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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Gretzky was dismissed by some scouts for being too light and not too physical, which would cause him not to last long in the NHL. WhosLaughingNow?

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Gretzky was dismissed by some scouts for being too light and not too physical, which would cause him not to last long in the NHL. WhosLaughingNow?WhosLaughingNow


'''Wayne Douglas Gretzky''', born February 26, 1961, is a former UsefulNotes/{{NHL}} player for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers. Considered by almost everyone to be the greatest hockey player of all time. Known simply as “The Great One”. The guy has broken so many records that if we were to list them here, the reader of this article would be here forever. Here is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Wayne_Gretzky#Records_update The Other Wiki's]] list of his records. Extremely well liked by hockey fans all over for his excellent playing, his apparent love and dedication to the game, [[StupidSexyFlanders good looks]], and being one of the [[NiceGuy nicest hockey players ever]]. Seriously, when Gretzky actually fought someone, '''hell froze over'''.

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'''Wayne Douglas Gretzky''', born February January 26, 1961, is a former UsefulNotes/{{NHL}} player for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers. Considered by almost everyone to be the greatest hockey player of all time. Known simply as “The Great One”. The guy has broken so many records that if we were to list them here, the reader of this article would be here forever. Here is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Wayne_Gretzky#Records_update The Other Wiki's]] list of his records. Extremely well liked by hockey fans all over for his excellent playing, his apparent love and dedication to the game, [[StupidSexyFlanders good looks]], and being one of the [[NiceGuy nicest hockey players ever]]. Seriously, when Gretzky actually fought someone, '''hell froze over'''.


Won 4 [[UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup Stanley Cups]] with Edmonton, then in 1988, came “The Trade”. He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, effectively making hockey extremely popular on the West Coast of the United States overnight and pissing off a lot of Canadians. Seriously, the ''Canadian government tried to intervene and block the trade'', showing how much SeriousBusiness hockey is in Canada. Gretzky also got married to American actress Janet Jones just a few months before, thus, many Oilers fans misblamed her for using her acting career as an incentive for Wayne to move to Los Angeles. After he was unable to secure a cup win in Los Angeles in '93 and not getting along with the new Kings owners, Wayne then went to the St. Louis Blues. Don't remember that? You weren't missing much, because not even a year later, he went to the New York Rangers, where he played until he closed out his career in 1999. His number 99 was retired pretty much immediately ''league-wide'' after he stopped playing, the only number so honoured, and he was inducted to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2000.

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Won 4 [[UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup Stanley Cups]] with Edmonton, then in 1988, came “The Trade”. He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, effectively making hockey extremely popular on the West Coast of the United States overnight and pissing off a lot of Canadians. Seriously, the ''Canadian government tried to intervene and block the trade'', showing how much SeriousBusiness hockey is in Canada. Gretzky also got married to American actress Janet Jones just a few months before, thus, many Oilers fans misblamed her for using her acting career as an incentive for Wayne to move to Los Angeles. After he was unable to secure a cup win in Los Angeles in '93 and not getting along with the new Kings owners, Wayne then went to the St. Louis Blues. Don't remember that? You weren't missing much, because not even a year later, he went to the New York Rangers, where he played until he closed out his career in 1999. His number 99 was retired pretty much immediately ''league-wide'' after he stopped playing, the only number so honoured, and he was inducted to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2000.
the same year he retired[[note]](He is the last player to have the usual waiting period for induction waived.)[[/note]].


Won 4 [[UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup Stanley Cups]] with Edmonton, then in 1988, came “The Trade”. He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, effectively making hockey extremely popular on the West Coast of the United States overnight and pissing off a lot of Canadians. Seriously, the ''Canadian government tried to intervene and block the trade'', showing how much SeriousBusiness hockey is in Canada. Gretzky also got married to American actress Janet Jones just a few months before, thus, many Oilers fans misblamed her for using her acting career as an incentive for Wayne to move to Los Angeles, thus making Jones [[YokoOhNo hockey's equivalent of Yoko Ono]]. After he was unable to secure a cup win in Los Angeles in '93 and not getting along with the new Kings owners, Wayne then went to the St. Louis Blues. Don't remember that? You weren't missing much, because not even a year later, he went to the New York Rangers, where he played until he closed out his career in 1999. His number 99 was retired pretty much immediately ''league-wide'' after he stopped playing, the only number so honoured, and he was inducted to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2000.

