win again, Gretzky had been traded from the Kings at his request. The 1992-93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... For other uses, see Hat Trick (disambiguation). ... The Western Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League used to divide teams. ... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ... The 1997-98 NHL season was the 81st regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


St. Louis Blues (1996)

On February 27, 1996 he joined the St. Louis Blues in a trade for Patrice Tardif, Roman Vopat, Craig Johnson, and draft picks. He scored 37 points in 31 games for the team in both the regular season and the playoffs, and the Blues came within one overtime game of the Conference finals. He also served as the team's captain in his short tenure with the Blues. However, he never clicked with the team or with his new right-winger, “The Golden Brett” Hull, on the ice as well as many had expected. On July 12, he signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent, rejoining longtime Oilers teammate Mark Messier. is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The St. ... Patrice Tardif (born October 30, 1970 in Saint-Methode-de-Fro, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey centre in the NHL. Making his debut with the St. ... Roman Vopat (born April 21, 1976 in Litvinov, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey forward. ... Craig Johnson (born March 8, 1972 in St. ... Brett Andrew Hull (born August 9, 1964 in Belleville, Ontario) is a former NHL player, the current interim co-general manager of the Dallas Stars, and the son of legendary player Bobby Hull and nephew of Dennis Hull. ... This article is about water ice. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ...


New York Rangers (1996-1999)

Wayne Gretzky in a New York Rangers uniform in 1997
Wayne Gretzky in a New York Rangers uniform in 1997

Gretzky ended his professional career with the New York Rangers, where he played his final three seasons and helped the team reach the Eastern Conference Finals in 1997. The Rangers were defeated in the conference finals by the Philadelphia Flyers. For the first time in his NHL career, Gretzky did not wear the team's captaincy during his Rangers stint (Gretzky briefly wore the captain's 'C' when Captain Mark Messier and alternate captain Brian Leetch were injured and out of the lineup at the same time). After the 1996-97 season, Mark Messier signed a free agent contract with the Vancouver Canucks, ending the brief reunion of Messier and Gretzky after just one season. With Messier's departure from the Rangers, the spotlight was on Gretzky once again. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 437 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1260 × 1728 pixel, file size: 505 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) cellspacing=8 cellpadding=0 style=width:100%; clear:both; text-align:center; margin:0. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 437 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1260 × 1728 pixel, file size: 505 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) cellspacing=8 cellpadding=0 style=width:100%; clear:both; text-align:center; margin:0. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ... Brian Leetch (born March 3, 1968 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA) is a professional ice hockey defenseman in the NHL, though he is currently an unsigned unrestricted free agent. ... Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...


In 1997, prior to his retirement, The Hockey News named a committee of 50 hockey experts (former NHL players, past and present writers, broadcasters, coaches and hockey executives) to select and rank the 50 greatest players in NHL history. The experts voted Gretzky number one. The Hockey News is a North American hockey newspaper. ...


He participated in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. However, Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, and Ray Bourque were passed over for the captaincy in favour of the younger Eric Lindros. Expectations were high for the Canadian team, but without the presence of Mario Lemieux (with whom Gretzky did well in the 1987 Canada Cup) and several other star Canadians due to injury, the team lost to the Czech Republic in the semi-finals. There was some additional controversy when Gretzky was not selected by coach Marc Crawford for the decisive shootout. Team Canada then lost the bronze medal game 3-2 to Finland, but Gretzky was said to have encouraged all of his teammates to attend the closing ceremony afterwards. The 1998 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVIII Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. ... Categories: Host cities of the Winter Olympic Games | Cities in Nagano Prefecture | Japan geography stubs ... Stephen Gregory Yzerman (born May 9, 1965, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada) is a former professional hockey player who played his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings. ... Raymond Jean Bourque (born December 28, 1960 in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, now a district of Montreal) is a Hockey Hall of Famer who currently holds the records for most goals, assists and points by a defenseman in the National Hockey League (NHL) and has become near-synonymous with the Boston... Eric Bryan Lindros (born February 28, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... Tournament MVP Wayne Gretzky celebrates Canadas victory The 1987 Canada Cup was a Professional ice hockey world championships series in 1987. ... Marc Crawford at the 2006 NHL Awards Ceremony. ...

