Wayne Gretzky

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class by Jacob N.

Gretzky raising the Stanley Cup.

Wayne Gretzky was born on January 26, 1961 in Brantford, Canada.

Significant Events

September 11, 2001

Boston Marathon Bombing

First African American President

Gulf War

Gretzky's Childhood

When Gretzky was born on January 26, 1961. Wayne was the oldest of 5 kids. He named his backyard hockey rink after his dad, the rinks name was "Wally Colisseum". At first Gretzky said he was the happiest kid in Canada. Gretzky skated in the morning before school. He skated after school until his mother called him in for dinner. He ate in his skates and then headed back out until bedtime. On weekends his friends would gather for games at Wally Colisseum. Wayne developed his skating skills by weaving in and out of an obstacle course made of empty detergent bottles. Wayne's two favorite things were family and hockey.  He also played baseball and lacrosse. When Wayne was 14 years old he was given the chance to play Junior B hockey in Toronto. He was playing against 21 years old.

People Who Influenced Gretzky's Life

Walter Gretzky(Dad)- Walter gave Wayne a lot of good advice but the easiest reason you can tell that Walter is a role model for Wayne is that he named his backyard rink after him.

Gordie Howe(Role Model and Friend)- gave Wayne a lot of good advice.

Jean Beliveau(Role Model and Friend)- gave Wayne a lot of good advice

Unique facts...

He won at least 1 award in all of his 22 seasons except 1(1994-95).

He won his first Stanley cup in 1984.

In the 1981-82 season he scored 50 goals in 39 games.                                    

He married Janet Jones(Actor) on national television.

He started skating when he was 2 years old.

He also played lacrosse and baseball.

He called his outdoor rink the" Wally Coliseum".

When he was 14 years old he was playing against 21 year olds.


1972-Scores 378 goals in 69 novice games, earning his nickname "The Great One". During that year he also meets Gordie Howe.

1977- Begins wearing #99.

1980-Wins first of 9 Hart trophies.

1981- Scores 50 goals in 39 games.

1984- Wins first Stanley cup with Oilers.

1988-Traded to Los Angeles Kings.

1989- Becomes NHL's all-time points leader, breaking Gordie Howe's record.

1994-Becomes NHL's top goal scoring leader.

1996- Traded to St. Louis Blues and then signs with New York Rangers.

The theme of his life is...

Persistence pays off is the theme of Wayne Gretzky's theme of life.

Wayne Gretzky taught me to find something that I can do better and then try my best to get better at that.

Words of advice

A good hockey player goes where the puck is. A great player goes where the puck is going to be.

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of all diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

Wayne had a bigger effect on the sport then I had ever thought. He helped show North America how amazing hockey was and is. He still is involved in the NHL today by working on seeing how they can make the sport better.

Work Cited

ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

Santella, Andrew. Wayne Gretzky: The Great One. New York: F. Watts, 1998. Print.

Terence. "Top Five U.S. Events of the Last 40 Years." Smithsonian. N.p., 5 May 15. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

"The Wayne Gretzky Show Tribute Video." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2015.

"Top 10 Wayne Gretzky Moments." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

"Wayne Gretzky Scores 802nd Goal." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2015.

"Wayne Gretzky's Last Game." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Excellent Tackk, Jacob! I wonder why you chose to do your biography on him? 😉