Its never to late to say happy birthday, especially to the “Great One” also known as Wayne Gretzky. On January 26, 2016 the NHL Hall of Famer turned 55 years old. The four time Stanley Cup Winner was born in Brantford, Canada in 1961 and was already on the ice skating by the age of two. Although he retired in 1999, its impossible to look at the number #99 to this day with out thinking of the Great One.
Even if you don’t follow hockey I find it hard to believe that you have never herd of Wayne Gretzky, he is to hockey as Babe Ruth was to baseball. Gretzky has influenced the game of hockey with his speed, vision, creativity, heart and passion. Playing for four NHL teams ( Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers) he is still to this day one of the greatest players to ever play the game of hockey.
On the ice he is a born star and teammate, but even off the ice he still had the ability to connect to people, influence people and motivate people. Gretzky is famous for how great he was in his carrier and all the records he set, but he also has famous for quotes he said that you still hear to this day.
Next year be sure to check to your calendar and make sure you don’t miss the Great One’s birthday again. We thank you Wayne for everything you have done for the game of hockey, you may wear number #99 on your jersey but you will always be number one in our hockey filled hearts.
-Happy birthday Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky #99