Wayne Gretzky

  • Birth Name: Wayne Douglas Gretzky
  • Birth Place: Brantford, Ontario, Canada
  • Profession: Retired hockey player, Hockey coach, Hockey executive
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  • Learned how to skate and play hockey in a backyard rink his father built named Wally Coliseum.
  • Nicknamed "The Great One."
  • Named to the Order of Canada in 1984.
  • In 1988, his wedding was dubbed "Canada's Royal Wedding" and was broadcast live in Canada.
  • Was part-owner of the Toronto Argonauts from 1991 to '94, along with John Candy and Bruce McNall. 
  • Had his number, 99, retired league-wide by the NHL and was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Won four Stanley Cups, nine Hart Trophy awards (NHL MVP), and 10 Art Ross Trophy awards (NHL scoring title).
  • Became part-owner of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2001 and took over as head coach for the 2005-2006 season. Left both positions in 2009.
  • Started the Wayne Gretzky Foundation in 2002 to help less fortunate youths get introduced to hockey.
  • Other ventures include Wayne Gretzky's, a downtown Toronto restaurant, and Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery.


  • Ty Gretzky — Son
  • Phyllis Gretzky — Mother
  • Janet Jones Gretzky — Wife
  • Tristan Gretzky — Son
  • Walter Gretzky — Father
  • Emma Gretzky — Daughter
  • Kim Gretzky — Sister
  • Trevor Gretzky — Son
  • Keith Gretzky — Brother
  • Paulina Gretzky — Daughter
  • Glen Gretzky — Brother
  • Brent Gretzky — Brother