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Won 4 [[UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup Stanley Cups]] with Edmonton, then in 1988, came “The Trade”. He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, effectively making hockey extremely popular on the West Coast of the United States overnight and pissing off a lot of Canadians. Seriously, the ''Canadian government tried to intervene and block the trade'', showing how much SeriousBusiness hockey is in Canada. Gretzky also got married to American actress Janet Jones just a few months before, thus, many Oilers fans misblamed her for using her acting career as an incentive for Wayne to move to Los Angeles, thus making Jones [[YokoOhNo hockey's equivalent of Yoko Ono]].Angeles. After he was unable to secure a cup win in Los Angeles in '93 and not getting along with the new Kings owners, Wayne then went to the St. Louis Blues. Don't remember that? You weren't missing much, because not even a year later, he went to the New York Rangers, where he played until he closed out his career in 1999. His number 99 was retired pretty much immediately ''league-wide'' after he stopped playing, the only number so honoured, and he was inducted to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2000.

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* HumbleHero: See below.


* AwesomenessByAnalysis: See the page quote above. In his childhood years, his father always told him to "skate where the puck is going, not where it had been". This would later prove to be a contributing factor to him growing up to become the league's smartest player to ever set skate on the ice.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: See the page quote above. He has said in interviews that he didn't have size, strength, or speed on his side, so he had to make up for it with smarts. In his childhood years, his father always told him to "skate where the puck is going, not where it had been". This would later prove to be a contributing factor to him growing up to become the league's smartest player to ever set skate on the ice.


* AnOfficerAndAGentleman: In the figurative sense. Gretzky was both an awesome player and a fine gentleman, having won the Lady Byng Trophy (for most sportsmanlike play) 5 times in his career.

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* AnOfficerAndAGentleman: OfficerAndAGentleman: In the figurative sense. Gretzky was both an awesome player and a fine gentleman, having won the Lady Byng Trophy (for most sportsmanlike play) 5 times in his career.


'''Wayne Douglas Gretzky''', born February 26, 1961, is a former {{NHL}} player for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers. Considered by almost everyone to be the greatest hockey player of all time. Known simply as “The Great One”. The guy has broken so many records that if we were to list them here, the reader of this article would be here forever. Here is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Wayne_Gretzky#Records_update The Other Wiki's]] list of his records. Extremely well liked by hockey fans all over for his excellent playing, his apparent love and dedication to the game, [[StupidSexyFlanders good looks]], and being one of the [[NiceGuy nicest hockey players ever]]. Seriously, when Gretzky actually fought someone, '''hell froze over'''.

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'''Wayne Douglas Gretzky''', born February 26, 1961, is a former {{NHL}} UsefulNotes/{{NHL}} player for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers. Considered by almost everyone to be the greatest hockey player of all time. Known simply as “The Great One”. The guy has broken so many records that if we were to list them here, the reader of this article would be here forever. Here is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Wayne_Gretzky#Records_update The Other Wiki's]] list of his records. Extremely well liked by hockey fans all over for his excellent playing, his apparent love and dedication to the game, [[StupidSexyFlanders good looks]], and being one of the [[NiceGuy nicest hockey players ever]]. Seriously, when Gretzky actually fought someone, '''hell froze over'''.


Won 4 Stanley Cups with Edmonton, then in 1988, came “The Trade”. He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, effectively making hockey extremely popular on the West Coast of the United States overnight and pissing off a lot of Canadians. Seriously, the ''Canadian government tried to intervene and block the trade'', showing how much SeriousBusiness hockey is in Canada. Gretzky also got married to American actress Janet Jones just a few months before, thus, many Oilers fans misblamed her for using her acting career as an incentive for Wayne to move to Los Angeles, thus making Jones [[YokoOhNo hockey's equivalent of Yoko Ono]]. After he was unable to secure a cup win in Los Angeles in '93 and not getting along with the new Kings owners, Wayne then went to the St. Louis Blues. Don't remember that? You weren't missing much, because not even a year later, he went to the New York Rangers, where he played until he closed out his career in 1999. His number 99 was retired pretty much immediately ''league-wide'' after he stopped playing, the only number so honoured, and he was inducted to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2000.

