By Al Strachan
No matter if donning his Edmonton oil-drop, the black and silver shades of L.A., or the recognized Rangers sweater from ny, all hockey lovers agree that Wayne Gretzky used to be the simplest hockey participant of all time. His element totals, his puck keep an eye on, and the style within which he performed himself either off and on the ice mirrored some of the best of the sport.
you cannot speak about Gretzky with no conversing 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, in fact, retiring with 2856 issues. every one list is a impressive fulfillment by way of the game's such a lot amazing 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 an incredibly shut friendship with Gretzky for good over 25 years, and through this time Strachan has suggested on each element of his expert profession. the 2 have spent millions of hours speaking concerning the video game and such information as Wayne's movement to L.A., coping 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 booklet Strachan takes readers on a so much outstanding trip and information the lifetime of Wayne Gretzky love it hasn't ever been instructed.
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Additional info for 99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story
He was not surprised and said that one of his fondest memories of Gretzky, still a teenager, was that he had insisted that Joey Moss, who has Down syndrome, be hired as a clubhouse attendant in Edmonton. “Here was something he could do to help a young guy,” Sather said. “He turned Joey’s whole life around. That was seventeen or eighteen years ago. That kid still is around and he even signs autographs. ” Long after he had been traded away from the Oilers, Gretzky continued to buy a season ticket to Oilers games for Moss, who otherwise would have had to stay in the dressing room and watch the game on television—if it was televised.
Halfway through his first season with the Rangers, after having been laid low for a while with a particularly virulent strain of flu, he said, “I don’t think there’s an athlete in the world that plays at the top of their game who has not had a problem with their confidence level at some point. When I came here, I was nervous. ” The funk didn’t last long. A few chats with Messier restored his confidence, and his switch back to a wooden stick—a Hespeler—helped him regain his touch. Also, travel with the Rangers, whose divisional rivals were all nearby, was such a breeze that he was usually well rested.
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. At first, this bothered me, as I’m sure it bothered others. Strachan, and Tony, as well, had an access that McGran and I simply could not match. Neither of us had covered Gretzky in his heyday, as both Tony and Al had. The worry proved completely unfounded, as Al made sure that each game was run roughly as real NHL games were, with a semi-formal scrum with Gretzky and other players at the end of each match.
99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story by Al Strachan