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Wayne Gretzky

Biography

Four-time Stanley Glass Champ who tallied more than 200 factors in four split seasons and broke countless information in his 20-year career. He’s widely considered the best hockey player ever, gaining the nickname THE FANTASTIC One. The rink in his backyard, which he honed his build on, was known as the Wally Coliseum. He gained the girl Byng Trophy five situations, broke six All-Star information, and appeared down on fighting over the glaciers. He married celebrity Janet Jones in 1988. His oldest little girl Paulina became a model and he also offers a daughter called Emma and three sons called Tristan, Trevor and Ty. While with Edmonton, he spearheaded a few of the most prominent groups in NHL background, playing alongside famous brands Mark Messier, Offer Fuhr, Glenn Anderson, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey.

Quick Facts


Full Name Wayne Gretzky
Date Of Birth January 26, 1961
Place Of Birth Brantford, Canada
Height 1.83 m
Weight 84 kg
Profession Hockey Player
Nationality Canadian, American
Spouse Janet Jones
Children Paulina Gretzky, Emma Gretzky, Tristan Gretzky, Trevor Gretzky, Ty Gretzky
Parents Walter Gretzky, Phyllis Hockin
Siblings Brent Gretzky, Keith Gretzky, Glen Gretzky, Kim Gretzky
Awards Hart Memorial Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, NHL Plus-Minus Award, Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
Movies NHL: All Access!, King's Ransom, NHL Greatest Moments
TV Shows ProStars
Star Sign Aquarius