Wayne Gretzky's Farewell Game at Madison Square Garden
Wayne Gretzky's Farewell Game at Madison Square Garden

His last NHL game in Canada was on April 16, 1999, in a 2-2 tie with the Ottawa Senators, and his final game was a 2-1 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins which had Jaromir Jagr, the future Ranger captain, scoring the game winning goal on April 18, 1999 in the Madison Square Garden. The national anthems in that game were adjusted to accommodate Gretzky's departure. In place of "O Canada, we stand on guard for thee", Bryan Adams sang "We're going to miss you Wayne Gretzky".[23] The Star-Spangled Banner, sung by John Amirante, was changed from "the land of the free" to "the land of Wayne Gretzky". He scored his final point in this game, assisting on the lone New York goal scored by Brian Leetch. Gretzky was named as the first, second, and third star of both games. Only Maurice Richard has had such an honour, when during the Stanley Cup Playoffs on March 23, 1944, he scored five dominating goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His Montreal Canadiens won 5-1. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 398 × 599 pixels Full resolution (2193 × 3300 pixel, file size: 924 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Wayne Gretzky ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 398 × 599 pixels Full resolution (2193 × 3300 pixel, file size: 924 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Wayne Gretzky ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1998-99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... For other uses, see Ottawa Senators (disambiguation). ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that is evoking and eulogising the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognised either by a countrys government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. ... For other persons of the same name, see Brian Adams. ... The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States. ... Brian Leetch (born March 3, 1968 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA) is a professional ice hockey defenseman in the NHL, though he is currently an unsigned unrestricted free agent. ... Joseph-Henri-Maurice Rocket Richard PC, CC, OQ (August 4, 1921 – May 27, 2000) was a professional ice hockey player who played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1960. ... The modernized NHL shield logo, debuting in 2005. ... The 1943-44 season was the 27th NHL season. ... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ...


At the time of his retirement, Gretzky was the second-to-last WHA player still active in professional hockey, Mark Messier being the last. Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ...


Skills

Gretzky's dominance throughout his career was attributed to the amount of time he practiced (by his own account, at least 4-5 hours a day) and also that he was a natural prodigy. At 16, Gretzky's skills were already described as "a magic touch,"; he had a good shot, moved the puck very well, never quit, and played "both ways" (defence as well as offence). He was described as a player that any team could build their hockey club around, which is perhaps exemplified by the immediate impact he had on the Los Angeles Kings upon joining them. Wunderkind redirects here. ...


In terms of basic athletic abilities, Gretzky was not impressive. Gretzky was 6 feet tall, weighing only 160 pounds as an eighteen year old NHL rookie in 1979 and ending his career in 1999 at 185 pounds. At the beginning of Gretzky's NHL career, many critics at the time opined that Gretzky was "too small, too wiry, and too slow to be a force in the (NHL)".[24] On the other hand, he had no rival in his intelligence and reading of the game, being able to anticipate where the puck was going to be and execute the right move at the right time.[2]. It was said that he "seems to have eyes in the back of his head" and had a knack of "rolling with a check."[25]


By the time of his retirement, Gretzky had become known for setting up behind the net, which acquired the nickname of "Gretzky's office" because "he went to work there," passing to teammates like Luc Robitaille or Kurri or jumping out quickly for a wrap-around goal. In honour of that, for his last game there were two large "99s" painted on the ice behind the goal [26] No less an expert than Bobby Orr said he "thinks so far ahead," while Gretzky himself referred to it as having "...a feeling about where a teammate is going to be, a lot of times, I can turn and pass without looking."[27] Luc Robitaille playing for the Los Angeles Kings on December 21, 2005 Lucky Luc Robitaille (born February 17, 1966 in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. ... Robert Gordon Bobby Orr, OC (born March 20, 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenseman, and is considered to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time. ...


Post-retirement

Gretzky was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 22, 1999, becoming the tenth player to bypass the three-year waiting period. The NHL then stated that he would be the last player to do so. He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2000. In addition Gretzky's #99 was retired league-wide at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game. Later that year, he became Alternate Governor and Managing Partner of the Phoenix Coyotes NHL team. Rumours began regarding Gretzky becoming the head coach of the team, but were nixed by Gretzky and the rest of the Coyotes' ownership.[28] Despite previous denials however, on August 8, 2005 Gretzky agreed to become the new coach of the Coyotes. Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1998 in sports, other events of 1999, 2000 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics Hicham El Guerrouj sets the new World Record in the mile at the World Championships in Rome. ... The IIHF Hall of Fame was established by the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1997, when 30 individuals were inducted at the world championships in Helsinki. ... The 50th National Hockey League All-Star Game was part of the 1999-2000 NHL season, and took place in Torontos Air Canada Centre on February 6, 2000. ... The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. ... NHL redirects here. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the time leading up to Gretzky's announcement, several prominent free agents signed with Phoenix citing the chance to play for Gretzky, including Brett Hull. Hull, who was briefly Gretzky's right winger, only lasted five games and only scored one assist before retiring. Ironically, "The Golden Brett" would have had the record for the most goals over any given three seasons — he scored 228 goals between 1989-90 and 1991-92 — if it weren't for The Great One. From 1981-82 to 1983-84, Gretzky scored 254 goals. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1989-90 NHL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1991-92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1981-82 NHL season was the 65th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1983-84 NHL season was the 67th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...

