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 ny, all hockey lovers agree that Wayne Gretzky used to be the simplest hockey participant of all time. His element totals, his puck regulate, and the style during 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 conversing approximately his documents and achievements: 50 objectives in precisely 39 video games, nine Hart Trophies, 10 paintings Ross Trophies, four Stanley Cups, 215 issues in one season, and, after all, retiring with 2856 issues. every one checklist is a outstanding success through the game's such a lot amazing participant, and every should be damaged down during this booklet.
     released with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written together with his cooperation, this is often the Gretzky biography that his enthusiasts 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 pronounced on each point of his expert profession. the 2 have spent millions of hours conversing concerning the video game and such information as Wayne's stream to L.A., handling the 2002 Canadian Olympic workforce 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 booklet Strachan takes readers on a so much impressive trip and information the lifetime of Wayne Gretzky love it hasn't ever been informed.

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Sure enough, they did. There wasn’t one person in the whole building who knew it, but he did. I got the sense that he knew where all his friends were sitting in the building as well. ” Gretzky’s good friend and longtime teammate Paul Coffey had no doubt Keenan’s recollection was accurate. “I saw him do that umpteen times during games with Edmonton,” he said long after both of them had retired. ’ “He’d be going down the ice with the puck, yelling, ‘Too many men on the ice. ’ ” That was the factual part.

There are still some leftovers that simply wouldn’t fit, but I feel safe in saying that this book contains thousands of pieces of information about Wayne Gretzky that you didn’t know and an equal number of his quotes that you have never heard before. There are even some that he says he had forgotten about. CHAPTER ONE More than a decade after Wayne Gretzky’s 1999 retirement as an active player, there is still a gaping hole in hockey. The National Hockey League continues to feature skilled players, and there are even those—Sidney Crosby comes to mind—who may eventually do as much for the game as Gretzky did over the years.

It’s the right decision. This is the right time. ” And although he would never say it on the record, there’s no doubt that he wasn’t terribly happy about winding down his career playing for a team that couldn’t capitalize on his remaining skills. During the season, the Rangers had tried to acquire Pavel Bure but couldn’t pull off the deal. Had they done so, Gretzky would almost certainly have played another year. There were even times when his natural ebullience had seemed to be fading, something that had never happened in his younger days.

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