  • Facts
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  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 Grandson Tatum Gretzky Johnson born on January 19, 2015 to daughter Paulina and pro golfer Dustin Johnson.
2 After Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry drafted Trevor Gretzky in the 7th round of the MLB draft, Gretzky personally negotiated Trevor's contract with Hendry. Trevor signed for $375,000. (July 18, 2011).
3 President and part owner of Phoenix Coyotes
4 Named head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes on August 8, 2005, the first time Gretzky coached hockey at any level. He resigned in September 2009 with a 143-161-24 record and zero playoff games.
5 He is of Polish, Belarusian, and Ukrainian descent on his father's side, and has English ancestry on his mother's side.
6 Fellow hockey legend Mark Messier is the godfather of his daughter, Paulina Gretzky.
7 One of his favorite positions on the ice was to take the puck to the back of an opponent's goal and try to set up teammates for a goal.
8 Portrayed by Kris Holden-Ried in Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story (2005).
9 Was a part-owner of the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL with McNall and John Candy. The group signed Raghib Ismail on the first day of the 1991 NFL draft, where he was projected the #1 overall pick.
10 He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on June 25, 1984 for his services to sports.
11 In 1984, when the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup, he was asked to do the "I'm Going To Disneyland", bit for a commercial. He respectfully declined, because he didn't want it to interfere with the moment of winning the Stanley Cup for the first time.
12 In 1990, the year the Edmonton Oilers won the Stanley Cup, the CBC wanted Gretzky to appear as a reporter for Hockey Night in Canada, should the Oilers win the Stanley Cup (the first time without him), but he respectfully declined, not wanting to interfere with the Oilers' victory.
13 Sport Illustrated writer and author Rick Riley felt that writing Gretzky's biography back in 1990 was a difficult task, because Gretzky is so humble, he won't talk too much about himself.
14 Returned to Edmonton in 1989 to attend the unveiling of a statue of him hoisting the Stanley Cup, now at the entrance of Skyreach Centre. At the ceremony, former owner Peter Pocklington gave Gretzky's then-infant daughter Paulina a $25,000 savings bond. He later blasted Pocklington in his 1990 autobiography as being "a cheapskate."
15 Loves to wear white suit/sport jackets, but will no longer wear them, due to the jackets being ruined from Sharpie pen marks applied accidentally by fans while signing autographs.
16 Gretzky's trade to the Los Angeles Kings caused such a stir in Canada, Canadian Parliment tried to declare Gretzky as a national treasure, wanted the trade declared null and void. In addition, Parliment talked about buying Gretzky's contract, so it could be sold to a Canadian based team
17 Has more assists (1,963) than any other NHL player has total points (goals plus assists).
18 Has dual Canadian/American citizenship.
19 Inducted into the Hockey Hockey Hall of Fame, bypassing the 3-year waiting period. Following Gretzky's induction, the Hall announced the waiting period would not be waived for any future players. (November 22, 1999).
20 One-time owner with Bruce McNall of the Honus Wagner baseball card, the world's most expensive sports card. Only 50 in existence, each is valued at almost a half-million dollars.
21 Baroque comic opera "The Loves of Wayne Gretzky" by composer Brad Walton debuted in Toronto. In it, Gretzky leaves his wife for Mario Lemieux (February 1994).
22 Did a series of TV ads for Sharp Viewcam Camcorder with son Ty.
23 Print/Radio/TV ads for Power Automotive Group of Southern California debut. Gretzky is also the pitchman for Ford of Canada (May 2003).
24 The Wayne Gretzky International Award is presented annually by the United States Hockey Hall of Fame to "an international citizen who has been deemed to have made a major contribution to the growth and advancement of American hockey."
25 Famous for talking about himself in the third person.
26 Played for the Edmonton Oilers (1978-1988), the Los Angeles Kings (1988-1996), the St. Louis Blues (1996), and the New York Rangers (1996-1999).
27 The statue of Gretzky at the entrance of Skyreach Centre, home arena of the Edmonton Oilers, temporarily had a sign hanging from it that read "U$ Lackey" in protest of his comments supporting George W. Bush in the war against Iraq. (25 March 2003)
28 Art Ross Trophy (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1994). Conn Smythe Trophy (1985, 1988). First All-Star Team (1984). First All-Star Team Centre (1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991). Hart Memorial Trophy (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990). Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1980, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999). Lester B. Pearson Award (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987). Lester Patrick Trophy (1994). Second All-Star Team Centre (1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1998).
