Hockey Hall of Famer, Wayne Gretzky is a former legendary hockey player who has been described as the greatest player ever in the history of hockey. He was associated with many teams in the National Hockey League and ended his playing career after 20 NHL seasons. During his career, he attained startling records such as the Leading Scorer in the annals of National Hockey League, Youngest Player to score 50 goals in a season of which he achieved at the age of 19, Only Player to reach 3000 career points with regular season and playoffs combined, Fastest and Youngest Player to achieve 2800 points in 1422 games at the age of 38, and many others.
Following his record-breaking career achievements, Gretzky has received many honors, titles, and accolades such as Horatio Alger Award, 8-time All-National Hockey League First Team, Hockey Player of the Century by Sports Illustrated, Office of the Order of Canada and several others.
Wayne Gretzky Biography (Age)
The former hockey star was born into the family of Walter Gretzky and Phyllis Leone in Brantford Ontario on the 26th of January 1961. His father who also was an ex-hockey player played a predominant role in the phenomenal success of his son as he coached his hockey-loving son continuously from a tender age. He built him a backyard rink and helped to teach him profound insights on how to play hockey successfully by devising creative exercises and drills. Gretzky has four siblings, a sister named Kim and his brothers, Keith, Glen, and Brent.
Wayne Gretzky kick-started his hockey playing career at the age of six as he was associated with his hometown team, the Brantford Nadrofsky Steelers. He later played in the Metro Junior B Hockey League for the Toronto Nationals and during that time, he had already started attracting attention with his extraordinary performances and style of play.
In 1978, he began playing in the World Hockey Association League for the Indianapolis Racers before switching to Edmonton Oilers. When the World Hockey Association folded up in 1979, the Edmonton Oilers was added to the National Hockey League teams. Gretzky continued to set milestone records with his team as he was named Sportsman of the Year and was also rated as the Male Athlete of the Year in 1982. He also helped his team to claim four Stanley Cup championships.
Gretzky also represented his country, Canada in numerous sports events including the World Junior Championships in Montreal where his team claimed the bronze medal, and the 1982 Finland World Championship. Following his immense contributions to his country, Gretzky was bestowed with a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and was rated as number 1 Canadian Athlete of the Century.
The former ace player ended his career on 18th April 1999 at New York Rangers. Upon his retirement, he set astounding records as he holds the record for most career regular-season goals (894), points (2,857), assists (1,963) and hat-tricks (50). Following his stunning career achievements, Wayne Gretzky was inaugurated into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.
After his retirement, the iconic ex-player became a co-owner of the National Hockey League team, Phoenix Coyotes and was later made their head coach, but eventually retired from his position as he handed over his part of ownership as a result of the team’s financial crisis. He serves as the vice president of Oilers Entertainment Group. Wayne Gretzky has also penned down many books including the Canadian best selling book, 99: Stories of the Game, together with Kirstie McLellan Day.
The iconic ex-hockey player was rated in 1995 among the five highest-paid athletes following his endorsement deals with companies like Sharp Corporation, Domino’s Pizza, among others. Aside from amassing enormous wealth from his career, Wayne Gretzky has also established multiple business ventures and with all his successful endeavors, his net worth is estimated at $200 million.
Wayne Gretzky’s Family – His Wife and Daughter
Gretzky first came in contact with his now wife, Janet Jones while serving as a judge on the 1984 show, Dance Fever Competition. They later got acquainted when they met again at a basketball game, and in July 1988, the pair tied the knot at St. Joseph’s Basilica. In that same year, the couple welcomed their daughter, Paulina Gretzky. Later in 1990, TY Robert was born while Trevor Douglas, Tristan Wayne, and Emma Marie were born in 1992, 2000 and 2003 respectively.
Gretzky’s wife, Janet is a renowned actress and a professional dancer while his daughter, Paulina is a model who has also dabbled in acting and music. She is the partner of the famous golfer, Dustin Johnson and they have two sons together, namely Tatum Gretzky and River Jones Johnson.