Wayne Gretzky - The Early Years

Wayne Douglas Gretzky was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada on January 26, 1961. His parents Walter and Phyllis Gretzky. Wayne has three brothers: Keith, Glen and Brent and one sister, Kim. Wayne began skating at the age of 2, the Nith River, below his grandparents farm. Wayne grew up watching Hockey Night in Canada, as many Canadian kids do, and otherwise playing hockey at every possible moment. The backyard rink at their Varadi Ave. home was to become the molding ground for a hockey superstar.

He began playing organized hocky at the age of 6 (two years before he was technically eligble to play). He gradually developed from 1 goal in his minor hockey rookie year, to as high as 196 goals and 76 assists in 1970-71 as a nine and 10 year-old.

The rest is history...from his junior days with the Soo Greyhounds ...his pro beginnings in the WHA...4 Stanley Cups...countless records, awards...the big trade to the Kings...more records...today.

Wayne Gretzky, "The Great One" is arguably the best player ever, he has the stats to prove it!

Written by Shawn Arsenault - Source of information: Wayne Gretzky: The Authorized Pictorial Biography by Jim Taylor
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