Wayne Gretzky

(Wayne Douglas Gretzky)

Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky
  • Born: January 26, 1961
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Profession: Athlete

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Wayne Douglas Gretzky CC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed "The Great One", he has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and the league itself. Gretzky is the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and assists than any other player. He garnered more assists than any other player scored total points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, Gretzky tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999 and persisting through 2017, he holds 61 NHL records: 40 regular season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records.

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You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. Management & Managing Government
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. Sports & Athletics
And people who know me would tell you that away from hockey I'm really not that competitive.
By no means could I play at the level of these kids who play in the NHL now but as 50-year-olds go, I feel really good and I feel blessed that I'm still healthy.
Growing up, I was always the small guy.
Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful. Sports & Athletics
I couldn't beat people with my strength; I don't have a hard shot; I'm not the quickest skater in the league. My eyes and my mind have to do most of the work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don't like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it's essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you.
I get a feeling about where a teammate is going to be. A lot of times, I can turn and pass without even looking.
I just like to keep my money in the bank; I'm not a big risk-taker. I don't know anything about the stock market... I stay away from things I don't know anything about. Money, Coins & Minting
I knew at a young age, whether I was playing baseball or hockey or lacrosse, that my teammates were counting on me, whether it be to strike the last batter out in a baseball game or score a big goal in a hockey game.
I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.
I think that from the time you start playing sports as a child you see that your responsibility to your team is to play the best that you can play as an individual... and yet, not take anything away from being part of a team. Time ;Sports & Athletics
I wasn't naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that's the way I'll be as a coach.
I'm very proud of our NHL players. I think they all handle themselves extremely well and they all work really hard. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's an honour and a thrill and a privilege just to play in the NHL.
Listen, everything I have in my life is because of the NHL and because of hockey, and I love the game and I loved every minute of being a player, I loved coaching, I loved being involved in the NHL. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Look at guys like Larry Bird and George Brett and John McEnroe; that's what they did in their careers. They all wanted to be the guy under the microscope late in the game or late in the match. So you just take on that know-how that that's part of your responsibility, and you learn that's what makes it exciting. That's what makes it fun!
Most people marry their mother. I married my father.
My kids are no different than anyone else's - they tend to disagree with everything I say!
Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.
Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy. Happiness & Unhappiness ;Success
The biggest difference between L.A. and Edmonton was that instead of people looking at me I was looking at them.
The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The only way a kid is going to practice is if it's total fun for him... and it was for me.
When I was 5 and playing against 11-year-olds, who were bigger, stronger, faster, I just had to figure out a way to play with them.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

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