Whether wearing his Edmonton oil-drop, the black and silver colours of L.A., or the famous Rangers sweater from New York, all hockey fans agree that Wayne Gretzky was the best hockey player of all time. His point totals, his puck control, and the manner in which he conducted himself both on and off the ice reflected the very best of the game. You can't talk about Gretzky without talking about his records and achievements: 50 goals in just 39 games, 9 Hart Trophies, 10 Art Ross Trophies, 4 Stanley Cups, 215 points in a single season, and, of course, retiring with 2856 points. Each record is a remarkable achievement by the game's most remarkable player, and each will be broken down in this book. Published with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written with his cooperation, this is the Gretzky biography that his fans have so anxiously awaited. Veteran sports journalist Al Strachan has enjoyed an extremely close friendship with Gretzky for well over 25 years, and during this time Strachan has reported on every aspect of his professional career. The two have spent thousands of hours talking about the game and such details as Wayne's move to L.A., managing the 2002 Canadian Olympic team and coaching in Phoenix. Their close friendship has offered each man the opportunity to discuss the game that they both love, and in this book Strachan takes readers on a most remarkable journey and details the life of Wayne Gretzky like it has never been told.
About the Author
AL STRACHAN is the author of I m Not Making This Up and Go to the Net, and the co-author of Don Cherry s Hockey Stories and Stuff. He has appeared regularly on Hockey Night in Canada, Sirius Radio and FoxSports.com, and he has been writing about the NHL for more than thirty-five years.
Roy MacGregor is the bestselling author of "Home Team: Fathers, Sons, and Hockey" (shortlisted for the Governor General's Award), "Northern Light", and "Canadians". Currently, he is a regular columnist for the "Globe & Mail". His journalism has earned him four National Magazine Awards and two National Newspaper Awards. In 2012 he became a Media Honouree Hockey Hall of Fame. He lives in Ottawa.
Praise for Al Strachan: • "Al has always been able to reach out to fans from coast to coast in two countries and make them aware of what that feeling at the arena really is." Wayne Gretzky