See Article History Alternative Titles: Gretzky began skating at age two and a half and was first taught hockey by his father.
By age two, Wayne was trying to score goals against Mary using a souvenir stick. Gretzky continued doing so throughout his NHL career. The Gretzkys had to legally challenge the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to win Wayne the right to play elsewhere, which was disallowed at the time.
With the third pick, the Sault Ste. Mariea northern Ontario city that inflicts a heavy travelling schedule on its junior team. The Gretzkys made an arrangement with a local family they knew and Wayne played a season in the Ontario Hockey League at age 16 with the Greyhounds.
Birmingham Bulls owner John F. 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.
He also knew that the Racers could not hope to be included among those teams, and 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.
Skalbania told Gretzky he would be moved, offering him a choice between the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets. On the advice of his agent, Gretzky picked the Oilers, but the move was not that simple. On November 2, Gretzky, goaltender Eddie Mio and forward Peter Driscoll were put on a private plane, not knowing where they would land and what team they would be joining.
Skalbania offered to play a game of backgammon with Winnipeg owner Michael Gobuty, the stakes being if Gobuty won, he would get Gretzky and if he lost, he had to give Skalbania a share of the Jets. Gobuty turned down the proposal and the players landed in Edmonton. The Oilers kept Gretzky on their roster, making him a "priority selection".
Sculpted by John Weaver. His 50th goal of the season came on December 30,in the final seconds of a 7—5 win against the Philadelphia Flyers and was his fifth of the game. The same success was not immediate when they joined the NHL, but within four seasons, the Oilers were competing for the Stanley Cup.
Gretzky was its captain from to Inthey made it to the Stanley Cup Finalonly to be swept by the three-time defending champion New York Islanders. The effect of calling offsetting penalties was felt immediately in the NHL, because during the early s, when the Gretzky-era Oilers entered a four-on-four or three-on-three situation with an opponent, they frequently used the space on the ice to score one or more goals.
The rule change became known as the "Gretzky rule". Gretzky made his opponents compete with five players, not one, and he made his teammates full partners to the game.
He made them skate to his level and pass and finish up to his level or they would be embarrassed. Dryden wrote in his book The Game"In the past, defenders and teams had learned to devise strategies to stop opponents with the puck.
To stop them without it, that was interference. But now, if players without the puck skated just as hard as those with it, but faster, and dodged and darted to open ice just as determinedly, but more effectively, how did you shut them down?
No Canadian kid wanted to play like Makarov or Larionov. They all wanted to play like Gretzky. People think that to be a good player you have to pick the puck up, deke around ninety-three guys and take this ungodly slap shot.
Let the puck do all the moving and you get yourself in the right place. Just move the puck: The hardest work he does is getting open. The jumpshot is cake. Chicago coach Mike Keenan said it best: According to Walter, Wayne was being "shopped" to Los Angeles, Detroit, and Vancouver, and Pocklington needed money as his other business ventures were not doing well.
Both McNall and Pocklington quickly agreed.Browse notable hockey players such as Jim Thorpe, Sidney Crosby, and Wayne Gretzky. Watch video · Hockey player and NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, in He started skating at age 2 and by the age of 6 was regularly playing with older boys.
Watch video · Hockey player and NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, in He started skating at age 2 and by the age of 6 was regularly playing with older boys.
Wayne Gretzky, known by hockey fans simply as The Great One became the first player to win the Hart Trophy for eight years in a row and beat hockey legend Wayne Gretzky biography, birth date, birth place and pictures.
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 "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated. The Canadian Press also named Gretzky Newsmaker of the Year in Wayne Gretzky was born on January 26, , in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, of Russian and Polish descent.
He was the first of five children born to Walter and Phyllis Gretzky. His father had hoped himself to become a hockey player but .