29 Godfather to Jari Kurri's twin sons Ville and Joonas.
30 Contrary to his image for gentlemanly play, Gretzky was ejected 11 times in his NHL career for unsportsmanlike conduct.
31 Wayne has agreed in principle to head the Canadian Olympic hockey team for 2006 in Italy if NHL hockey player are involved.
32 Sold custom-built Georgian-style estate in Thousand Oaks, CA in 2005 to Lenny Dykstra. It was sold at auction in 2010 after Dykstra lost it in foreclosure. It sold again 2013 in for $9,500,000, $5,495,000 less than asking.
33 Was told by Michael Jordan that retirement was "heavenly." Soon afterward, Jordan returned to the NBA.
34 Owns homes in Toronto, Westlake Village, CA, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho (which features two water slides), and Vancouver.
35 Accompanied Queen Elizabeth II to an NHL pre-season game on October 6th 2002 in Vancouver, Canada.
36 Reportedly saving the stick he used to break Gordie Howe's NHL career points record on 15 October 1989 against his old team, the Edmonton Oilers, for his son, Ty.
37 On the cover of Cigar Aficionado magazine with his wife, Janet Jones. [February 1997]
38 While in Edmonton, he began to turn himself into a brand name, endorsing everything from soft drinks and blue jeans to his own wallpaper, pillow cases, hockey games, breakfast cereals and a Mattel "Great Gretzky" doll. "Forbes" magazine estimated that between 1990 and 1998, Gretzky earned $93.8 million from hockey and endorsements.
39 After his retirement, he became the spokesperson for Tylenol Arthritis Formula, even though he doesn't actually have osteoarthritis.
40 (August 9, 1988) In a move that forever changed the dynamics of the NHL, Gretzky, Marty McSorley, and Mike Krushelnyski were sold to the Los Angeles Kings for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million cash, and the Kings' three first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991, and 1993. Gretzky and Carson later played together in Los Angeles (1992-1993, 1993-1994).
41 In 1980, hit .492 for hometown Brantford CKPC Braves senior league baseball team, attracting the attention of the Toronto Blue Jays, who offered him a tryout. He declined.
42 (February 25, 1991) Bought the CFL Toronto Argonauts with Bruce McNall and John Candy.
43 Proposed to wife Janet over the phone.
44 (October 2, 1998) Launched his own line of menswear, The Wayne Gretzky Collection, carried by Canadian department store chain The Bay, with prices from $85.00 to $300.00.
45 Eldest of five children.
46 It was believed that he engineered his 1988 trade to the L.A. Kings to help Janet's career. According to the program "Kings Ransom", this was not true. Ironically, he broke up with live-in girlfriend, singer Vicki Moss, because she wouldn't give up her career. Moss was involved briefly with Gretzky's friend, David Foster.
47 First child, Paulina, was born 5 months and 2 days after his wedding.
48 (February 18, 2002) Gretzky, executive director of the Men's Canadian Olympic Team, lashed out at a bizarre and impromptu press conference, saying everyone hated Canada and blamed the team's 1-1-1 start on "American propaganda.".
49 (February 24, 2002) The Men's Canadian Olympic Team won the Olympic gold medal, beating the United States 5-2. Canada's victory came 50 years to the day the Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys won the nation's last gold at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games.
50 Unsuccessfully attempted to get the number 99 copyrighted, but did succeed in getting the address of his Toronto eatery changed to "99 Blue Jay Way."
51 Smokes cigars.
52 His front teeth were knocked out in a hockey game when he was 10.
53 "Wrote" a daily "journal" syndicated throughout Canada's newspapers detailing his thoughts and feelings about his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame as that day neared.
54 Has "written"/authorized at least 4 books about himself.
55 All 5 of his kids were born at Ceders-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
56 His wedding to Janet Jones was broadcast live throughout Canada. It even included uniformed "guards" from the Fire Department on the church steps. The Archdiocese of Edmonton was criticized for allowing St. Joseph's Basilica to hold the ceremony because neither Gretzky or Jones is Catholic. The wedding reportedly cost Gretzky over $1,000,000; Janet's dress alone cost $40,000. The reception was hosted by Alan Thicke.
57 Widely considered as the best ice hockey player ever.
58 Father of Tristan Gretzky, Trevor Gretzky, Ty Gretzky, Paulina Gretzky, and Emma Gretzky. Older brother of Glen Gretzky, and Brent Gretzky. Son of Walter Gretzky and Phyllis Gretzky.
59 Member of the 1998 Canadian olympic hockey team.
60 Currently holds 61 NHL records.
61 Owns a restaurant called "Wayne Gretzky's" at 99 Blue Jays Way in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Garden's Defining Moments 2015 TV Mini-Series
Robotropolis 2011 Additional Soccer Players
The Young and the Restless 1981 TV Series Wayne

