It also publishes an annual Poolbook, which is newsstand-only. It is the top-selling hockey magazine in North America  and is available through subscription in North America and digitally to the rest of the world. THN is also available at many newsstands in North America. Smaller sections in the regular issues cover minor league, junior, college, and international hockey.
He was the first of five children born to Walter and Phyllis Gretzky. His father had hoped himself to become a hockey player but was discouraged because of his size.
Gretzky received his first pair of skates when he was three years old Wayne Gretzky. But it was the rink his father built for him behind the little house on Varadi Avenue in Brantford that became known as the birthplace of his skating skills.
Gretzky was only six years old when he saw his first year in organized hockey. He scored one goal, the lowest yearly total of his career.
Already Gretzky had mastered a unique skating stride. As a sixteen-year-old in the Junior "A" league, Gretzky continued his high scoring and packed the arenas with fans eager to witness his skills.
He wore number 99, because number 9 was still being worn by his idol, Gordie Howe. His slight build led one junior coach to suggest he pick an offensive position, where he could avoid body contact.
Two years later the Sault Ste.
Marie Greyhounds drafted him, and he again won rookie of the year honors. Gretzky had gone to school in Brantford and continued high school classes in Sault Ste. Marie but left before graduating.
Less than two months later the Edmonton Oilers of the same league purchased his contract, signing Gretzky to a twenty-one-year contract.
He won his first Hart Trophy for most valuable player, and he won the Lady Byng Trophy for his sportsmanship and skating ability.
He went on to become the first player to win the Hart Trophy for eight years in a row, from the —80 season through the —87 season. In his second year he led the league in assists and points, made the first All-Star team, and won his second most valuable player trophy award, but the Oilers lost in the quarter-finals to the New York Islanders.
During the —82 season he continued to break records, including some of his own. But the Oilers had not yet made it past the first round of the playoffs.
In the —84 season, however, the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup. The two subsequent seasons ended with the Oilers taking the Stanley. In the summer of Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.
He quickly turned that weak team into one of the best. Listed in the program as 6 feet and pounds, he always stayed away from fights, preferring to drift and glide around the ice. Some fans believed that he viewed the rink as a chessboard and that he had the ability to sense where the puck was going to end up, thus skating to that position.
Others believed that his greatest asset was his ability to move sideways across the ice at full speed. But it was his assists that made him especially valuable to his team. In becoming the leading scorer in NHL history he set a new record for assists more than thirteen hundred in just twelve seasons.
Such achievement brought Gretzky numerous commercial endorsements for companies as different from one another as General Mills and Nike. Consumers found his personality appealing, and he only endorsed products he used. Advertising Age Magazine called him "an ideal athlete to endorse products.
Late in the —94 season he broke another Howe record of career goals, accomplishing this in fewer games than Howe played. Gretzky began to get frustrated with the unsuccessful attempts of the Kings, and he wanted to be traded.
Gretzky was traded to the St. Louis Blues in the —96 season.
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He had not yet officially signed with the team when they lost the first two games in the playoff series. The coach and general manager of the Blues blamed Gretzky for the losses, but Gretzky had already decided not to sign with St.
Instead, he signed with the New York Rangers for the —97 season.The rankings, which heralded Wayne Gretzky as the best player in the history of the NHL, were determined by a panel of judges that included past and present NHL general managers, coaches and players, as well some of the most eminent members of hockey media.
Canadian professional ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky forward of the Edmonton Oilers skates on the ice during a home game at Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta, s.
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