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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In the latest segment of Hotstove Tonight on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, the panel discussed where Wayne Gretzky could end up next. Commentators Elliotte Friedman and Glenn Healy also had the latest on contract extension talks for defenceman ...Read more
Wayne Gretzky Selling Townhouse Listed For $1.899 Million (PHOTOS)Huffington Post Canada, December 7th
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Wayne Gretzky to Leafs would be Great OneCANOE, December 7th
Last Updated: 2:23 PM ET. TORONTO - If only the chatter of Wayne Gretzky coming to the Maple Leafs could have come in 1983 instead of 2013. Follow @SlamSports. But if it did happen now, few in Leaf Nation would object. And now that the NHL has finally ...Read more
Wayne Gretzky to the Leafs would be a Great One for TorontoToronto Sun, December 7th
If only the chatter of Wayne Gretzky coming to the Maple Leafs could have come in 1983 instead of 2013. But if it did happen now, few in Leaf Nation would object. And now that the NHL has finally settled up its $8-million outstanding debt with the...Read more
How to Be a leader in Your Market... Wayne Gretzky StyleHuffington Post, December 6th
To be a truly exceptional leader, you must not only lead your employees and your company as a whole, but you must also be a leader in your market. Technically speaking, the key here is market differentiation, but I think hockey legend Wayne Gretzky...Read more
The NHL is finally paying Wayne Gretzky the money he is owedSB Nation, December 4th
According to a report from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday, the NHL is finally reimbursing Wayne Gretzky the money (somewhere between $7 and 8 million) he is owed by former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes. The payment is to make Gretzky whole ...Read more
Sources: NHL to pay Wayne GretzkyESPN, December 3rd
More than four years since leaving the Phoenix Coyotes, Wayne Gretzky will be repaid money he was owed by former team owner Jerry Moyes, the NHL itself agreeing to cut a check to the Great One after reaching a tentative deal with the legend, sources...Read more
Wayne Gretzky Stops By 12 West MontclairBaristanet, November 25th
Yesterday, patrons of 12 West Restaurant & Bar in Upper Montclair got to see “The Great One” hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky's wife Janet met 12 West owner Jerry Rubacky many years ago, before he moved out to L.A. to open Tribeca in Beverly Hills ...Read more