The name Wayne Gretzky is known not only to every canadian. Students play hockey and dream to become anything like him, and all over the world rarely meet a person who has not heard about this famous hockey player. Although Canada and Russia is rich in hockey talent, this person stands out. Many say that true talent can appear in the world once in a hundred years. But as much talent as Gretzky, appears much less frequently. And hockey on the horizon, not yet risen like a star.
Children's hockey years
Wayne was born in a family of emigrants in the second lap. At the beginning of the last century his grandfather Terence emigrated from Russia to Canada. And in Canada found his wife, also a native of the former Russian Empire, Maria. This family was engaged in farming. And in her subsequently born Wayne Douglas Gretzky – is the full name of the hockey player.
Grandfather Terence was very close to little Wayne and encouraged him to participate in hockey. Often he and my grandmother watched the progress of training and the first hockey success grandson. Wayne Gretzky grew quite tall and strong boy. And according to witnesses, he usually played hockey with the boys, who for some years was his age.
But it is not embarrassed. At the age of five he played for the hockey team of his native city, in which he stated six-year-old boys. And already at the age of ten he serves in the children's hockey League, where the season scored 378 goals, which is an absolute record to date.
At that time he was constantly guided by his idol, Gordie Howe, which then shone on the ice. And in his 14 years teen goes out on the ice against twenty guys and playing as well journalists call him a rising star by comparing his career with a career Howe.
Wayne Gretzky and WAA
Already at this time a young hockey player Wayne Gretzky comes into the view of trainers of various youth teams. At the age of fourteen he defends the colors of team Canada at the international tournament in Quebec, where he received the most flattering reviews.
Starting next year, Wayne Douglas Gretzky left his native city to continue his professional career. The first youth team, with which he concludes the contract, was “Greyhounds” of the province of Ontario. In it, he spends his first professional season, and at that time, it should be noted, he was only sixteen years old, and has scored seventy goals in the gate rivals. He gets to the world Junior championship in Montreal in 1978, and together with the team wins. With this talented hockey player is not only the youngest participant of the championship, but his best scorer.
Like any boy in Canada, Wayne Gretzky wants to play in the NHL. But according to the laws of this organization players must be 18 years or older, and Wayne was only 17. Therefore, the hockey player makes his first senior professional contract in the WHA.
The club, which hockey player Wayne Gretzky signed his first contract at one hundred thousand U.S. dollars, was “Indianapolis”. But this month it exchanged to another club WHA – “Edmonton”. With him a hockey player is his first season, scored 46 goals and is recognized as the best newcomer of the WHA. A year merge teams of WHA and NHL. Four WHA teams enters the League, the NHL, and among them is “Edmonton”.
The first steps in the NHL
In 1979 Edmonton and three of his fellow WHA spend their first season in the NHL. Along with the “Edmonton” first of the season and Wayne. At the end of this season, the player wins his first title of the “HART Trophy”. That is the title of the most valuable player of the NHL. The question of how many goals scored by Wayne Gretzky, got your wonderful response. Scoring this season fifty-one goals, Wayne became the youngest athlete who managed to overcome the barrier of fifty goals. At that time he was only nineteen years and two months.
The following year, Gretzky just starts churning out records. And records of Gordie Howe, which formerly seemed beyond the clouds peaks, begin to fall one after the other. In his second season, the player earns the prize “HART Trophy” and it adds the prize of “Art Ross Trophy” which is awarded to the player who scored the most goals in the system “goal pass”. Surprisingly, the coefficient for one game more than two. For all time in the NHL there were only two hockey players who had a ratio of more than two. In addition to Gretzky, this result was achieved only Mario Lemieux.
It is surprising, but hockey players are very superstitious athletes. And the number that they wear on a sweater, for many plays a significant role. As already stated above, young Wayne was a fan of talent Gordie Howe. And of course, like his idol, he wanted to have the number “9”.
In his first team “Greyhounds” young player wanted to choose this room. But unfortunately, he was busy with another player. Then he tried the number “19” and played with him some matches. And then, on the advice of the Manager, chose “99”, which was memorable for all the hockey fans.
It was a kind of talisman with which to end a career did not leave Wayne Gretzky. The number on the sweater the stars, which you can see in the photo, is now in the Museum of hockey glory in deference to the merits of a great athlete is forever enshrined behind him.