A statue of Wayne Gretzky outside Staples Center

Gretzky made his coaching debut on October 5, 2005, the opening night of the 2005-06 NHL season, losing 3-2 to the Vancouver Canucks. His first coaching victory was October 8, 2005, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1. Gretzky took an indefinite leave of absence as coach on December 17, 2005 to care for his ill mother in Brantford, Ontario. His mother lost her battle to lung cancer two days later, passing away on December 19, 2005. Assistant coach Rick Tocchet assumed the position until Gretzky's return on December 28. Coyotes' CEO Jeff Shumway announced on June 5, 2006 that Gretzky has agreed to a new five-year contract to remain as head coach. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see 5th October (Serbia). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country Province Established May 31, 1877 Government  - City Mayor Mike Hancock  - Governing Body Brantford City Council  - MP Lloyd St. ... Lung cancer is a disease of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Tocchet (born on April 9, 1964 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. ... is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Additionally, since Gretzky's retirement, a statue has been erected outside Staples Center, home of his former Los Angeles Kings, in his honor, as well as another statue outside Rexall Place home of his Edmonton Oilers. Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Rexall Place is an indoor arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is situated on the north side of Northlands Park. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ...


Winter Olympics

Gretzky was Executive Director of the Canadian men's hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. On February 18, he lashed out at the media at a press conference, frustrated with speculation regarding his team's uninspiring 1-1-1 start. His temper boiled over after Canada's 3-3 draw vs. the Czech Republic, as he launched a tirade against the perceived negative reputation of Team Canada amongst other national squads, and called rumours of dissent in the dressing room the result of "American propaganda." "They're loving us not doing well," he said, referring to American hockey fans. American fans online began calling Gretzky a "crybaby"; defenders said he was merely borrowing a page from former coach Glen Sather to take the pressure off his players. Canada went on to win the gold medal. The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games, and with the theme slogan Light The Fire Within, were celebrated in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... For ships of the United States Navy of the same name, see USS Salt Lake City. ... is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... A member of Liberal Democratic Party Taizo Sugimura in an apology news conference in Japan A news conference or press conference is a media event in which newsmakers invite journalists to hear them speak and, most often, ask questions. ... Glen Slats Sather (born September 2, 1943 in High River, Alberta, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey left winger in the World Hockey Association and National Hockey League and current President and General Manager of the New York Rangers of the NHL. He played for the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh...


Gretzky again acted as Executive Director of Canada's men's hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, though not to the success of 2002; the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals and failed to win a medal. He was asked to manage Canada's team at the 2005 Ice Hockey World Championships, but declined due to his mother's poor health. Neve and Gliz, the 2006 Olympics mascots, on display in Turin The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006. ... Location Region Piedmont Province Torino Area   – Total   – Water 130 km² (50 mi²) ##.# km² (#.# mi²) #.##% Population   – Total (2002)   – Density 857,433 6,596/km² Time zone CET: UTC+1 Latitude Longitude   45°04N 7°40E (##.#######, -##.#######)1. ... Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics was held at the Torino Palasport Olimpico and the Torino Esposizioni in Turin, Italy. ... The Ice Hockey World Championship is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. ...


The Heritage Classic

Main article: Heritage Classic

Although Gretzky previously stated he would not participate in any old-timers exhibition games, on November 22, 2003, he took to the ice one last time to help celebrate the Edmonton Oilers' 25th anniversary as an NHL team. The Heritage Classic, held at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, was the first NHL game to be played outdoors. It was preceded by the Mega Stars game, which featured Gretzky and many of his Oiler Dynasty teammates against a group of retired Montreal Canadiens players including Claude Lemieux and Guy Lafleur. Despite frigid temperatures, the crowd numbered 57,167 (an NHL record), with an additional several million watching the game on television.[29] The Edmonton alumni won the Megastars game 2-0, while Montreal went on to win the regular season game held later that day, 4-3. The game was subsequently released on DVD entitled Heritage Classic: A November to Remember. Gretzky and Lafleur at the ceremonial faceoff A group photo of the MegaStars, joined by Raj Binder, far left The Heritage Classic was an outdoor ice hockey game played on November 22, 2003 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. ... November 22, 2003 In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the presidents resignation. ... Gretzky and Lafleur at the ceremonial faceoff A group photo of the MegaStars, joined by Raj Binder, far left The Heritage Classic was an outdoor ice hockey game played on November 22, 2003 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. ... Commonwealth Stadium is a venue located in the Norwood Area of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, primarily used by the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. Built in 1978 to host the Commonwealth Games, the stadium seats 60,081 (for regular season football)[1] but can be expanded. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Claude Lemieux (born July 16, 1965 in Buckingham, Quebec, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player active in the National Hockey League from 1983 to 2003. ... Guy Damien Lafleur, OC, CQ, (born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec), is one of the greatest and most popular players ever to play professional ice hockey. ...


