1. His family name starts with an “o.” The name of his grandfather is Walter, but Wayne’s name was changed to Wayne when he was born. When his father played professional hockey for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1970s, his name was Wayne Gretzky.
2. He still has the league’s fastest goal. The record of 87 seconds set by Gretzky in 1988 stands.
3. His last NHL goal came in the league’s 1995 Stanley Cup finals against the New York Rangers. After a career that brought him 10 scoring titles and a Stanley Cup title in 1988, Gretzky retired in 1996. He died of cancer on June 8, 2016, at the age of 83.
4. He was famous for playing with a team of younger players that members of the press often called the “Glory Era.” His team had a 43-8 record the season he won the Stanley Cup. But he later criticized himself for “losing the locker room” at the start of the 1990-91 season. Gretzky, who supported Donald Trump for president, said he only made the switch because “everybody else looked good to me.”
5. He was also a famous gambler. He was banned from his last professional team, the Philadelphia Flyers, after he was investigated for betting on the Edmonton Oilers to win in the 1990 playoffs.
6. Before he became a hockey player, he was a yachtsman. Gretzky played for the Cunard Yacht Line’s America II.
7. He lived in Montreal, Ontario, Canada. Toronto was also where he lived, but the Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto team) were a rival with the team he played for, the Edmonton Oilers (Edmonton team).
8. He came from a hockey family. His mother was Judy Wilson. His father was Frank Gretzky. His grandfather was Walter Gretzky.
9. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
10. He married Janet Jones in 1978. She is the mother of his two sons, Trevor, 32, and Ryan, 32.