Gretzky and "Edmonton Oilers"
The history of the Gretzky and the Edmonton oilers were closely associated for ten years. It started when hockey bought “Indianapolis” in 1978 and ended in 1988, when the player was sold in the “Los Angeles kings”. All of the major achievements “Edmonton” associated with the name Gretzky. Neither before nor after this command is not achieved such athletic heights. Even more strange was the decision of the owner of the club after a ten-year period of cooperation to decide to sell hockey in Los Angeles.
This exchange got the star name of The Trade. There were fifteen millions of dollars, and two pick in the draft in the next few years. The only thing I could bargain for a hockey player, these are partners that went with him. Wayne Gretzky, whose career changed dramatically falls from a cold hockey Edmonton warm and not hockey in Los Angeles.
Winning the Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup is the prize, who wants to raise above the head of any canadian boy. And with some time most young hockey players in different parts of the earth also dream about it. Wayne was no exception to the rule. But if the majority, this dream remains a dream, Wayne Gretzky, whose biography is so full of different events, can be proud of four such outstanding moments. All the victories in the Stanley Cup are tied with the Edmonton oilers. With this team he was able to celebrate a momentous victory in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988.
The hockey was another run for the Cup, but with another team – “Los Angeles kings” – in 1991, but in the final of “kings” give the Cup to Montreal. Thus, as stated in the related to Wayne Gretzky stats, the famous hockey player participated in five finals, four of which he won.
Talking about the records of hockey players in Canada, it is impossible to not mention a man like Wayne Gretzky. His records comprise a larger number available. So, currently, according to statistics, the player belongs to a 61 record. Of these, 40 are installed in the category “regular season,” fifteen – in the nomination “the playoffs” and six in category “matches of all stars NHL”.
Most of these records in the foreseeable future will not be beaten. These are just some of them:
- The main indicator is striker the number of goals he scored. Thus, Gretzky scored 894 goals in 1487 having played matches in twenty five seasons. Coming in second place Gordie Howe, who had long finished his speech and he is no longer alive, scored 801 goal, but for this he needed 2186 games in thirty-five seasons.
- In addition, as already stated above, Gretzky in many seasons, scored more than two goals (goal assist) per game. This figure has been repeated only one player, but the last time it was twenty years ago.
Of course, hockey fans look forward to the time when at the hockey arena will be a new Wayne Gretzky, who will be able to review all installed first record (more than 60), but while Wayne may feel relatively calm – its glory and records, nobody and nothing threatens.
Ice “kings” from Los Angeles
Since 1988, over eight seasons, the hockey player played for the team from Los Angeles. If before the advent of Gretzky in this city, its inhabitants very weakly imagined what hockey is and why you need to buy tickets for the matches of his team, with the arrival of Gretzky in Los Angeles tastes of its residents has changed significantly. Thanks to the hockey player, who at that time acquired the title The Great One, which means “Great” tickets for the stadium, which was previously filled only by thirty per cent, of steel the same problem, as well as tickets to your favorite basketball team the Lakers.
International career Wayne
If we talk about the international career of a hockey player, she started quite early and very well – winning the world hockey championship among juniors. In professional hockey the success of Wayne is much more modest. Goals Wayne Gretzky continued to delight fans of team Canada, but the titles won by this team, almost was not.
So, the national team along with player three times won the Canada Cup and once won the second place. And the ice hockey world championship in Finland, she was able to win only the third place is all the successes of team Canada with Wayne Gretzky. So many hockey fans of Canada has made to a conclusion that the players do appreciate the regular season and the Stanley Cup, what an honor to defend the colors of his team. Gretzky Wayne, quotes from the interviews which are frequently quoted in the press, apparently, shared this attitude of canadian hockey players to the team meetings in the international arena.
Janet Jones - wife of Gretzky
Many hockey fans say that the family life of the Wayne along both the American and canadian standards have been very successful. At the age of twenty-three years old athlete met a young actress, his same age. The wife of Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones started acting in movies at about the same time as her future husband began to engage in professional hockey. By the time of their first meeting the girl was filmed for over a decade.
The most famous film for which it can remember not only the movie lovers but also fans of hockey, was Police Academy, fifth. And four years after the first meeting was played wedding. After marrying Wayne leaves playing hockey, and Janet continues to act in films to this day. Wedding photo of this couple you can see in our article.
From it is clearly evident that Wayne was happy. And this attitude in family life, the athlete remains today.