Off the ice

Gretzky met American actress Janet Jones in 1984 when he was a judge on Dance Fever and she was a dancer on the show. They ran into each other at a Los Angeles Lakers game in 1987.[30] On Howard Stern's 22 October 1996 show, Gretzky revealed that he and Janet consummated their relationship that night (Stern remarked: "That's why they call you 'The Great One'".) Jones aerobics video from 1987 Janet-Marie Jones (born January 10, 1961) is an American actress, dancer, and aerobics instructor. ... This article is about the year. ... Dance Fever was a syndicated musical variety series in which three celebrities judged amateur dancers to hottest disco hits of the day. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Janet was four months pregnant with Paulina when they married on July 17, 1988.[31] "The Royal Wedding" was broadcast live throughout Canada from Edmonton's St. Joseph's Basilica, although neither Gretzky nor Jones is Roman Catholic. Members of the Fire Department acted as guards at the church steps. The event reportedly cost Gretzky over US$1 million. They have 4 other children: Ty Robert (b. July 9, 1990), Trevor Douglas (b. September 14, 1992), Tristan Wayne (b. August 2, 2000), and Emma Marie (b. March 28, 2003). Gretzky obtained American citizenship after the wedding. Ty plays for Shattuck-Saint Mary's Midget AA hockey team, the same school that produced Sidney Crosby. [32] Paulina Mary Jean Gretzky (born 19 December 1988 in Los Angeles, California) is a model and pop singer. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... St. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... USD redirects here. ... is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shattuck-St Marys School is an Episcopal Church-affiliated boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota known for its hockey program. ... Sidney Patrick Crosby (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and captain of the NHLs Pittsburgh Penguins. ...


In 1991 Gretzky purchased the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL with Bruce McNall and John Candy. He and McNall later bought one of the Honus Wagner T206 cigarette cards. Gretzky hosted Saturday Night Live in 1989. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The Toronto Argonauts are a Canadian Football League team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... “CFL” redirects here. ... Bruce Patrick McNall (b. ... John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ... Johannes Peter Honus Wagner (February 24, 1874 - December 6, 1955), nicknamed The Flying Dutchman, was an American baseball player who played during the 1890s until the 1910s. ... 1909-11 T-206 baseball card set The baseball card set known as T-206 was issued from 1909 to 1911 in cigarette packs through 16 different brands owned by the American Tobacco Co. ... No. ... This article is about the American television series. ...


Once Gretzky retired, one of Edmonton's busiest inner city highway's that passes by the Oilers arena, Capilano Drive, was renamed to "Wayne Gretzky Drive" in October of 1999. Similarly, most of Park Road in his hometown of Brantford, Ontario, is now "Wayne Gretzky Parkway".


He has endorsed a wide variety of products, including denim jeans, his own line of wallpaper, pillow cases, cereal, chocolate bars, clocks, lunch boxes and a Mattel doll.[33] Other endorsements include Koho, Titan, and Easton hockey sticks, Thrifty Rent A Car, Peak Antifreeze, Ford-Canada, Coca-Cola, Esso, McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Campbell's Soup, the Official All-Star Café, Primestar TV, Upper Deck, Nike, Ultra Wheels, Hallmark Cards, Zürich Insurance, 7 Up, Tylenol, Canadian Imperial Bank, and Power Automotive Group. He and Ty did commercials for the Sharp Viewcam.[34] Gretzky also lent his likeness (along with Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson) to a 1992 cartoon show, ProStars,[35] and video games in 1991, 1996, 2004, and 2006. Forbes estimates that Gretzky earned US$93.8 million from 1990-98. In 1998, Gretzky launched a line of menswear,[36] and signed a licensing agreement with a phone card company. The model of helmet that Gretzky wore, the Jofa VM, is known as the "Gretzky helmet". Gretzky is featured in several lines of McFarlane NHL Sports Picks figures created by Edmonton Oilers co-owner Todd McFarlane.[37] This article is about the material denim. ... Jeans are trousers traditionally made from denim, but may also be made from a variety of fabrics not including corduroy. ... Mary Cassatts painting of two ladies drinking tea in a room with red-blue striped wallpapers. ... Grain redirects here. ... For other uses, see Chocolate (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Clock (disambiguation). ... For the Marilyn Manson single, see Lunchbox (single). ... Mattel headquarters in El Segundo Mattel Inc. ... For other uses, see Doll (disambiguation). ... Koho was a Finnish brand of hockey equipment manufactured by The Hockey Company (parent company of CCM). ... Field hockey stick Girl with a field hockey stick In climatology, the Hockey Stick graph is a nickname for a rising temperature reconstruction. ... Thrifty Rent A Car is a rental car company based in the United States. ... “Ford” redirects here. ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... This article is about the trade name. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... World locations Dominos Pizza, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... PrimeStar is a now-defunct U.S. direct broadcast satellite organization formed in 1991. ... The Upper Deck Entertainment logo. ... Nike, Inc. ... Bont ZX2 inline speed skates Inline skates are a type of roller skate, used for inline skating. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Zurich Financial Services Group is a major financial services group based in Zurich, Switzerland. ... This article is about a soft drink. ... Each caplet in this bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol contains a 500 mg dose of acetaminophen (paracetamol). ... The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce TSX: CM NYSE: CM, also French: Banque Canadienne Impériale de Commerce, is Canadas fifth largest bank with over 1,100 branches across Canada and over 38,500 employees is primarily marketed as CIBC. CIBC and its subsidiaries Amicus Bank and Presidents... Sharp Corporation ) (TYO: 6753 , LuxSE: SRP) is a Japanese electronics manufacturer, founded in 1912. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Vincent Edward Bo Jackson (born November 30, 1962 in Bessemer, Alabama) is an American athlete and a former multi-sport professional. ... ProStars was a Saturday morning cartoon show on NBC in 1991. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... Wayne Gretzkys 3D Hockey - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about telephone cards, also called calling cards. ... McFarlane Sports Picks is the name given to the line of sports-related action figures released by McFarlane Toys, a company founded by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... Todd McFarlane (born March 16, 1961 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian comic book artist, writer, toy manufacturer/designer, and media entrepreneur who is best known as the creator of the epic religious fantasy series Spawn. ...


