Today is NHL icon Wayne Gretzky’s 59th birthday; a holiday I celebrate every year. The man has always been my idol, and his Edmonton Oilers sweater was the first hockey jersey I ever owned.
Wayne Douglas Gretzky CC (January 26, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed “The Great One”, he has been called “the greatest hockey player ever” by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself.
Gretzky is the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and assists than any other player. He garnered more assists than any other player scored total points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, Gretzky tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular season records, 15 playoff records, and 6 All-Star records.
Oh, and since his daughter Paulina is crazy hot, I posted a photo of her below the fold. Just because.
Paulina has an on-again-off-again relationship with PGA golfer Dustin Johnson, who allegedly cheated on her. He. Cheated. On. HER!