Wayne gretzky biography for kids
Who Is Wayne Gretzky? by Gail HermanAfter breaking or tying more than sixty records in hockey, its no wonder that Wayne Gretzky is known as The Great One. Born in Brantford, Ontario, on January 26, 1961, in a nation obsessed with the sport, he threw himself into the game practically from the time he first laced up a pair of skates. When he retired from the NHL in 1999, he had led several teams to Stanley Cup victories, competed in the Olympics, and changed the way hockey was played forever. Known for his love for family and as a truly decent human being, Wayne Gretzky is revealed as more than a sports legend in this easy-to-read biography.
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For two decades Wayne Gretzky dominated the game of hockey. Kidzworld rewinds the clock and takes a look back at The Great One's career! Wayne Gretzky started skating at just three years old in the hockey rink his father built in their back yard. Wayne would practice up to four or five hours a day with his brothers. It was obvious at a young age that Wayne was no ordinary athlete. When he was six, Wayne was already playing against year-olds.
Wayne Gretzky born , known by hockey fans simply as "The Great One," showed great talent even in the junior leagues in Canada. He went on to become the first player to win the Hart Trophy for eight consecutive years and beat hockey legend Gordie Howe's all-time point record of 1, His father, Walter, had hoped himself to become a hockey player but was discouraged because of his size. Wayne displayed an early interest in skating and received his first pair of skates when he was three years old. He learned to skate on the Ninth River near his grandfather's farm in Canning, Ontario, and at public rinks on weekends.
Practicing for hours on end, it was here that a young Gretzky developed the skating, shooting and stickhandling techniques that appeared instinctive to so many over the course of his career. At six years old, an already-impressive Gretzky joined a league filled with players four years his senior. He scored only one goal in his first season, but improved dramatically over the course of his minor league career and finished it off with an incredible goal season. Gretzky continued to impress as a teenager, finishing second in scoring during his only full season in the OHA, then first in the World Junior Championships. Next came the pros. The move would prove to be fortuitous, to say the least. Although many fans felt betrayed, the Gretzky-less Oilers would go on to win the Cup one more time in
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Former professional ice hockey player. Nicknamed "The Great One",  he has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself., Gretzky was a star junior player with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.
Many people think he was the best player in the history of the game. When he retired he held more than 60 NHL records. His nickname was the Great One. He started playing hockey at a very young age. At age 6 he played against and year-olds.