99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story by Al Strachan
By Al Strachan
Even if donning his Edmonton oil-drop, the black and silver colors of L.A., or the well-known Rangers sweater from manhattan, all hockey fanatics agree that Wayne Gretzky was once the easiest hockey participant of all time. His aspect totals, his puck keep an eye on, and the style within which he carried out himself either off and on the ice mirrored the superior of the sport.
you cannot discuss Gretzky with out conversing approximately his files and achievements: 50 ambitions in exactly 39 video games, nine Hart Trophies, 10 artwork Ross Trophies, four Stanley Cups, 215 issues in one season, and, after all, retiring with 2856 issues. every one checklist is a impressive success by means of the game's such a lot awesome participant, and every should be damaged down during this publication.
released with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written together with his cooperation, this is often the Gretzky biography that his enthusiasts have so anxiously awaited. Veteran activities journalist Al Strachan has loved an exceptionally shut friendship with Gretzky for good over 25 years, and through this time Strachan has pronounced on each element of his specialist occupation. the 2 have spent hundreds of thousands of hours conversing concerning the online game and such information as Wayne's movement to L.A., coping with the 2002 Canadian Olympic group and training in Phoenix. Their shut friendship has provided every one guy the chance to debate the sport that they either love, and during this e-book Strachan takes readers on a such a lot extraordinary trip and information the lifetime of Wayne Gretzky love it hasn't ever been informed.
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And he always said that kids can be taught to handle pressure. “He says that he really believes that I learned it all. ” In other words, even Walter Gretzky, the world’s leading authority on the talents of Wayne Gretzky, espouses different theories at different times. Wayne himself concedes that he always loved to skate, but he was not one of those people who felt gifted the first time he was exposed to his sport. When he was learning to skate, he fell down as often as every other child who finds himself in that situation.
I then got to know the Wayne Gretzky that Al Strachan knew and admired – though I would never know him as well as Al. The incredible friendship between the game’s greatest player and the game’s most controversial commentator was something to behold. Gretzky is renowned for his diplomacy on all matters concerning hockey. He has always been careful to avoid controversy, endlessly polite and quick to offer the benefit of the doubt. Not so Strach. Al is one of those people with no built-in governor.
I pointed out the error of his ways and we laughed about it. The next day, I teased him about it. When you’re Wayne Gretzky, most people, with the exception of most of your teammates, treat you like royalty. To have someone make fun of you, however lightly, opens a new door in the relationship. You can get angry and slam that door, or you can laugh and go marching through it. Gretzky opted for the latter. Face to face, I have often made fun of him. He makes fun of himself. ” But I never made fun of him in print.