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Won 4 [[UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup Stanley Cups Cups]] with Edmonton, then in 1988, came “The Trade”. He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, effectively making hockey extremely popular on the West Coast of the United States overnight and pissing off a lot of Canadians. Seriously, the ''Canadian government tried to intervene and block the trade'', showing how much SeriousBusiness hockey is in Canada. Gretzky also got married to American actress Janet Jones just a few months before, thus, many Oilers fans misblamed her for using her acting career as an incentive for Wayne to move to Los Angeles, thus making Jones [[YokoOhNo hockey's equivalent of Yoko Ono]]. After he was unable to secure a cup win in Los Angeles in '93 and not getting along with the new Kings owners, Wayne then went to the St. Louis Blues. Don't remember that? You weren't missing much, because not even a year later, he went to the New York Rangers, where he played until he closed out his career in 1999. His number 99 was retired pretty much immediately ''league-wide'' after he stopped playing, the only number so honoured, and he was inducted to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2000.

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* TookALevelInBadass: He likes to tell the story of his first trip to the Stanley Cup Final, in 1983 against the defending champion [[BadassCrew New York Islanders]]. Gretzky liked the Oilers’ chances – they did have Wayne Gretzky, after all – but the Islanders [[CurbStompBattle swept them in four games]]. He and his teammates sat in the locker room trying to figure out what just happened; then they walked to their team bus just as the Islanders were walking, or more accurately [[AlmostDeadGuy limping]], to theirs. As Gretzky puts it, “that’s when the light bulb came on”. He saw, first-hand, that the Islanders had pushed themselves a lot harder. It’s safe to say the lesson sunk in: Gretzky and the Oilers would win four of the next five Stanley Cups.


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* NiceGuyNiceGuy: He was renowned for being respectful to everyone on and off the ice and simply focused on playing a clean game. Trying to rough him up on the ice pretty much guaranteed that his team's enforcers would come down on the offender harder than usual.




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* WeakButSkilled: He had a fairly average physique during his playing days but his ability to visualize puck movement and see openings made him virtually unstoppable on the ice.


* TheAce: See the records on TheOtherWiki? Gretzky either set them or broke them throughout his career, to say nothing of his outstanding skills.

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* TheAce: See the records on TheOtherWiki? Wiki/TheOtherWiki? Gretzky either set them or broke them throughout his career, to say nothing of his outstanding skills.


Very popular with endorsements, promoting companies like Coca-Cola, Domino's Pizza, and Sharp Electronics just to name a few. Also made his mark on video games with Midway's ''Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey'' (basically the NHL answer for ''VideoGame/NBAJam'') and 989 Studio's ''Gretzky NHL'' games on the PlayStation2 and PlayStationPortable.

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Very popular with endorsements, promoting companies like Coca-Cola, Domino's Pizza, and Sharp Electronics just to name a few. Also made his mark on video games with Midway's ''Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey'' (basically the NHL answer for ''VideoGame/NBAJam'') and 989 Studio's ''Gretzky NHL'' games on the PlayStation2 UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 and PlayStationPortable.
UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable.


* AnOfficerAndAGentleman: In the figurative sense. Greztky was both an awesome player and a fine gentleman, having won the Lady Byng Trophy (for most sportsmanlike play) 5 times in his career.

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* AnOfficerAndAGentleman: In the figurative sense. Greztky Gretzky was both an awesome player and a fine gentleman, having won the Lady Byng Trophy (for most sportsmanlike play) 5 times in his career.


* AwesomenessByAnalysis: See the page quote above. In his childhood years, his father always told him to "get where the puck is going, not where it had been". This would later prove to be a contributing factor to him growing up to become the league's smartest player to ever set skate on the ice.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: See the page quote above. In his childhood years, his father always told him to "get "skate where the puck is going, not where it had been". This would later prove to be a contributing factor to him growing up to become the league's smartest player to ever set skate on the ice.

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