“When I was 5 and playing against 11-year-olds, who were bigger, stronger, faster, I just had to figure out a way to play with them.” Gretzky’s mind set of hockey quickly had him playing with boys much older than him. In 1978, at age 17, he was signed a contract to the WHA Indianapolis Racers. In 1979 when the WHA join up with the NHL the NHL team associated was allowed to keep 2 players from their WHA team. Gretzky was obviously a choice for the Edmonton Oilers and was in the NHL by the age of 20. Wayne Gretzky is important to Canada in many different ways.
From a very young age, Bobby Orr started skating and quickly demonstrated a passion for hockey. He would spend several hours a day on the Seguin River, in Parry Sound, practicing his skating and would then devote an extra hour practicing shooting
Shaun White. That name personifies the snowboarding world. At the age of five he was described as a snowboarding prodigy. Already winning amateur championships and semi pro championships. Shaun White is in a class of his own sweeping the winter X-Games and Olympics for years on end in first place.
Who is “The Great One?” For many years, Canada’s own, Wayne Gretzky, has been considered the greatest player to ever play the fast paced game of hockey. Gretzky has made his name familiar in every National Hockey League (NHL) record book during his illustrious twenty one year career. Years of NHL play have come and gone and his name still sits triumphant amongst many. However, tables have been turning the last few years as Sydney Crosby, another young Canadian player, has stepped into the spotlight and taken the professional league by storm. Records have been set by both of these talented phenomenons, but who in the end will take the title of “The Great One,” young active Sydney Crosby or the retired hockey hero Wayne Gretzky?
It was a hockey player he always wanted to be, ever since his dad started teaching him it at the age of three. One day while flipping through the channels of his television, he saw a show playing, giving him a new inspiration. In the show was an agent and his forensic partner solving crimes, Anthony loved the show and so finally made up his mind. Tale: It was another normal day at the FBI headquarters, until the chief said "everyone, drop your folders!" It had finally come, the game of year, the annual USSS vs. FBI hockey game was near.
Wayne Gretzky 1970s The decade that I chose was the 1970s. I love the 1970s because that was when Wayne Gretzky started to play in the NHL. Wayne Gretzky was born in January 26, 1961, in a small impartment in Ban ford Ontario. Wayne Gretzky has 5 other siblings and was the first one of all of them to be born first. Some childhood facts about Wayne are that he got his first pair of skate at the age of three.
A hoser is a term that comes from the pre Zamboni days of hockey when the losing team had to stay after the game and hose down the ice. B. Can you imagine trying to resurface an entire ice rink by hand? C. Back when the term hoser originated it would take four experienced men over an hour to resurface a sheet of ice. D. Today using a Zamboni it takes 1 person less than 10 minutes.
I first started skating when I was five years old and I could barely stand on my two feet. But my determination to learn how to skate, motivated me to come back the next week and give it another shot. Before, I knew it I was going to the rink two to three times a day for practice. I had a real blast learning all the new spins and jumps. I then began to take the tests required to advance to the next level.
In 1969 Dimitrije Milovich started making snowboards, he was the first to actually create a snowboard. In 1972 Milovach started his new company called Winterstick, he produced many snowboards and got articles in Newsweek, playboy, and powder which gave him a name for his new gear. This got Milovach’s name out there from being in the press and TV. He only stayed in business until 1980, but is still recognized till today for what he’s done for snowboarding today. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, Vermont was home to the first established snowboard competition in the world the National Races at Suicide Six in Pomfrey, VT. A concentrated interest in this sport eventually spawned the US Open, the world's first renowned snowboard competition.
Summer hockey camps range in variety from focusing on skating mechanics while other camps focus on puck skills. Though most camps focus on on-ice improvement, camps such as www.hockeycanada.ca have “time scheduled for life skill enhancement in areas such as respect, fitness and teamwork” (Sills Development Camp 2-3). Many camps are offered usually anywhere from two weeks to two months long. Aside from doing on-ice practices, instructors will also hold ‘dry-land’ sessions. These sessions usually involve long distance running and working with weights to improve strength.