Wayne Gretzky Essay

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Wayne Gretzky once said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been”. This quote helps represent how he was always looking to be the best.
Wayne Gretzky was a star from the start of his life. He was a natural born leader, and had a successful career while being a leader. Wayne was first a leader at a young age, then he was a leader in the National Hockey League, and finally he was a great leader as a coach in the National Hockey League.
Wayne Gretzky was born in Brantford, Ontario on January 26,1961 to Walter Gretzky and Phyllis Leone Hockin. He was raised in a family of seven. He had one younger sister named Kim, and three younger brothers named Keith, Glen, and Brent. Wayne started to become affilliated with hockey at
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He was a natural leader on the Oiler’s from the start. He was a good leader who showed through example. He tallied just as many goals and points as he did during his dominate younger seasons. During Gretzky’s first season for the Oilers, he tallied 46 goals and 110 points. It was shortly after his MVP, 110 point season, that the Edmonton Oilers joined the National Hockey League, and on October 10, 1979, Wayne’s legendary career in the National Hockey League began. Gretzky was a very hard worker on the ice even though his skill was superior to most players. His hard work and leadership earned him many trophies and records starting with his rookie season. He managed to score 51 goals in one season which put him in the records as the youngest player, 19 years old, to score 50 goals in one single season. He also started his streak of winning eight straight Hart Trophies after the 1979-1980 season. Some players may have been satisfied with winning awards and trophies, but Wayne became even more hungry for success. His second season in the league, he started his seven year streak for winning the Art Ross Trophy. The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the top goal scorer in the National Hockey League. Not only did he win the Art Ross trophy after his second season, but his stats also secured him a spot in the record books AGAIN! He set a record for most assists in a single season at 109 assists, and a record for most…show more content…
Shortly after he retired, he was named the Executive Director for Canada’s Men’s Olympic Hockey team. Gretzky used his great leadership skills to help guide the team to winning Gold Medals in 2002 after a 50 year drought. It is easy to see that Gretzky’s presence helped end the streak and earn Canada a medal. While Gretzky had acquired his position with the Canadian team, he also took a position for the N.H.L.’s Phoenix Coyotes. He first bought part of the Coyotes before eventually becoming the team’s head coach in 2005. He made his coaching debut on October 5, 2005. Just three short days later, he recorded his first win as a coach when his team took down the Minnesota Wild. Gretzky then took a step back from the game he loved to be with his ill mother who passed away on December 19th. He then jumped right back into the hockey world just 9 days later after his mother’s passing. With the knowledge Gretzky was able to give his Coyotes during the 2005-2006 season, they were able to improve and win 16 more games than their previous season with a different head coach. It seemed to be wherever Gretzky was present, he could help any team
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