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ultimate Gretzky 2003 Video documentary executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stanley's Game Seven 3D 2012 Short special thanks
The Human Hambone 2005 Documentary special thanks
As Long as He Lives 1998 Short dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
California Golden Seals Story 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Conan 2014-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Breakfast Television 2016 TV Series Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Himself
CTV National News 2016 TV Series Himself
Undeniable with Joe Buck 2015 TV Series Himself
Best of the WHA Hall of Fame 2015 Video documentary Himself
Voice of the King 2014 Documentary Himself
Bystander Revolution 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Mike & Mike 2014 TV Series Himself - Hockey Hall of Famer
Iron Mike: The Mike Keenan Story 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Unusually Thicke 2014 TV Series Himself
The American Cinematheque Tribute to Jerry Bruckheimer 2013 TV Movie Himself
NHL 14 2013 Video Game Himself
John Candy: True Double Blue 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
CollegeHumor Originals 2011 TV Series Himself
Remembering the WHA 2010 Video Himself
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Ceremonies, Behind the Scenes 2010 Documentary short Himself
Vancouver 2010: XXI Olympic Winter Games 2010 TV Mini-Series Himself
Canada for Haiti 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself
Athletes in Motion: Hockey T'Nite 2010 Short Himself
30 for 30 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
NHL: New York Islanders 10 Greatest Games 2009 Himself
Gretzky, Indy & the W.H.A. 2009 Video documentary Himself
Sidney Crosby: On the Ice and Beyond 2008 Video documentary Himself
Pond Hockey 2008 Documentary Himself
NHL: Edmonton Oilers - 10 Greatest Games 2008 Himself
Sports Unfiltered with Dennis Miller 2007 TV Series Himself
2006 NHL Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
Tiger at 30 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Costas Now 2005 TV Series Himself
Hockey Night in Canada 2005 TV Series Himself
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith 2005 TV Series Himself
TSN Hockey 2005 TV Series Himself
ESPN 25: Who's #1? 2004-2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Life and Times 2001-2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Tiger: The Authorised DVD Collection 2004 Video documentary Himself
It's Our Game: Team Canada's Victory at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey 2004 Video documentary Himself
Christmas in Kabul 2003 TV Movie Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2003 TV Series Himself
Ultimate Gretzky 2003 Video documentary Himself
Salt Lake 2002: Stories of Olympic Glory 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2000-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Gold Rush 2002 2002 Video documentary Team Canada Executive Director / General Manager
NHL: All-Access! 2001 Video documentary Himself
ESPY Awards 2000 TV Special
Lord Stanley's Cup: Hockey's Ultimate Prize 2000 Video documentary Himself
In Action 2000 Documentary Himself
NHL 2000: A Millenium of Memories 2000 Video documentary Himself
Train to Win 1999 Video Himself
At First Sight 1999 Himself (uncredited)
The 18th Olympic Winter Games 1998 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1998 TV Series Himself
All-Star Hockey, Vol. 2: Winning Techniques 1998 Video Himself
Nagano 1998: XVIII Olympic Winter Games 1998 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998 TV Series Himself
Howard Stern 1996-1997 TV Series Himself
NHL Power Players: All-Stars of the Game 1997 Video Himself
Gretzky: The Great One and the Next Ones 1997 Video Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1996 TV Series Himself
All-Star Hockey 1995 Video Himself
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
A Night to Die for 1995 TV Short documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-1995 TV Series Himself
Ice & Asphalt: The World of Hockey 1995 Video Himself
Good Morning America 1994 TV Series Himself
D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994 Himself
The Passion Returns: The 1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs 1993 TV Special Himself
Power Plays 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
The Magic of David Copperfield XV: Fires of Passion 1993 TV Movie Himself - Special Guest
ProStars 1991 TV Series Himself (1991)
Victory & Valor: Special Olympics World Games 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Voices that Care 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Wayne Gretzky: Above and Beyond 1990 Video documentary Himself
Flames 88-89 1989 Video documentary Edmonton Oilers / Los Angeles Kings Center
The Boys Are Back 1989 Video documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live 1989 TV Series Himself - Host
Late Night with David Letterman 1986-1989 TV Series Himself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
U.S.A. Today: The Television Series 1988 TV Series Himself
The Boys on the Bus 1987 Video documentary Himself
Wayne Gretzky: Hockey My Way 1986 Video Himself
1986 NHL All-Star Game 1986 TV Special Himself - Center, Campbell Conference
1984 NHL All-Star Game 1984 TV Special Himself - Campbell Conference Center
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
30 for 30 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Oil Change 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live Sports Extra '09 2009 TV Special Chad (uncredited)
La Coupe Stanley 2008 TV Movie documentary Lui-même
E! True Hollywood Story 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Fearless 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The Greatest Canadian 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary
I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The NHL's Masked Men: The Last Line of Defense 1998 Video documentary Himself
Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition 1992 Video Himself (uncredited)

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#Quote
1 I had the greatest financial adviser in the world - my dad..I'm not a flamboyant guy who needs to have a lot of cars or buy a lot of things to make myself feel good.
2 A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great player plays where the puck is going to be.
3 The biggest difference between L.A. and Edmonton was that instead of people looking at me I was looking at them.
4 "My dad told me today that I ran out an 800-goal scorer out of hockey" (On Brett Hull's retirement)
5 On his support for the 2010 winter olympics in Vancouver: "I'm just going to try and tell them how great Canada is and tell them it's the right city and the right country for the Winter Olympics."
6 You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
7 Most people marry their mother. I married my father.
8 Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.

#Trademark
1 Number 99
2 Always tucked the right corner of his jersey into his pants

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