By Al Strachan
No matter if donning his Edmonton oil-drop, the black and silver shades of L.A., or the recognized Rangers sweater from big apple, 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 within which he carried out himself either off and on the ice mirrored some of the best of the sport.
you cannot discuss Gretzky with out speaking approximately his documents and achievements: 50 objectives in exactly 39 video games, nine Hart Trophies, 10 artwork Ross Trophies, four Stanley Cups, 215 issues in one season, and, in fact, retiring with 2856 issues. each one checklist is a extraordinary success by way of the game's so much outstanding participant, and every can be damaged down during this e-book.
released with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written along with his cooperation, this can be the Gretzky biography that his enthusiasts 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 mentioned on each point of his specialist occupation. the 2 have spent hundreds of thousands of hours speaking concerning the video game and such information as Wayne's circulation to L.A., coping with the 2002 Canadian Olympic staff 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 publication Strachan takes readers on a such a lot outstanding trip and information the lifetime of Wayne Gretzky love it hasn't ever been instructed.
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3. Hockey coaches – Canada – Biography. I. Title. II. Title: Ninety-nine, his game, his story. 1 For the lovely Vivienne CONTENTS Cover Other Books by This Author Title Page Copyright Dedication Foreword Preface Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Photo Insert 1 Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty-one Chapter Twenty-two Chapter Twenty-three Chapter Twenty-four Chapter Twenty-five Photo Insert 2 Chapter Twenty-six Chapter Twenty-seven Chapter Twenty-eight Chapter Twenty-nine Acknowledgements Photographic Credits FOREWORD By Roy MacGregor “Come on!
Up to this point, I’ve been pretty calm. I’ve been encouraging people to smile and to be upbeat, people around me, my teammates. ” In essence, the decision to retire was a gut reaction. He always had an uncanny ability to sense the moment on the ice, and with that same prescience, he sensed that this was the moment to end his career. We will never know if he was right or wrong. We will never know if he could have come back with the Rangers or another team the following season, had a 100-point season and won a Stanley Cup.
I was good when I woke up,” Gretzky said. “I was fine. But in the room, after the practice, Brian Leetch gave a great speech. It was pretty emotional. I was overwhelmed. ” “Caved” was a euphemism for saying the battle to hold back the tears was finally lost. ” When he returned, his teammates presented him with a “Steinbrenner chair”—a large overstuffed leather armchair in the shape of a baseball glove. (There had been a good deal of publicity in New York when Yankees owner George Steinbrenner had got such a chair, and Gretzky had mentioned he would like one.
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