By Al Strachan
No matter if donning his Edmonton oil-drop, the black and silver colors of L.A., or the well-known 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 during which he performed himself either off and on the ice mirrored the superior of the sport.
you cannot speak about Gretzky with no conversing approximately his documents and achievements: 50 targets in exactly 39 video games, nine Hart Trophies, 10 artwork 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 way of the game's such a lot outstanding participant, and every could be damaged down during this publication.
released with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written along with his cooperation, this can be the Gretzky biography that his lovers have so anxiously awaited. Veteran activities journalist Al Strachan has loved a really shut friendship with Gretzky for good over 25 years, and through this time Strachan has pronounced on each point of his specialist profession. the 2 have spent hundreds of thousands of hours conversing concerning the video game and such information as Wayne's circulation to L.A., dealing with the 2002 Canadian Olympic staff 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 instructed.
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Additional resources for 99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story
Make sure you backcheck. ’ “It was an emotional day for me to be able to look up into the stands and see my mom and my dad, my family and friends. As an emotional day, that was the greatest day of my life. It put the ribbon on my career, pulled it all together. I knew then there was no difference between playing as an eight-year-old and going to a game and being a professional hockey player at thirty-eight and playing your last game. The feeling was still the same. The excitement was still the same.
Before that, it was in the back of my mind. ” Next came a nationally televised news conference, which followed the usual Gretzky formula. His minders announced that only two more questions would be allowed, but Gretzky kept answering them as long as the media wanted to ask them. ’ It has been tremendous,” he said after the game. “It has been a fun day. I even talked to the prime minister, which was very nice. ” Even then, Gretzky didn’t make his retirement official. But he came close. “I really feel right about which way I’m leaning,” he said.
They happily agreed that both Tony, another Southam employee, and I could go along. Strach, whom I did not know very well then, was far more welcoming than I had expected. I knew his reputation for caustic remarks and quick dismissals but I had to learn for myself that the sarcasm and jibes come with such joyous wit that he is, in fact, a delight to be around. I knew he and Tony had long been friends but I had no real concept of how close he was with Gretzky, the organizer, funder and main attraction of the trip.
99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story by Al Strachan