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The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« on: January 17, 2007, 10:05:55 PM »
The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread



My post #9999 is dedicated to Mr. 99 himself, Wayne Gretzky :canada:

"Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born January 26, 1961) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. Born in Brantford, Ontario and nicknamed "The Great One," Total Hockey: The Official Encyclopedia of the NHL calls Gretzky "the greatest player of all time". He is generally regarded as the best player of his era and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, coaches, and fans. Along with his many awards and achievements, he is the only player to ever have his playing number, 99, officially retired across the entire National Hockey League.



Identified as a hockey prodigy at a very young age, Gretzky regularly played at a level far above his peers.[7] He became a full professional at the age of 17 in the World Hockey Association, leading to a long career in the NHL. He set 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, 6 All-Star records, won four Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers, and won 9 MVP awards and 10 scoring titles. He is the only player ever to total over 200 points in a season (a feat that he accomplished four times in his career). In addition, he tallied over 100 points a season for 15 NHL seasons, 13 of them consecutively.



He retired from playing in 1999, becoming Executive Director for the Canadian national men's hockey team during the 2002 Winter Olympics. He also became part owner of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2000 and following the 2004-05 NHL lockout became their head coach.
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The greatest hockey player of all-time is also one helluva P.I.M.P. 8-)

Links:
Official Site
Wikipedia article
Gretzky @ NHL.com
Gretzky's records

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The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2007, 10:17:07 PM »
Wayne's wifey Janet Jones posed for Playboy back in 1987 :jerk:



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The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2007, 10:35:08 PM »
GJ BALDIES!!!

To this day, scoring 50 goals in 39 games stands out in the Great One's memory -- a milestone that will be celebrated on Dec. 30, the 25th anniversary of his feat.

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Joanne Ireland, Edmonton Journal
Published: Friday, December 22, 2006


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The record-setting moments are many, but there is one that is particularly special to Wayne Gretzky.

To this day, scoring 50 goals in 39 games stands out in the Great One's memory -- a milestone that will be celebrated on Dec. 30, the 25th anniversary of his feat.

"People ask me all the time about my records, but to me, that's my favourite," he said on Thursday before his Phoenix Coyotes took on the Edmonton Oilers.

"They're all made to be broken, that's what sports is. That's what's so great about sports, but that's my favourite because I think that will be the hardest to break."

The night of the record, Gretzky and the Oilers were hosting Philadelphia. Pete Peeters was in net for the Flyers in a 7-5 loss. Five of those goals were scored by Gretzky, including the record-setting empty-netter.

"That night when I scored the first goal, it was a fluky goal, a shot off the back boards. The puck came to me on the other side and I threw it at the net and it went in," Gretzky continued.

"And I always felt if I got an early goal that I could get on a roll. I scored the third goal on a breakaway, got the fourth, then before I scored the fifth goal in an empty net I probably had three or four point-blank chances Peeters stopped. I probably should have had seven or eight goals that night.

"It was just one of those things that once I got the fourth, I knew I was going to get five -- even if I had to pick the puck up and throw it in."

The record had mattered enough to Gretzky that after he had scored 28 goals in 24 games, he did not want to finish with 50 in 51. At the very least, he wanted to tie the record of 50 in 50.

"Going into that game I was at 45 in 38 so I really felt confident that I was at least going to get 50 in 50. I just didn't anticipate scoring five goals that night, especially back then. Philadelphia was one of the better defensive-minded teams in the NHL," he recalled.

As much as the record matters to Gretzky, he knows that in today's NHL, there may be a chance that it will not stand for another 25 years.

He pointed to the emergence of players like Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin and the talented trio of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"With the new rules now, the new style, the new system, offence is going to go up," Gretzky said. "And when you get guys as talented as Ovechkin and Crosby, you just never know.

"With what Pittsburgh has there now, it's a lot like what we had in Edmonton with (Mark Messier), myself and (Jari Kurri). There will be some 9-8 games in Pittsburgh over the next couple of years."
© Edmonton Journal 2006

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http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/story.html?id=56ef42af-6845-4935-8ad1-2882b0cd990b

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2007, 03:28:49 AM »
IT'S WAYNE'S WORLD!!! WAYNE'S WORLD!!! HOCKEY TIME!!! EXCELLENT!!!

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007, 06:05:31 AM »


Michael WHO?

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2009, 09:56:27 AM »
Now that he's free from the shithole that is the Coyotes...Anyone watch this ESPN Documentary "King's Ransom?" about the trade to the Kings from the Oilers?

Clip from Wayne Gretzky Doc "King's Ransom"

I saw some book by a chump from The Score but it was lame. Like fucking had to include Gretzky and Gilmour pic.

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2009, 12:16:57 AM »
GETTTZZKEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD

50 in 39 will be his greatest record ever. NEVER TO BE TOPPED
Wayne Gretzky - 50 in 39 Game Highlights

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2009, 09:43:32 AM »
Wayne's daughter Paulina Gretzky celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas:

http://www.paulinagretzky.net/

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2009, 09:48:31 AM »
AW SHIT!!!

something wrong with her eye tho, kinda looks like Gretz

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2009, 08:49:47 PM »
Holy fuck, she's 21 already?!?! :shocked:

There's gotta be a pervvy "great one" joke in there somewhere. :lol:

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2009, 04:26:22 AM »
Wayne is the greatest but dont be surprised if Sid the Kid doesnt take that title before he’s done.

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2009, 06:38:17 PM »
Wayne is the greatest but dont be surprised if Sid the Kid doesnt take that title before he’s done.
Welcome to JPH!P, L1mpk1d78! :welcome

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2009, 03:34:02 AM »
Wayne is the greatest but dont be surprised if Sid the Kid doesnt take that title before he’s done.

WELCOME! You a Penguins fan, L1mpk1d78? cuz if Sid plays till he's 70 or suddenly players start scoring 90 goals, 200 points a season I'd believe it. And 8 Hart Trophy for MVP in a row? I think the former Edmonton Oilers legend is safe as G.O.A.T.



Not even Ovechkin can get 50 in 50


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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2009, 08:12:15 AM »
Sid's got the tools to do that, he really does I think.  However the goalies that are around today kick the shit out of the goalies in Gretzky's hayday by far.  Not to diminish what Gretzky has achieved, but imho the reason why nobody will EVER break 50 in 39 is because of Dominik Hasek's innovation.

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2010, 05:02:41 AM »
Am I really gonna be the first one to wish Wayne Gretzky a happy 49th birthday?  Big day for the big man!

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2010, 08:36:21 AM »
I must've missed it, I turn off the local sports/Oilers talk radio now :lol:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAYNE!!!



I missed Messier's Birthday too last week (on the 18th) :doh: RIKA CONTROLS ME

He is coming to Vancouver on Feb. 19 as part of a hockey promotion relate...?

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2010, 08:15:45 AM »
At the Olympics, lighting the torch for CANADA!!!



(thx KT lol)

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Re: The Official Wayne Gretzky Thread
« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2010, 06:08:56 PM »
I've never been a real hockey fan, but I loved the Wayne Gretzky video game for 64.

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