By Al Strachan
No matter if donning his Edmonton oil-drop, the black and silver colors of L.A., or the well-known Rangers sweater from manhattan, all hockey enthusiasts agree that Wayne Gretzky was once the simplest hockey participant of all time. His element totals, his puck keep an eye on, and the way within which he carried out himself either off and on the ice mirrored some of the best of the sport.
you cannot speak about Gretzky with out speaking approximately his files 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 checklist is a extraordinary fulfillment through the game's such a lot amazing participant, and every should be damaged down during this e-book.
released with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written along with his cooperation, this is often the Gretzky biography that his lovers have so anxiously awaited. Veteran activities journalist Al Strachan has loved a really shut friendship with Gretzky for good over 25 years, and through this time Strachan has stated on each element of his expert occupation. the 2 have spent millions of hours conversing in regards to the video game and such info as Wayne's stream to L.A., dealing with the 2002 Canadian Olympic crew and training in Phoenix. Their shut friendship has provided each one guy the chance to debate the sport that they either love, and during this ebook Strachan takes readers on a so much striking trip and information the lifetime of Wayne Gretzky love it hasn't ever been advised.
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It had a two-tier bench, the rear one about four feet higher than the front one. ” “Nothing,” said Semenko. ” Because Gretzky was so often double-shifted, he had never been on the upper bench. His greatest goal, he thought, was the one he scored to win an overtime game against the Calgary Flames in the 1988 playoffs, a few weeks before Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington sold him to the Kings. But the greatest goal didn’t come in what he considers to be his greatest game. In his greatest game, he didn’t score at all.
Because we had come to know each other, he made sure that he read my columns and he liked what he saw, not only in what I wrote about him but also in what I wrote about hockey. Not long after the 1981 tournament, we were on a long charter flight together for some reason. He came and sat beside me for what I initially assumed was just a brief courtesy visit. But he stayed for the entire flight and it transpired that we agreed not only about hockey, but about many other things in life as well. A firm friendship was formed.
Gretzky bought the seventy tickets and donated them to an orphanage. That information came from team owner Bruce McNall. Gretzky never mentioned it. During the late stages of his playing career, Gretzky lived in a gated community just north of Los Angeles. One day when I arrived for a pre-arranged meeting, the guard at the massive electronic gate was unfailingly polite but firm. He explained that he would be glad to admit me as soon as he had called Gretzky and obtained clearance. 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.