Gambling controversy

On February 7, 2006, Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet was implicated in a New Jersey-based gambling ring. Bets were allegedly taken from NHL players, Janet Jones and Coyotes GM Michael Barnett, who confirmed to police he placed a bet on Super Bowl XL with Tocchet. Gretzky stated: "I did nothing wrong, or nothing that has to do with anything along the lines of betting; that never happened... I'll say it one more time: I didn't bet, didn't happen, not going to happen, never will happen, hasn't happened, not something I've done."[38] Reports by the Newark Star-Ledger stated that the New Jersey State Police possessed wiretaps with Gretzky speaking to Tocchet. Sources told the paper there is no evidence Gretzky made any bets, but police were attempting to learn if he placed any through his wife.[39] Another source later confirmed that the wiretap occurred after police went to Gretzky's house to question Jones.[40] It was announced on February 16, 2006 that Gretzky would not be charged nor would it be likely his wife would be charged.[41] is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Tocchet (born on April 9, 1964 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Caravaggio, The Cardsharps, c. ... Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in... The Star-Ledger is the leading newspaper in New Jersey. ... The New Jersey State Police is the state police force for the state of New Jersey. ... Telephone tapping or Wire tapping/ Wiretapping (in US) describes the monitoring of telephone conversations by a third party, often by covert means. ... is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On March 15, 2006, the New Jersey attorney general announced it will subpoena Jones to testify as soon as a grand jury convenes. On May 8, Tocchet and Jones filed separate notices that they intend to sue the State of New Jersey for $50 million each for defamation, claiming the investigation damaged their reputations and cost them business opportunities.[42] On August 3, former New Jersey state trooper James Harney pleaded guilty to conspiracy, promoting gambling and official misconduct, and promised to help authorities with their case against Tocchet. is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Attorney General of New Jersey is a member of the executive cabinet of the state. ... A subpoena is a command to appear at a certain time and place to give testimony upon a certain matter. ... In the American common law legal system, a grand jury is a type of jury which determines if there is enough evidence for a trial. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... “Libel” redirects here. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Transactions

  • February 27, 1996 - Traded by the Los Angeles Kings to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Roman Vopat, Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif, St. Louis' 1996 5th round draft choice and St. Louis' 1997 1st round draft choice.
  • July 21, 1996 - Signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers.

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Career Statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW GP G A Pts PIM
1975-76 Toronto Nationals MetJHL 28 27 33 60 7
1976-77 Seneca Nationals MetJHL 32 36 36 72 35 23 40 35 75
1976-77 Peterborough Petes OHL 3 0 3 3 0
1977-78 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 64 70 112 182 14
1978-79 Indianapolis Racers WHA 8 3 3 6 0
1978-79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 72 43 61 104 19 13 10 10 20 2
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 51 86 137 21 +15 13 1 6 3 2 1 3 0
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 55 109 164 28 +41 15 4 3 9 7 14 21 4
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 92 120 212 26 +81 18 6 12 5 5 7 12 8
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 71 125 196 59 +60 18 6 9 16 12 26 38 4
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 87 118 205 39 +76 20 12 11 19 13 22 35 12
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 73 135 208 52 +98 8 11 7 18 17 30 47 4
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 52 163 215 46 +71 11 3 6 10 8 11 19 2
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 62 121 183 28 +70 13 7 4 21 5 29 34 6
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 40 109 149 24 +39 9 5 3 19 12 31 43 16
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 54 114 168 26 +15 11 5 5 11 5 17 22 0
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 40 102 142 42 +8 10 4 4 7 3 7 10 0
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 41 122 163 16 +30 8 0 5 12 4 11 15 2
1991-92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 31 90 121 34 -12 12 2 2 6 2 5 7 2
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 16 49 65 6 +6 0 2 1 24 15 25 40 4
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 38 92 130 20 -25 14 4 0
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 11 37 48 6 -20 3 0 1
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 15 66 81 32 -7 5 0 2
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 18 8 13 21 2 -6 1 1 1 13 2 14 16 0
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 82 25 72 97 28 +12 6 0 2 15 10 10 20 2
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 82 23 67 90 28 -11 6 0 4
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 70 9 53 62 14 -23 3 0 3
20 years Totals NHL 1487 894 1963 2857 577 +518 204 73 91 208 122 260 382 66

