The Great One-Wayne Gretzky
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Greetings here from Glen Allen, VA .My name is Ian Hall. I am a sixth grade student going to Holman Middle School in Mr. McCormack's class. Wayne Gretzky is probably the most inspiring hockey player in the world. He made me want to start playing hockey and he still inspires me to play. I play defense on the Richmond Generals.
Wayne Gretzky was born January 26, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. As a little boy he started skating on his backyard ice rink. Early on, he had to play against bigger and older kids, since he was so advanced.He could not play with kids his own age because other parents started complaining about him being so good. They eventually moved him to a higher level of hockey.His favorite place to be was behind the net, where he could see everything going on on the ice and where he had lots of time to think of what he would do next with the puck (a puck is what you have to score just like a soccer ball but looks like a flat biscuit).
In the Pros
Gretzky never attended college, he went straight to the WHL (Western Hockey League) then was drafted to the NHL (National Hockey League)(NHL is the highest level of hockey).Gretzky played his first ever NHL season in 1979-80 at 19 years old, for the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers later became a championship machine. Having Gretzky leading the way, the Edmonton Oilers became Stanley Cup Champions in 1984,1985,1987 and 1988. Just like he had done at every level of the game he quickly began to destroy the competition, with an incredible 51 goals and 86 assists in one season. He later made his way to earning the League's Hart Memorial Trophy a record nine times, an award for recognizing it's MVP (most valuable player).He broke all of the season records including goals, points, and assists. He had another record of scoring in exactly 51 full games in a row.
Hanging up the skates
Wayne was absolutely devastated when he had to be traded to the Los Angles Kings.He was taken away from the team that he had played with for for nine years (the Edmonton Oilers)and had his greatest years of the game. He retired from playing ice hockey in 1999 with his last and final team, the New York Rangers. Gretzky also lead the league with seven most scored goals trophies. In his retirement he opened a restaurant that is named after him that he runs. He also is still involved with hockey, he served as the executive director for the Canadian's men's hockey team for the Winter Olympics in 2002 and 2006. He was the coach with the Phoenix Coyotes for four years.(2005-2009)
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