The children and grandchildren of Wayne
Famous hockey player was scoring not only on the ice field the NHL. Wayne Gretzky family life has also set a number of records. But the most important of them is that after the wedding, Janet and Wayne will soon pass twenty years.
This couple's five children. On the photographs in the article, you can see only three senior heirs to the stars. His first daughter was named Pauline and was born in late 1988. Eighteen months later, in mid-summer, was born on her brother tai. And two years later was born one son, Trevor. This is the part of the family, which is visible on pictures. All of these children appeared in the family of the current player.
The two younger children were born after the end of a professional career. In the summer of two thousand – Tristan. By the way, the difference between the third and fourth child is nearly eight years old. But the family of the hockey player didn't quit, and a few years later appeared the last date of child – daughter Emma.
For some time the family Gretzky led a peaceful happy family life. But things change, and in 2015 Wayne becomes a grandfather. Now, most likely, will begin a new stage of development of this happy family.
The ending of the career of the hockey player it is always sad, especially if this great athlete. After eight seasons in Los Angeles and losing the Stanley Cup finals, the team has slipped to the bottom of the table and stopped to get into the play-offs. Then Wayne asked the club to trade him to a stronger team. This exchange took place, and the hockey player moved to the “St. Louis Blues”.
Then he plays only one season in hockey. Wayne Gretzky found no understanding with either the leadership team or with their partners. It was the most successful season in the history of hockey. For him, he played eighteen games and scored just eight goals. Wayne begins searching for a new club and eventually finds it.
It would be surprising if the hockey player, is rightly called the great, managed to find himself a club where he could continue his career. This club was the “new York Rangers”, in which the athlete holds the last three in my life season in the NHL. Although great strides Wayne, these three seasons is not achieved, however, he played almost two hundred and fifty games and scored more than fifty goals. Many of his records he, or broke, or installed in these seasons.
The introduction of hockey into the hockey Hall of fame NHL
After his career Gretzky was inducted into the hockey Hall of fame. Interestingly, it has existed for many years, and here was introduced the most wonderful players, made a huge contribution to the development of the mentioned sport in Canada and abroad.
The hall is located in the city of Toronto. Usually accept players, have already ended his career. Moreover, the time period after which begins the consideration of the candidates is at least three years. Sometimes the organizers are doing for the most outstanding athletes of the exception. And all of these exceptions was ten.
Wayne Gretzky was introduced in named Hall just seven months after the end of sports career. This was done in 1999, and after almost twenty years of such an honor – an early introduction into the Hall of Fame – has received not a single hockey player. No wonder one of his friends, mark Messier, expressed the view that such great players appear on the world stage even less than one time in a thousand years.
Was formed and the so-called symbolic team of the century – Centennial All-Star Team, which included all the great players of the twentieth century. The only representative of the North American hockey included in this team was Wayne Gretzky. Of the six truly great players four represented the Soviet Union, one to Sweden and one to Canada.
Interestingly, the attacking line looked like this: the center of the attack – Wayne Gretzky extreme hitters Makarov and Kharlamov. Protection organized Fetisov and Salming, and the gate was defended by the famous Tretiak. This team, according to hockey experts, reflect the greatness of hockey for a century.
Modern life and business of Gretzky
Although Gretzky ceased to be a current professional hockey player, however he broke up with hockey. And probably impossible, if you stand on the skates with four years over twenty five years of professional playing hockey and called the great in a moment to get out of his life.
Just a year after the end of the professional career, Wayne became a co-owner of one of the NHL clubs, called the “Phoenix coyotes” and for nine years involved in the life of this club. In the past four years, Gretzky was his coach. So he tried all of the specialty hockey out on the ice. And in 2002 he was invited by General Manager of team Canada hockey at the Olympic winter games in salt lake city, where the team was victorious.
But Gretzky has a lot of talent outside of sports. Not only is he a happy family man, but also a successful businessman. Perhaps the popularity he possesses, not only in Canada but around the world, helping him and his family to own the restaurant. And many visitors, being near this place, love to visit it just because they owned the famous Wayne Gretzky, whose biography is known to many. Also available in a men's clothing line under his brand.
Thus, Gretzky became great not only because of really good hockey, but because it was able to change the image of the NHL, which to him were usually provided big guy with broken tooth washer. Currently the NHL symbolizes open smile Gretzky and the canadian hockey thanks to the great striker acquired a human face.