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International play

Played for Canada in:

International statistics The World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, (WJHC, formally the IIHF World U-20 Hockey Championship) is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation for national under-20 ice hockey teams from around the world. ... The 1981 Canada Cup was the second such professional ice hockey world championship. ... The Ice Hockey World Championship is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. ... Canada won this tournament, beating Sweden in the final. ... Tournament MVP Wayne Gretzky celebrates Canadas victory The 1987 Canada Cup was a Professional ice hockey world championships series in 1987. ... Wayne Gretzky celebrates Canadas victory with Mark Messier The 1991 Canada Cup was a Professional ice hockey world championships series in 1991. ... The first World Cup of Hockey (WCH), or 1996 World Cup of Hockey, replaced the Canada Cup as the premier championship for professional ice hockey. ... The mens gold medal game: Russia vs Czech Republic 1998 was the first year that featured women in ice hockey competition. ...

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1978 Canada WJC 6 8 9 17 2
1981 Canada CC 7 5 7 12 2
1982 Canada WCh 10 6 8 14 0
1984 Canada CC 8 5 7 12 2
1987 NHL All-Stars RV-87 2 0 4 4 0
1987 Canada CC 9 3 18 21 2
1991 Canada CC 7 4 8 12 2
1996 Canada WCp 8 3 4 7 2
1998 Canada OG 6 0 4 4 2
Int'l Totals 63 34 69 103 14

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See also

October 15, 1989: Gordie Howe congratulates Wayne on his 1,851st career point, breaking Howes record Upon his retirement on April 18, 1999, Wayne Gretzky held or shared 61 National Hockey League records. ... This is a partial list of retired National Hockey League players. ... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36... In ice hockey, scoring 500 regular-season goals is considered a highly significant achievement for National Hockey League players. ... This is a list of NHL Statistical leaders. ...

Notes

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  8. ^ 99 Reasons Why Wayne Gretzky is "The Great One". NHL.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-19.
  9. ^ Adams, Alan. "The Crucible", IMPACT!. Retrieved on 2007-09-19. 
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  11. ^ The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, p.221, McLelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON, ISBN 0-7710-8947-3
  12. ^ a b c The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, p.219, McLelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON, ISBN 0-7710-8947-3
  13. ^ a b c The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, p.221, McLelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON, ISBN 0-7710-8947-3
  14. ^ The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, p.239, McLelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON, ISBN 0-7710-8947-3
  15. ^ 67: The Maple Leafs, Their Sensational Victory, and the End of an Empire, Damien Cox and Gord Stellick, p. 79, ISBN number: 0-470-83400-5, Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
  16. ^ The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, p.241, McLelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON, ISBN 0-7710-8947-3
  17. ^ The other three teams to join the NHL were: New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, and Jets
  18. ^ Kenneth Shouler, Lord of the Rink, Cigar Aficionado, 1997
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  20. ^ Scott Morrison, Wayne Gretzky traded... ...California here he comes, Toronto Sun, August 10, 1988
  21. ^ Terry Jones, Telling it like it is, Edmonton Sun, August 12, 1988
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  40. ^ MSNBC.com, Timing of wiretap supports Gretzky's claim, accessed February 12, 2006
  41. ^ Angela Della Santi and Beth DeFalco, Gretzky, wife won't be charged criminally, lawyers say, Associated Press Newswire
  42. ^ David Vest, Tocchet, Gretzky's wife start suits, The Arizona Republic, May 26, 2006

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References

  • Wayne Gretzky with Rick Reilly (1990). Gretzky: An Autobiography. An Edward Burlingame Book. ISBN 0-06-016339-9
  • Wayne Gretzky, John Davidson, and Dan Diamond. 99: My Life in Pictures. ISBN 0-920445-67-5
  • SLAM! Presents Wayne Gretzky, Canadian Online Explorer: SLAM! Sports.
  • Wayne Gretzky Fansite, Wayne Gretzky Stats, Biography, Career Milestones and Quotes
  • Wayne Gretzky on NHL.com

