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Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky is one of the most famous Canadian hockey players in North America. Even people who do not follow hockey know who he is. Gretzky played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1979 to 1999. He set many records during this time. Many of his records still stand today.

The Great One

Wayne Gretzky’s nickname was “The Great One.” How did he become so good? Wayne was two and a half when he started skating. A few years later, his father built a rink in their backyard. Wayne would practise four or five hours a day with his brothers. He and his brothers said they learned everything about playing hockey from their dad.

All the practising paid off. Wayne started playing in a hockey league when he was six. By the time he was 13, he had scored 1000 goals in the league games and tournaments he played.

Wayne was not very big or fast or strong. But he was very smart about hockey. He always seemed to know where the puck was on the ice and what it would do. He would make the right play at the right time. He was not a very fast skater but he was an agile skater. He could change direction in an instant without losing his balance or slowing down. He was a great passer. He would pass the puck to where he thought his teammates would be, not where they were. He was not a selfish player. The most important thing to him was for his team to win. So he would pass the puck to a teammate who had the best chance to score.

Wayne always played his best every game. When he was young, his dad told him he had to perform for the people who were watching. They came to see him play, so he must always be at his best. This was a lesson he never forgot.

After Hockey

After he finished playing hockey, Wayne became involved in many businesses. He donates some of the money he makes to the Wayne Gretzky Foundation. This Foundation helps youngsters all across North America play hockey. Wayne believes that playing hockey helps develop skills that young people need. He also supports many other charities, donating his time and money to help others.

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