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.
i know a typical polish surname usually ends with -ski
Joe Pavelski Yup
Dustin Tokarski Yup
Trevor Letowski Yup
Brendan Bochenski Yup
Zenith Komarniski Doubt it, so I say no, sounds more Ukrainian
Kevin Kaminski Possible
Brian Rafalski Definitely Yup
Drake Berehowski it's actually Beherowsky... Y's are either anglicized or simply not from Poland, so I don't know about this
Alex Goligoski Couldn't find any info, so 50/50...
Steve and Brendan Dubinski Dubinsky... same as Beherowsky
anyone of them?
James Wisniewski, Mike Komisarek, Bryan Smolinski, Wade Dubielewicz, Wojtek Wolski...
Mariusz Czerkawski and Krystof Oliwa were both Polish nationals and played in the NHL. I can't think of anymore though.
I had the opportunity to meet Oliwa. He is a great guy. He has private lessons with my younger brother. Im Polish so its great to see a hard hitting polish player teaching my little brother how to hit haha.