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Ted Nolan on the red carpet of the 2006 NHL awards. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... Tom Renney (born March 1, 1955 in Cranbrook, British Columbia) is a Canadian ice hockey coach, currently head coach of the New York Rangers of the NHL. He has also coached in the Canadian Hockey League and has coached the Canadian national mens hockey team. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... John A. Stevens (born May 4, 1966, in Campbellton, New Brunswick) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and the head coach of the NHLs Philadelphia Flyers. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Michel Therrien (b. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The NHLs Northeast Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment, the predecessor of which was the Adams Division. ... Claude Julien (born April 23, 1960 in Blind River, Ontario, Canada) is the current head coach of the Boston Bruins since June 19, 2007[1]. He previously served as the head coach for the Montreal Canadiens and the New Jersey Devils. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Lindy Cameron Ruff (Born: February 17, 1960 in Warburg, Alberta, Canada) is head coach of the Buffalo Sabres and former left winger in the National Hockey League. ... The Buffalo Sabres is the best professional ice hockey team around. ... Guy Carbonneau (b. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Alvin John Paddock (born June 9, 1954 in Oak River, Manitoba) is a former Canadian ice hockey player. ... For other uses, see Ottawa Senators (disambiguation). ... Paul the good man Maurice (born January 30, 1967 in Sault Ste. ... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ... The NHLs Southeast Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Eastern Conference due to expansion. ... Don Waddell (Born August 19, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan) is the current executive vice president and general manager of the Atlanta Thrashers and former ice hockey defenceman. ... The Atlanta Thrashers are a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Peter Laviolette Jr. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... Jacques Martin (born October 1, 1952 in St. ... For the animal species by this name, see Florida Panther. ... John Tortorella (Born: June 24, 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA-) is an American and former rightwinger in the NCAA and ACHL and current head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, with whom he won the Stanley Cup along with the Jack Adams Award for best coach in 2004. ... The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida, USA. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Bruce Boudreau (born January 9, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 141 games in the National Hockey League and 30 games in the World Hockey Association. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Western Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League used to divide teams. ... The NHLs Central Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment, the predecessor of which was the Norris Division. ... Denis Joseph Savard (born February 4, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League from 1980 to 1997. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Ken Hitchcock (born December 17, 1951 in Edmonton, Alberta) also known as Hitch is an NHL hockey coach and pro scout, currently head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets . ... The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. ... Babcock coaching a playoff game Mike Babcock (born April 29, 1963 in Manitouwadge, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian hockey head coach and former player. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... Barry Trotz (born July 15, 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is the head coach of NHL ice hockey team Nashville Predators. ... The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Andy Murray (Born: March 3, 1951, Gladstone, Manitoba, Canada) is the current head coach of the St. ... The St. ... The NHLs Northwest Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Western Conference due to expansion. ... Michael Edward Keenan (born October 21, 1949 in Bowmanville, Ontario) is the current head coach of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, and former General Manager of the Florida Panthers. ... The Calgary Flames are a professional hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and play out of the Pengrowth Saddledome. ... Joel Quenneville (Born: September 15, 1958 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada-) is a Canadian former defenceman and current head coach in the National Hockey League. ... The Colorado Avalanche are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado, United States. ... Craig MacTavish (born August 15, 1958 in London, Ontario, Canada) is the head coach of the National Hockey Leagues Edmonton Oilers. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... Jacques Gerard Lemaire (born September 7, 1945 in Lasalle, Quebec, Canada) is a former ice hockey centre and current head coach in the National Hockey League. ... The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... Alain Vigneault (b. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... The NHLs Pacific Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment. ... Carlyle at the 2006 NHL Awards Ceremony. ... The Anaheim Ducks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California, USA. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... David Dave Tippett (Born: August 25, 1961 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a former left-winger and current head coach in the National Hockey League. ... The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ... Marc Crawford at the 2006 NHL Awards Ceremony. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. ... Ronald Lawrence Wilson (born May 28, 1955 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and raised in Riverside, Rhode Island) is an American ice hockey former player and coach. ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. ... Rick Bowness is a Canadian former National Hockey League leftwinger and currently an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. ... The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. ... The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... Shayne Corson (born August 13, 1966) is a Canadian former professional hockey forward in the National Hockey League. ... The St. ... The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Christopher Robert Pronger (born October 10, 1974, in Dryden, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the NHLs Anaheim Ducks (2006–present). ... Dave Taylor is a retired professional ice hockey player (L.A. Kings, 77-94. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The 1989-90 NHL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Luc Robitaille playing for the Los Angeles Kings on December 21, 2005 Lucky Luc Robitaille (born February 17, 1966 in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. ... The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Robert Bowlby Rob Blake (born December 10, 1969, in Simcoe, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey defenseman in the NHL, playing for the Los Angeles Kings. ... Leo Fogolin (born February 15, 1955) in Chicago, Illinois, was a defenceman in the National Hockey League. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The 1983-84 NHL season was the 67th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1987-88 NHL season was the 71st season of the National Hockey League. ... Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... The Art Ross Trophy on display at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... The Art Ross Trophy on display at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 1989-90 NHL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1990-91 NHL season was the 74th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... &Marcel Elphege ;Little Beaver Dionne (born August 3, 1951, in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers. ... The Art Ross Trophy on display at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 1980-81 NHL season was the 64th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... The 1988-89 NHL season was the 72nd season of the National Hockey League. ... Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ... Bryan John Trottier (born July 17, 1956, in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Canada) was a professional Ice Hockey Centre in the NHL, and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... The 1979-80 NHL season was the 63rd season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... Ron niggerdick Hextall (born May 3, 1964 in Brandon, Manitoba) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender most often associated with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League. ... Conn Smythe Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player during the National Hockey Leagues Stanley Cup playoffs. ... The 1987-88 NHL season was the 71st season of the National Hockey League. ... Allan Al MacInnis (born July 11, 1963 in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Canada) is a retired professional Hockey defenceman who played 23 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames and St. ... Not to be confused with Marc Messier, an actor from Quebec. ... Conn Smythe Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player during the National Hockey Leagues Stanley Cup playoffs. ... The 1984-85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League. ... Patrick Jacques Roy (IPA pronunciation: ), (born October 5, 1965, in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada — a suburb of Quebec City) is a retired ice hockey goaltender. ... Jari Pekka Kurri (born May 18, 1960, in Helsinki, Finland) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey right winger. ... The Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy was donated by the Montreal Canadiens hockey club in 1999 to be awarded annually to the goal-scoring leader during the National Hockey League regular season. ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... Michael Mike Bossy (born in Montreal, Quebec, on January 22, 1957) was an ice hockey player who played for the New York Islanders during their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s. ... The Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy was donated by the Montreal Canadiens hockey club in 1999 to be awarded annually to the goal-scoring leader during the National Hockey League regular season. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1981-82 NHL season was the 65th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1984-85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League. ... Jari Pekka Kurri (born May 18, 1960, in Helsinki, Finland) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey right winger. ... Robert Lea MacMillan (born December 3, 1952 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada) is a former professional ice hockey right winger who played in the NHL for 11 seasons from 1974-75 until 1984-85. ... The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League hockey player voted to have shown the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with performance in play. ... The 1979-80 NHL season was the 63rd season of the National Hockey League. ... Rick Kehoe (born July 15, 1951 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a noted player and coach in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League hockey player voted to have shown the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with performance in play. ... The 1990-91 NHL season was the 74th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1991-92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Pierre Turgeon (born 28 August 1969 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian professional hockey player who plays for the National Hockey Leagues Colorado Avalanche. ... Pierre Turgeon (born 28 August 1969 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian professional hockey player who plays for the National Hockey Leagues Colorado Avalanche. ... The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League hockey player voted to have shown the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with performance in play. ... The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Ronald Ron Francis (born March 1, 1963 in Sault Ste. ... Ronald Ron Francis (born March 1, 1963 in Sault Ste. ... The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League hockey player voted to have shown the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with performance in play. ... The 1998-99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Pavol Demitra (Born: November 29, 1974 in Dubnica, Czechoslovakia- now Slovakia) is a Slovak professional hockey centre. ... Mark Howe (born May 28, 1955, in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League and 6 seasons in the World Hockey Association. ... The NHL Plus-Minus Award is awarded annually to the player in the National Hockey League that leads the league in plus/minus. ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... Brad McCrimmon (born 23 March 1959 in Dodsland, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the NHL between 1979 and 1997. ... Charles Charlie Huddy (b. ... The NHL Plus-Minus Award is awarded annually to the player in the National Hockey League that leads the league in plus/minus. ... The 1983-84 NHL season was the 67th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1984-85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League. ... Mark Howe (born May 28, 1955, in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League and 6 seasons in the World Hockey Association. ... Susan Nattrass Susan Marie Nattrass (born November 5, 1950 in Medicine Hat, Alberta) is a Canadian shooter. ... The Lou Marsh Trophy is awarded annually by a panel of journalists in recognition of Canadas top athlete. ... See also: 1981 in sports, other events of 1982, 1983 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Rick Mears won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Gordon Johncock Formula One Champion - Keke... 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Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born January 26, 1961) is a former professional ice hockey player and is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Gretzky's grandfather emigrated to Canada at the beginning of the 20th century from the town of Mogilev in Belarus.
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Wayne Gretzky, born in 1961, Canadian professional ice hockey player, nicknamed The Great One, who is the National Hockey League (NHL) career leader in goals, assists, and points (goals and assists combined).
Gretzky was a skinny teenager playing a highly physical sport against grown men, but he was a dominant offensive player.
Gretzky won the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP on nine occasions (1980-1987, 1989) and won the Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer ten times (1981-1987, 1990, 1991, 1994).
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