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01-12-2013, 12:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Giuseppe Franco View Post
Taken from Wikipedia: Prior to World War I, Gretzky's father Anton (Tony) Gretzky immigrated along with his family to Canada via the United States from the Russian Empire (what is now Grodno, Belarus).Following the war, Anton would marry his wife, Mary, who immigrated from Pidhaitsi, interwar Poland (now Ukraine).Gretzky's ancestry is typically described as either Belarusian, Ukrainian, or Polish. In interviews, Walter Gretzky has stated that his parents were Belarusians, while on other occasions he has mentioned his family's Polish ancestry.
The distilled version is Walter Gretzky had a Belarusian father and Ukrainian mother, and his native tongue was Ukrainian at home. The mother was born in Ukraine, but it was occupied by Poland at the time, which leads to the whole Polish misnomer.

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