There must be something in the Ontario water supply to explain why Canada’s most populous province has given the world so many incredible hockey players. Wayne Gretzky hails from Brantford, while Bobby Orr once called Parry Sound home. That’s only two athletes, you might say, but they happen to be ranked as the number one and two all-time National Hockey League players by no less an authority as The Hockey News.
Gretzky tops the list, and though his last name conveniently rhymes with his nickname, “The Great One,” it was his performance on the ice that gave the moniker teeth. Even after retiring in 1999, he still holds the record for most career goals in regular-season play (894), most goals in a single season (91 in 1981-1982), most career assists (1,963), most career points (2,857), and most three-or-more-goal games (50).
Little wonder, then, that when Gretzky retired, it wasn’t just the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers who retired number 99—every team in the NHL set the digits aside.
For collectors of vintage hockey memorabilia, Gretzky’s Topps NHL rookie card from the 1979-1980 season is among the most desirable pieces of paper in the sport. Back in the late 1970s, O-Pee-Chee was branding those same Topps hockey cards with an OPC logo—both versions are collectible. Far more common are cards from his years with the Kings, Blues, and Rangers, although a card from Gretzky’s first year with each of those teams makes a nice set.
More than any other hockey player, Gretzky enjoyed a lucrative career endorsing products. As a result, many collectors of hockey memorabilia look beyond traditional objects like jerseys, pucks, and sticks to focus on boxes of Post cereal brands and kids lunch boxes.
But for those who must have a game-used jersey, a killer combo is to pair Gretzky’s blue and orange Edmonton Oilers road jersey from 1979 with his black and silver Los Angeles Kings road uniform from 1988.
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gret Former captain Wayne Gretzky answers media questions during an Edmonton Oilers media availability with the members of the Stanley Cup winning 83-84 Oilers at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Players and coaches ...Read more
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Wayne Gretzky Signs With IMGVariety, November 24th
Hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky has once again signed with IMG, returning to the firm after having worked with them in the late 1980s and '90s. With his IMG reunion Gretzky hopes to broaden his career. His new team will assist him in pursuing ...Read more
Henk ten Cate on the Edmonton Drillers, dining with Wayne Gretzky and ...Yahoo Sports, November 12th
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Wayne Gretzky Talks Gordie Howe And Becoming A GrandfatherETCanada.com (blog), November 10th
ET Canada caught up with Wayne Gretzky while he was in Toronto over the weekend and we asked him about his friend Gordie Howe. The Great One reveals he has reached out to the legendary Gordie Howe and his family in the wake of the 86-year-old ...Read more
Wayne Gretzky admits he 'chatted' with the Toronto Maple Leafs about becoming ...National Post, November 8th
During the second period intermission of the Maple Leafs and New York Rangers game, Wayne Gretzky sat with Hockey Night host George Stroumboulopoulos and talked about his life, his future in hockey and about how close he came to becoming president ...Read more
Someone in Congress caught editing Wikipedia page of hockey legend Wayne ...Daily Mail, November 6th
As America digested the results of the U.S. midterm elections yesterday, one person on Capitol Hill seemed to be more interested in ice hockey than politics. It has been revealed that somewhere in Congress a person was editing NHL legend Wayne Gretzky...Read more
Someone in Congress really has Wayne Gretzky's backMashable, November 5th
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