99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story by Al Strachan

By Al Strachan

No matter if donning his Edmonton oil-drop, the black and silver colors of L.A., or the recognized Rangers sweater from long island, all hockey fanatics agree that Wayne Gretzky was once the easiest hockey participant of all time. His element totals, his puck regulate, and the way within which he carried out himself either off and on the ice mirrored the superior of the sport.
     you cannot speak about Gretzky with no speaking approximately his documents and achievements: 50 ambitions in exactly 39 video games, nine Hart Trophies, 10 paintings Ross Trophies, four Stanley Cups, 215 issues in one season, and, after all, retiring with 2856 issues. each one list is a amazing success by means of the game's so much awesome participant, and every may be damaged down during this ebook.
     released with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written along with his cooperation, this is often the Gretzky biography that his lovers have so anxiously awaited. Veteran activities journalist Al Strachan has loved a very shut friendship with Gretzky for good over 25 years, and through this time Strachan has stated on each element of his specialist occupation. the 2 have spent millions of hours speaking in regards to the video game and such information as Wayne's circulate to L.A., dealing with the 2002 Canadian Olympic crew and training in Phoenix. Their shut friendship has provided every one guy the chance to debate the sport that they either love, and during this ebook Strachan takes readers on a so much outstanding trip and info the lifetime of Wayne Gretzky love it hasn't ever been informed.

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So which is it? Was Wayne born with God-given skills that made his hockey stardom a matter of predestination? Or was he just an ordinary kid who tried a game and loved it so much that he became its best player in history? It would be nice to be able to answer those questions with certainty, but there is no clear answer. Even though Walter at times leaned towards the God-given theory, he also recognized the impact of teaching. “My dad always said that kids can be taught how to anticipate what’s going to happen on the ice,” Wayne said.

The game itself was the same. The only difference is I wasn’t quite as good as I used to be. That’s what I remember the most. “I had no second thoughts that day about retiring. I wasn’t scared of retiring from the game of hockey and the practices and everything that goes with hockey. “What I knew was that I was completely done with preparing for a season—three or four hours a day of getting ready to be physically ready to go in September. I knew I wasn’t mentally ready to do that any more, and that’s why I never had any second thoughts.

Perhaps they will last forever, and hockey will move on to a “modern era” in which the Gretzky standard is set aside as unattainable. Gretzky holds every offensive record worth holding. He won ten scoring titles. He won the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player in the league nine times and twice won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. He also won the Lady Byng Trophy five times, was a first-team all-star eight times and a second-team all-star seven times. He was on four Stanley Cup–winning teams.

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