Why did Gretzky start playing hockey?
Born in Brantford, Ontario in 1961, Wayne Gretzky learned to skate on a rink his father Walter built in the family’s backyard. Practicing for hours on end, it was here that a young Gretzky developed the skating, shooting and stickhandling techniques that appeared instinctive to so many over the course of his career.
How old was Gretzky when he quit hockey?
Wayne Gretzky, the greatest hockey player of all time, retired at age 38, right before the conclusion of the 1998-99 NHL season. Having led the league in assists two of the past three seasons and having led the Rangers in scoring for the third straight season, he certainly retired when he was on top.
When did Gretzky play his first game?
His first game in the NHL came on October 10, 1979 versus the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. The Hawks would beat the Oilers 4-2, but Gretzky picked up one assist on a power play goal by Kevin Lowe.