"The Great One" Wayne Gretzky

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Wayne Gretzky “The Great One” Born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, January 26, 1961. Wayne began skating at the age of three on a backyard rink built by his father,Walter. He began playing organized hockey in grade school and was soon such a dominant scorer that he was moved out of his age bracket to play with players several years older. In the book “On the ice with Wayne Gretzky,” Matt Christopher (pg.3) One of Wayne Gretzky’s idols as a young hockey player were his father and Hall of Fame forward Gordie Howe. After playing in several local and regional leagues, Gretzky advanced to play junior hockey with the Sault Sainte Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, a developmental league for young players. During the 1977-78 season with the Greyhounds he compiled 182 points, with 70 goals and 112 assists in 64 games. After years of building a legacy and setting records in different uniforms was a common theme for “The great one”. Many days and countless hours and hard work led to Wayne’s success. Wayne Gretzky started skating at just three years old in the hockey rink his father built in their back yard. Wayne would practice up to four or five hours a day with his brothers. An example from the story “10,000 Hours,” by Malcom Gladwell; Malcom talks about athletes and how it takes ten thousand hours of practice in order to achieve success. Wayne like many other athletes put in many countless hours of practice. It was obvious at a young age that Wayne was no ordinary athlete. When he was six, Wayne was already playing against 10-year-olds. And as stated in the book “On the ice with Wayne Gretzky,” Matt Christopher, (pg.7) talks about When Wayne was just 11, he scored over 300 goals in his hockey league. Gretzky turned pro at 17 and played briefly in the World Hockey Association for the Edmonton Oilers. When the Oilers moved up to the NHL the following year,

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