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Wayne Gretzky, often referred to as “The Great One,” is considered one of the greatest ice hockey players in history.
Here are some of his major accomplishments:
Gretzky holds numerous scoring records in the National Hockey League (NHL), including most career goals (894), assists (1,963), and points (2,857). His point total is more than 900 points ahead of the second-highest scorer in NHL history.
Stanley Cup Championships
The Canadian won four Stanley Cup championships during his career, three with the Edmonton Oilers (1984, 1985, 1987) and one with the New York Rangers (1994).
He received the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player nine times and the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer ten times.
Lady Byng Trophy
Gretzky was known for his sportsmanship and won the Lady Byng Trophy, which is awarded for sportsmanship and high playing ability, five times.
He was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game more than 16 times during his career.
Gretzky’s career achievements include being named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team 15 times and the Second All-Star Team twice.
He represented Canada in several international competitions, including the Canada Cup and the Winter Olympics, helping the Canadian team win the Canada Cup in 1984.
Records as a Player-Coach
Gretzky served as a player-coach for the Phoenix Coyotes during the later years of his career, becoming the first player-coach in the NHL since 1947.
Retired Jersey Numbers
Gretzky’s jersey number, 99, was retired by the NHL in honor of his contributions to the sport. It is the only jersey number retired league-wide.
Beyond his on-ice success, Gretzky’s impact on the popularization of hockey in the United States and his role as a global ambassador for the sport cannot be overstated.