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Wayne Gretzky, C

Position: Centre
HT/WT: 6'0", 185 lbs
Handedness: Left
Nickname(s): "The Great One"
Born: January 26, 1961 in Brantford, ON

- All-time NHL scoring leader, undisputedly best offensive player of all time.
- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.
- 4-time Stanley Cup Champion - (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
- 16-time top-10 in All-Star C Voting (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3)
- 10-time Art Ross Trophy recipient - (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994)
- 9-time Hart Memorial Trophy recipient - (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989)
- 2-time Conne Smythe Trophy recipient - (1985, 1988)
- 5-time Lady Byng Trophy recipient - (1980, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999)
- 5-time Lester B. Pearson Trophy recipient - (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
- 8 acknowledgements for the First NHL All-Star Team - (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991)
- 7 acknowledgements for the Second NHL All-Star Team - (1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1998)
- Holds 40 regular season NHL records and 15 playoff records
- ranked number 1 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players
- scored 894 goals and 1963 assists for 2857 points in 1487 games, adding 577 penalty minutes.
- scored 122 goals and 260 assists for 382 points in 208 playoff games, adding 66 penalty minutes.

Top 10 Finishes:
Goals - 9x - (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 4, 4, 5, 6)
Assists - 19x - (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 5, 6, 9)
Points - 16x - (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4)
Power Play Goals - 3x - (1, 4, 7)
Shorthanded Goals - 10x - (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 5, 6, 6, 7, 10)
Game-Winning Goals - 4x - (1, 2, 4, 7)

10 Best Percentage Seasons (Vs. #2):
100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100

Voting Record

Hart Voting Record:

1st (79-80), 1st (80-81), 1st (81-82), 1st (82-83), 1st (83-84), 1st (84-85), 1st (85-86), 1st (86-87), 1st (88-89), 2nd (90-91), 3rd (87-88), 4th (89-90), 5th (97-98)

Coaching Survey conducted from the early 70's to mid 80's:


Best passer 1st 1984
Best hockey sense 1st 1981
Best penalty killer 3rd 1984
Best playmaker 1st 1984
Best shot 2nd 1984
Best stickhandler 1st 1984
First player to build team around 1st 1981
First player to build team around 1st 1984
Hardest worker 4th 1984
Most dangerous near goal 1st 1984
Most natural ability 1st 1984
Most natural talent 1st 1981
Smartest player 1st 1984


Originally Posted by Gordie Howe
"A lot of people ask me about him, and of course I tell them he would be a star in any era."
Originally Posted by Mark Messier
"What amazes me most is that he never stops amazing me, he'll do some totally incredible thing and you think, 'O.K., that's it; I'll never see the likes of that again.' Then, damn, he does something even more incredible."
Originally Posted by Bill Torrey
"Everything that happens when he's on the ice revolves around him. Either he's got the puck or the other team does."
Originally Posted by Denis Potvin
"Hitting Wayne [Gretzky] was like wrapping your arms around fog. You saw him but when you reached out to grab him your hands felt nothing, maybe just a chill."
Originally Posted by Lou Nanne
"Gretzky has to see the game five times slower than the average guy."
Originally Posted by Red Berenson
"If Gretzky plays 40 minutes, and I play my best defensive player 40 minutes, sooner or later Gretzky's going to score because he's better at his game than my guy is at his. Furthermore, Edmonton's going to win because when Gretzky's out there, he always has a chance to score, and my defensive line has very little chance of doing so. You have to stick with what you do best."
Originally Posted by Cliff Fletcher, on Gretzky's behind the net play
"It's like having an extra player out there, particularly on the power play, he uses the net like a pick"
Who's Who in Hockey

His quick thinking, lightning quick passes and uncanny ability to zero in on a target would raise the performance bar for all future players and alter the sport forever.
In his prime, he was the most consistent threat and impenetrable force ever seen in the NHL.
Legends of Hockey

Of course, as soon as he retired he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and in century-end polls he was consistently ranked the greatest hockey player of all time.
His style was unique and almost impenetrable. The area behind the opposition goal was dubbed "Gretzky's office" because it was from there that he made so many perfect passes for goals. He was equally known for using the trailing man on rushes rather than a man skating ahead of him. Gretzky would come in over the blue line and then curl, waiting for a defenseman, often XXXXXX, to join the rush and create a great scoring chance. When on the ice to kill penalties, Gretzky wasn't looking to ice the puck in a defensive role; he was looking to take the other team by surprise, to take advantage of their defenselessness to score shorthanded. The result was goals and more goals - the Oilers scoring 400 a season as a matter of routine - and Gretzky won the scoring race virtually every year in the 1980s.

Originally Posted by 'Great' and 'Gretzky' belong together
Known primarily for his playmaking, Gretzky has scored a record 894 goals in his 20 NHL seasons.

United Athletes - Wayne Gretzky

The captain of the Oilers had physical abilities that surpass widely the common average. Skilful with the stick, he was able to maneuver easily with the puck. Fast and agile on his skates, he was able to create space for himself in order to see the game better. It is exactly with these abilities that he had a step ahead of the other guys. Gretzky had a lithe build with a matchless will. He did not have the physiognomy of the typical hockey player, which is centered on physical power. Therefore, he had to use his unique qualities in order to be at the top on the ice rink.

Like the matador who deceives the ferocious bull by a precise movement of the red cape, Gretzky got around the opponents either by a skilful gesture or by an accurate pass to a teammate. His movements transcended ease. He succeeded to be the best player on ice because of his talent, but also with his intelligence and his unequalled comprehension of the game.

Indeed, Gretzky understood the fundamental essence of the game. With his technical qualities of hockey and his comprehension almost supernatural, he always knew what to do. Even under the toughest opponent's pressure, he was calm. Whatever the situation, he knew if he should pass, shoot or keep the puck a little bit longer. One thing is sure, he was a split second ahead of every other player.

With his unequalled comprehension of the game, a proven handling of the stick and exceptional peripheral vision, Gretzky was an outstanding passer who could easily find an open man. His 1,962 passes during the regular season prove without a doubt his passing abilities. In a situation of two against one, 99 was pitiless. His passes floated just above the stick of defensemen and finished their way onto the stick of one of his teammates. Jari Kurri, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and of course Bernie Nicholls have surely thanked many times the Almighty for the arrival of Gretzky to their team.

The Gretzky frenzy reached a culminating point when the media assigned to him as his office the back of the opponent's net! Gretzky has stated clearly that it is advantageous to create plays from the zone at the back of the net. "You've got the whole play in front of you and with the defensemen's and goalie's backs to you". Indeed, he fed with profusion his teammates from that point. The opposing players were all confused between the fact that they had to keep an eye on their player and that Gretzky was enjoying himself behind the net. The Gretzky passes were so precise that his teammates had only to push the puck into the goal. When he was behind the opponent's net with the puck, the palpitations of the fans increased, because everybody knew that a spectacular play was imminent.

The marvelous 99 was not only a great passer, he was an awesome goalscorer. He touched the bottom of the net so often that it would take at least five hours to view all of his goals. During twelve seasons, he managed to score more than forty goals. Gretzky excelled at this level, because he was fast, was a good stick handler, had an extraordinary sense of anticipation and an accurate slap shot. How many times has he entered into the opponent's zone at full speed and made a well aimed shot? Mike Liut, Patrick Roy, Billy Smith and many other goalkeepers remember it surely. For that matter, the result is terrifying: 894 goals during the regular season.

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