There are many Canadians worthy of the ‘Greatest Canadian’ title, and Wayne Gretzky would be one of them. Wayne Gretzky was born January 26, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario to parents Walter and Phyllis Gretzky. Wayne started playing peewee hockey when he was six years old and twenty short years later he was the most dominant force the game of hockey had ever seen. He overcame many obstacles proving to everyone he could make it to the National Hockey League. Wayne Gretzky is ultimately the greatest Canadian. First of all, he was named the greatest player in the NHL in 1998. Secondly, Wayne broke and set many records becoming an inspiration to all rookie hockey players. Most importantly, Wayne Gretzky was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2002.
By setting and breaking many records in the world of hockey Wayne became an inspiration to all rookie hockey players. By the time Wayne was eight years old he had turned into a scoring machine scoring an astonishing 378 goals in 82 games! (“Gretzky History.”) NHL.com. 1 June 2008 http://www.nhl.com/hockeyu/history/gretzky/99reasons.html>.)
Wayne whipped through Canada’s junior leagues and by the time he was 17 he was playing with teams such as the Indianapolis Races and the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association. He received several awards like the Hart Trophy, MVP, and the Lady Bying for most gentlemanly player. Wayne went on to become the all-time leading scorer in NHL history. Wayne became such a successful hockey player that he earned himself the nickname, “The Great One”. During Wayne Gretzky’s career he won four Stanley Cups while playing for the Edmonton Oilers in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988. He also made it to the finals two other times, once in 1983 with Edmonton and in 1993 playing for the Los Angeles Kings, barley missing the cup each time. (Hockey Fans.” Wayne Gretzky.”) 1 Jun 2008 . Wayne proved to everyone he could make it to the NHL and inspires others to do the same.
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Wayne Gretzky was named the greatest player in the NHL in 1998. This may have been Wayne’s first MVP award but it definitely wasn’t his last. Wayne went on to receive 7 more in a row. (“Biography of Wayne Gretzky.”) IMBd. 1 Jun 2008 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002115/bio>.)
The term MVP is used to describe the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest. Wayne fulfilled that definition entirely by not only obtaining that award but also received the Hart Memorial Trophy and tied for leading scorer the same year. Over the years Wayne earned such nicknames as “The Great One” and “The Greatest Player of All Time” by fellow team-mates coaches and sport writers. Wayne proved his critics wrong and there is undoubtedly no one more deserving of the MVP award.
Wayne Gretzky was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2002. The Canadian Walk of Fame acknowledges the achievements and accomplishments of successful Canadians. To many people his induction into the walk came as no surprise seeing how he had already held or shared 61 NHL records prior to his retirement on April 18, 1999. (“Wayne Gretzky: Greatness Ascendant.”) NHL.com. 1 Jun 2008 . )
Gretzky is not only famous for he skill at the game of hockey but also for the charity work he has done. A trip to Gretzky’s fantasy camp raised $9,510 for tsunami survivors and relief efforts. Wayne Gretzky also founded the Wayne Gretzky Foundation. This is a charity that is used to teach less fortunate kids important life skills through sports. Including Wayne Gretzky in the Walk of Fame was an obvious choice for Canada to make seeing how he has accomplished so many things over the years.
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Wayne Gretzky is, without a doubt, the greatest Canadian. He set or broke over 61 NHL records. He was awarded the MVP title in 1998. Finally, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2002. All in all Wayne has been and inspiration to people all across Canada and has contributed and improved the game of hockey. This is a man you will never forget.