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 big apple, all hockey lovers agree that Wayne Gretzky was once the simplest hockey participant of all time. His element totals, his puck keep watch over, and the way within which he carried out himself either off and on the ice mirrored some of the best of the sport.
     you cannot discuss Gretzky with no speaking approximately his documents and achievements: 50 objectives in precisely 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 checklist is a notable success by means of the game's such a lot notable participant, and every can be damaged down during this publication.
     released with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written along with his cooperation, this is often the Gretzky biography that his enthusiasts 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 mentioned on each element of his expert occupation. the 2 have spent millions of hours speaking concerning the online game and such information as Wayne's stream to L.A., coping with the 2002 Canadian Olympic workforce and training in Phoenix. Their shut friendship has provided each one guy the chance to debate the sport that they either love, and during this publication Strachan takes readers on a so much impressive trip and info the lifetime of Wayne Gretzky love it hasn't ever been informed.

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I wanted to know where everyone was so that I could stay away from them. People say I’ve got great peripheral vision. It’s just awareness. ” Let’s face it, hockey—more so then than now—is riddled with headhunters. As long as Gretzky played, there was never any shortage of opponents who were quite willing to take him out using illegal tactics. Whether we like it or not, physical violence is part of hockey’s heritage, even at the highest level. Bobby Clarke’s premeditated slash that broke Valeri Kharlamov’s ankle in the 1972 Summit Series is a prime example.

When he left Edmonton in 1988, we drifted apart somewhat. For one thing, he got married, and like everyone else in those circumstances, he altered his lifestyle. Janet is a wonderful lady, and we get along famously, but it stands to reason that when you’re a married man with children, the relationships you had as a bachelor get altered. Another factor in the change was that he was no longer based in Canada. Both the Globe and Mail and subsequently the Toronto Sun, which I joined in 1994, focused on Canadian teams more than American teams.

The only difference is I wasn’t quite as good as I used to be. That’s what I remember the most. “I had no second thoughts that day about retiring. I wasn’t scared of retiring from the game of hockey and the practices and everything that goes with hockey. “What I knew was that I was completely done with preparing for a season—three or four hours a day of getting ready to be physically ready to go in September. I knew I wasn’t mentally ready to do that any more, and that’s why I never had any second thoughts.

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