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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The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and TD Bank Group are presenting a lunch event with Wayne Gretzky on May 20 at the Fairmont Hotel. The event will be moderated by former New Brunswick premier and deputy chair of TD Bank Group, Frank McKenna...Read more

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AOL Real Estate (blog), April 16th

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New York Daily News, April 15th

The 25-year-old beauty, who graces Golf Digest's May cover, is the daughter of avid golfers, former hockey champ Wayne Gretzky and actress Janet Jones Gretzky, but that doesn't make her skilled at the game. "I didn't appreciate golf as much when I was...Read more

Wayne Gretzky lists Westlake Village remodel at $10.5 million
Los Angeles Times, April 14th

Wayne Gretzky, the ice hockey legend, has put an estate up for sale in Westlake Village at $10.5 million. Set in a gated community, the 8,711-square-foot house, built in 2006, is entered through a courtyard with fountain. Double doors open to spacious...Read more

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NESN.com, April 11th

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky has put his 8,711-square-foot mansion in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on the market, according to The Real Estalker. The sprawling compound, which features five bedrooms and six bedrooms, is on sale for $10.5 million and features ...Read more

Wayne Gretzky Looking to Make Huge Profit on Renovated California House
Bleacher Report, April 10th

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Mashable, April 4th

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TMZ.com, April 1st

He could shoot. He could score. But Wayne Gretzky tells TMZ Sports ... he couldn't fight for a damn. The Great One was leaving Craig's restaurant in L.A. last night when we talked about going mano a mano on ice ... and Wayne admitted, "I wasn't very...Read more