May 17, 1987 |
Amid the array of glittering statistics associated with Wayne Gretzky's implausible hockey career, there is one number that sparkles more brightly than all the rest. He is 26 years old. How is it possible? How can anyone that age hold or share 41 individual NHL records? How can anyone that age already have 543 goals and 977 assists? How can anyone, any age, dominate a sport the way Wayne Gretzky has ruled hockey for the last eight seasons? The answer is not in his magical stick or his elusive form, but in his methodical mind.
June 19, 2015 |
DESPITE HIS famous surname, Trevor Gretzky plays baseball not hockey. And while he's not yet the Greatest, he's working on it. Trevor, the son of former NHL star Wayne Gretzky, plays leftfield for the Burlington (Iowa) Bees, the Angels' Class A affiliate. The 22-year-old tried to play his dad's sport, but said it wasn't for him. Which, apparently, was OK with the elder Gretzky. "My dad let me do what I wanted to do," Trevor told the Associated Press. "He never forced me to do anything.
March 4, 2016 |
HERE ARE some notable opposing players and their Philadelphia debuts. None of them won the game. * Wayne Gretzky, Nov. 15, 1979: Had two assists and was stopped on a first-period breakaway by Flyers goalie Phil Myre as the Flyers extended their unbeaten streak with a 5-3 win. They eventually stretched it to a record 35 games (25 wins, 10 ties). * Mark Messier, Nov. 15, 1979: Didn't register a point, but did get into a fight in the third period with John Paddock. * Mario Lemieux, Oct. 21, 1984: Registered an assist during a 4-2 Flyers win, but was described as "largely invisible" by Daily News beat writer Jay Greenberg.
February 14, 2006 |
Wayne Gretzky sidestepped questions about the gambling investigation that has engulfed him and his wife, and insisted he won't distract the Canadian Olympic team despite a scandal that has shaken all of hockey. Gretzky spoke for just 4 1/2 minutes in a news conference in Mississauga, Ontario, cut off by a Hockey Canada official when the NHL great repeatedly was asked about the integrity of the game. "That's not for me to talk about," Gretzky said. Gretzky's shoulders sagged at one point, and he reacted with a nervous laugh a couple of times.
January 16, 1996 |
The Los Angeles Kings intend to sign Wayne Gretzky to a contract extension and end speculation the superstar might be traded. "We are prepared to offer a contract extension as early as tomorrow to Gretzky's agent, Mike Barnett, to show our intent to keep him," Kings general manager Sam McMaster told Los Angeles radio station XTRA last night. McMaster's statements came after the team held a 4 1/2-hour organizational meeting yesterday that included the owners. Gretzky is scheduled to meet with team owners Edward Roski and Philip Anschutz today.
June 10, 1993 |
Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer, said last night that he might retire after 14 fabulous seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings. Gretzky's Kings ended their season last night by losing to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals at the Forum, and Gretzky said he and his wife, actress Janet Jones, would decide his future in the next few days. Gretzky said he expected to reach a decision before the June 26 player draft in Quebec.
August 20, 2013 |
MAYBE CURTIS Conway, the former NFL wide receiver, can give Dustin Johnson tips on what to do when you marry the Greatest Of All Time's daughter. Conway married Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali, in July 2007. The couple has two children and, by all accounts, a happy marriage. Yesterday, via Twitter (of course, how else would you break such precious and personal news?), Johnson tweeted that he and Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of Wayne Gretzky, are engaged. He tweeted "she said yes!
May 25, 1993 |
Six months ago he thought his hockey life was over. Dead. The Great One was 31, ancient for a hockey player, and was barely able to walk, never mind perform glorious tricks on skates. Wayne Gretzky was not the only one who thought he was washed up. His Los Angeles Kings teammates watched him hobble into the locker room and sit his bad back down on the hard bench in front of his dressing stall, and they, too, thought they had skated their last dance with The Great One. "It was a serious, serious matter," said Marty McSorley, the grizzly-bear defenseman who has thrown and taken more punches than most boxers as part of his role as The Great One's on-ice bodyguard.
March 31, 1994 |
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks came to Wayne Gretzky's party, and then they spoiled it. The expansion Ducks participated in last night's festivities honoring Gretzky for his all-time NHL scoring record, then used third period goals by Don McSween and Peter Douris to beat the host Kings, 5-2, at the Forum. Gretzky became the NHL's career goal scoring leader last week with No. 802, besting his lifelong idol, Gordie Howe. He received a standing ovation from 16,005 fans as his teammates tapped their sticks on the ice in appreciation.
February 17, 2015 |
ALL-STAR WEEKEND came and went without an appearance by Kobe Bryant. The Lakers star was selected an All-Star starter for the 17th season - his 16th consecutively - but was not in New York because he is recovering from season-ending surgery on his right rotator cuff. It is his third straight season-ending injury for the former Lower Merion High star, who turns 37 in August. Bryant discusses his future, and the team's, in an hour-long special "Kobe: The Interview" on NBA TV tonight at 9. "I can't say it is the end [of an era]