Paulina Gretzky: Golf Digest defends making her cover girl

Paulina Gretzky: Golf Digest defends making her cover girl

NEW YORK, April 4 (UPI) -- Golf Digest said it chose Paulina Gretzky for April cover because her boyfriend is Dustin Johnson.
Danielle Haynes
Jared Leto thanks 'future ex-wife' Lupita Nyong'o at Independent Spirit Awards

Jared Leto thanks 'future ex-wife' Lupita Nyong'o at Independent Spirit Awards

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- Jared Leto took home an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Kate Stanton

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.
By United Press International

Gretzky statues vandalized in his hometown, Brantford, Ontario

BRANTFORD, Ontario, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Statutes of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, installed in this week in his hometown of Brantford, Ontario, were vandalized with spray paint, police said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.
By United Press International

Dustin Johnson pops question to Paulina Gretzky

GREENSBORO, N.C., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- PGA golfer Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, announced their engagement this weekend.
Ovechkin, Crosby take home NHL honors

Ovechkin, Crosby take home NHL honors

CHICAGO, June 16 (UPI) -- Washington's Alex Ovechkin collected his third Hart Trophy, which is symbolic of being the NHL's Most Valuable Player.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
By United Press International

NHL: Edmonton 4, Vancouver 0

EDMONTON, Alberta, March 31 (UPI) -- Taylor Hall notched a first-period hat trick and goalie Devan Dubnyk was flawless for Edmonton Saturday in the Oilers' 4-0 win over Vancouver.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.
By United Press International

Unveiling set for Kareem's Staples statue

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be the next Los Angeles sports star to be immortalized with a statue outside Staples Center, the Lakers announced.

Lakers to retire O'Neal, Wilkes jerseys

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers announced plans to retire the jerseys of Shaquille O'Neal and Jamaal Wilkes this season.

Seabirds studied for clues to human aging

SALZBURG, Austria, July 3 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say they're studying diving seabirds in Hudson Bay to better understand the aging process.
Page 1 of 11
Wayne Gretzky
VAN99100204 - 02 OCTOBER 1999 - VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA: Wayne Gretzky makes a personal appearance at the conclusion of the Wayne Gretzky Collection Fall Fashion Show at The Bay in downtown Vancouver, October 2. jr/hr/H. Ruckemann UPI

Wayne Douglas Gretzky, CC LLD (hc) (pronounced /ˈɡrɛtski/; born January 26, 1961) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player and former ice hockey coach. Nicknamed "The Great One", he is generally regarded as the best player in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. Upon his retirement on April 18, 1999, he held forty regular-season records, fifteen playoff records, and six All-Star records. He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. Gretzky's jersey number, 99, has been retired by all teams in the National Hockey League. He was voted one of six players to the International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) Centennial All-Star Team in a poll conducted by a group of 56 experts from 16 countries.

Born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, Gretzky honed his skills at a backyard rink and regularly played minor hockey at a level far above his peers. Despite his unimpressive stature, strength and speed, Gretzky's intelligence and reading of the game were unrivaled. He was adept at dodging checks from opposing players, and he could consistently anticipate where the puck was going to be and execute the right move at the right time. Gretzky also became known for setting up behind the net, an area that was nicknamed "Gretzky's office" because of his skills there.

In 1978, he signed with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association (WHA), where he briefly played before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. When the WHA folded, the Oilers joined the NHL, where he established many scoring records and led his team to four Stanley Cup championships. His trade to the Los Angeles Kings on August 9, 1988, had an immediate impact on the team's performance, eventually leading them to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, and is credited with popularizing hockey in California. Gretzky played briefly for the St. Louis Blues and finished his career with the New York Rangers. In his career, Gretzky captured nine Hart Trophies as the most valuable player, ten Art Ross Trophies for most points in a season, five Lady Byng Trophies for sportsmanship and performance, five Lester B. Pearson Awards, and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Wayne Gretzky."
Most Popular
Molly Ringwald's daughter channels 'Sixteen Candles' character
Justin Bieber compares fender bender to Princess Diana's car crash
Ashlee Simpson celebrates fiance Evan Ross' birthday with his mother Diana Ross
Jenelle Evans balances 'Teen Mom 2' with homework
Karrueche Tran apologizes for Blue Ivy hair remark