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GLENDALE, Ariz., May 16 (UPI) -- Jeff Carter scored a hat trick to back Jonathan Quick's shutout Tuesday and the Los Angeles Kings beat Phoenix 4-0 for a 2-0 conference finals lead.

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Global warming called threat to ice hockey

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OTTAWA, March 6 (UPI) -- The future of Canada's iconic national sport -- ice hockey -- is under threat from human-caused climate change, researchers say.

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NHL: New York Rangers 4, Vancouver 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Henrik Lundqvist racked up 40 saves Tuesday to lead New York past Vancouver 4-0 for the Rangers' first win of the season.

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Cubs draft son of hockey's Wayne Gretzky

CHICAGO, June 7 (UPI) -- The Chicago Cubs said Tuesday they have drafted high school first baseman Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey great Wayne Gretzky.
Gretzky record puck sells for $50K

Gretzky record puck sells for $50K

MONTREAL, April 3 (UPI) -- The hockey puck Wayne Gretzky used to score his record-breaking 1,851st NHL point sold for more than $50,000 in a Montreal-based online auction.
Gretzky on 50th birthday: 'Life goes on'

Gretzky on 50th birthday: 'Life goes on'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The hockey world Wednesday celebrated the 50th birthday of Wayne Gretzky, while the man himself, considered the game's greatest player, said it was no big deal.

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Judge rejects offers made in Coyotes sale

PHOENIX, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A bankruptcy judge Wednesday rejected a bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes by a Canadian businessman who had hoped to move the team to Hamilton, Ontario.
Gretzky resigns as Coyotes coach

Gretzky resigns as Coyotes coach

GLENDALE, Ariz., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky resigned Thursday as coach and director of hockey operations of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Canadian's vacation home an Arizona record

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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.

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