By Al Strachan
No matter if donning his Edmonton oil-drop, the black and silver shades of L.A., or the well-known Rangers sweater from long island, all hockey enthusiasts agree that Wayne Gretzky was once the simplest hockey participant of all time. His element totals, his puck regulate, and the way during which he carried out himself either off and on the ice mirrored the superior of the sport.
you cannot speak about Gretzky with out conversing approximately his documents and achievements: 50 pursuits in precisely 39 video games, nine Hart Trophies, 10 paintings Ross Trophies, four Stanley Cups, 215 issues in one season, and, in fact, retiring with 2856 issues. each one list is a impressive fulfillment through the game's so much extraordinary participant, and every might be damaged down during this ebook.
released with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written along with his cooperation, this is often the Gretzky biography that his fanatics have so anxiously awaited. Veteran activities journalist Al Strachan has loved an exceptionally shut friendship with Gretzky for good over 25 years, and through this time Strachan has said on each element of his specialist occupation. the 2 have spent hundreds of thousands of hours conversing concerning the video game and such info as Wayne's circulate to L.A., handling the 2002 Canadian Olympic staff and training in Phoenix. Their shut friendship has provided every one guy the chance to debate the sport that they either love, and during this publication Strachan takes readers on a such a lot striking trip and info the lifetime of Wayne Gretzky love it hasn't ever been advised.
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He said he hoped I understood, but it was his job to make sure that only welcome visitors are allowed in, and he intended to do his job. “I’m sorry, sir,” he said, “I can’t let you in until Mr. Gretzky calls. I might do it for some people, but Mr. ” Throughout his career, Gretzky gave away approximately seven hundred sticks a year, which he paid for himself. He signed approximately two hundred autographs a day. His large dining-room table is usually covered with all kinds of memorabilia that fans, his personal assistant, his father, Walter, charities and so on have sent for him to sign.
Similarly, the players will either increase or decrease their level of cooperation as they get to know the people with whom they are dealing. A couple of factors led to my becoming friends with Wayne Gretzky. One was that both James Christie and I were covering the tournament for the Globe and Mail. We were both about the same height. We were both overweight and we both had moustaches. Jim’s was a bit more luxuriant than mine, but whose wasn’t? ” I pointed out the error of his ways and we laughed about it.
The travelling band included various wives and girlfriends and several of the players took along their fathers, including the incomparable Walter Gretzky. Sergei Fedorov, perhaps because his father wasn’t available, brought along a stripper. This was my first real encounter with Gretzky and the friendship that began on that trip eventually became a “partnership” after his retirement in 1999. The National Post had started up just the year before and, wanting to make a big splash in sports, arranged for Wayne to write a weekly column for them.