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“The Great One” weaves memories of his legendary career with an inside look at the sport of professional hockey, and the heroes and stories that inspired him.

From minor-hockey phenomenon to Hall of Fame sensation, Wayne Gretzky rewrote the record books, his accomplishments becoming the stuff of legend. Dubbed “The Great One,” he is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player who ever lived. No one has seen more of the game than he has—but he has never discussed in depth just what it was he saw.

For the first time, Gretzky discusses candidly what the game looks like to him and introduces us to the people who inspired and motivated him: mentors, teammates, rivals, the famous and the lesser known. Weaving together lives and moments from an extraordinary career, he reflects on the players who inflamed his imagination when he was a kid, the way he himself figured in the dreams of so many who came after; takes us onto the ice and into the dressing rooms to meet the friends who stood by him and the rivals who spurred him to greater heights; shows us some of the famous moments in hockey history through the eyes of someone who regularly made that history.

Warm, direct, and revelatory, it is a book that gives us number 99, the man and the player, like never before.


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Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed “The Great One,” is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player ever. He is the leading scorer in NHL history, and is the only NHL player to total more than two hundred points in one season—a feat he accomplished four times. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held sixty-one separate NHL records (forty regular season, fifteen playoff, and six All-Star)—and still holds most of them today. His honors include 31 Hart, Art Ross, Conn Smythe, Lester B. Pearson, and Lady Byng trophies and awards.

His teams included the Edmonton Oilers (1979–1988, including four Stanley Cups), the Los Angeles Kings (1988–1996, including a Stanley Cup final), the St. Louis Blues (1996), and the New York Rangers (1996–1999). Following his retirement, he became the ninth and final player to be ushered into the Hall of Fame with no waiting period, and the first to have his jersey number retired league-wide.

Among his activities since, he has been minority owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and executive director of Canada’s 2002 gold medal-winning men’s hockey team, and is a restaurateur, winemaker, and philanthropist with his own Wayne Gretzky Foundation. He lives with his family in Westlake Village, California.
 
Kirstie McLellan Day is the coauthor of the Canadian bestselling hockey memoirs Cornered (HarperCollins, 2011), with Ron MacLean; Playing with Fire (Triumph, 2010), with Theo Fleury; and Tough Guy (Triumph, 2009), with Bob Probert. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.


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Tired Parent
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"Jesus saves! (But Gretzky scores on rebound.)"
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2019
Not only could he skate... Not only could he score... As it turns out, he can also write! The book is an absolutely unputdownable tour de force of sports literature genre. Probably the most eloquent summary of what the book is all about can be gleaned not from the... See more
Not only could he skate... Not only could he score... As it turns out, he can also write!
The book is an absolutely unputdownable tour de force of sports literature genre. Probably the most eloquent summary of what the book is all about can be gleaned not from the literary reviewers, but from the author himself: "I was lucky enough to play with guys who were in the league [NHL] in the 50''s and 60''s... I am just one guy, and I was on ice with players who had skated in eight different decades. Through coaches and teammates and guys on other teams ... I made connections to many more. Every player does. Recently, the sons of the guys who were in the league with me have been showing up in the NHL. That''s just one more way that the stories of our game come together."
And what stories! Written in a language that is as lively as the game itself, Wayne Gretzky tells the story of the game, players, coaches, managers, owners, teams, arenas, leagues, cities, and even countries... Yes, it is one story of all these many things: from the fabled "Miracle on Ice" (USA vs. USSR, 1980), to heartbreak on ice (LA Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens, 1993); from the humble beginnings of the game in North America, to it''s expansion into Europe and formation of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League... What is the smallest hockey arena in NHL? ... Why is Smythe Trophy, named "Smythe" tropy?... Why is Stanley Cup, "Stanley" cup?... As it turns out, when it comes to hockey, every inside story has an inside story of its own, and there is no one better to tell it than Wayne Gretzky.
Personally, one of the most striking features of the book is the style of its narrative. The tone is that of someone who does not need to boast of his accomplishments. It is as if the reader is lucky enough to listen to "one of the guys." And, IMHO, it is that sense of humility that truly earns Mr. Gretzky the title of "The Great One."
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Gretzky Scores Again!
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2016
Even the casual hockey fan knows the name and the legend of Wayne Gretzky and it''s hard to separate the person from his reputation as The Great One. This is a wonderful book because it celebrates Gretzky''s love and reverence for the game by examining the 99 year history of... See more
Even the casual hockey fan knows the name and the legend of Wayne Gretzky and it''s hard to separate the person from his reputation as The Great One. This is a wonderful book because it celebrates Gretzky''s love and reverence for the game by examining the 99 year history of the NHL through the eyes of its greatest player. The stories of the players that made hockey such a wonderful sport through the early years are interspersed with Gretzky''s stories of how those players impacted his development as a person and as a player. As such, this book is not only a terrific work of sports history, but also a fabulous autobiography that yields compelling insights into Gretzky himself. Much like Gordie Howe''s autobiography, Mr. Hockey, I was left with an overwhelming sense of just how down to earth some sports superstars can be. Rather than extolling their own virtues, these players constantly talk about Gratitude. It''s all about how grateful they are to their parents, coaches, teammates and their fans. If you are sick and tired of the typical ego-maniacal professional athlete, read this book for a breath of fresh air.
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I''m a Sports Hypnotherapist who works with hockey players on the mental game of hockey and I love this hockey book
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017
I''m a Sports Hypnotherapist who works with hockey players on the mental game of hockey. I bought this the day it came out because I''m writing a book on the mental game of hockey that I can give to my clients and thought this was great timing to read this hockey book.... See more
I''m a Sports Hypnotherapist who works with hockey players on the mental game of hockey. I bought this the day it came out because I''m writing a book on the mental game of hockey that I can give to my clients and thought this was great timing to read this hockey book. There are 95 hockey stories in this book. 90 of them are GREAT and so vivid that you can smell the ice. 2 of the stories are ok and 3 of them suck. But thats ok because when you do the math on the price per story its still a great deal. I love how Wayne tells about his passion of hockey, discusses Gordie Howe playing different teams and games and more.

If you are looking for tips. This isnt really the book for that but he does discuss how it comes down to Aggressiveness, passion and hard work of course.
Hockey fans and players will love this awesome hockey book by Wayne Gretzky, " The Great One"
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Bob Rushok
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Absolutely GREAT book!
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2019
I absolutely loved this book - it starts with some amazing stories from the old history of hockey, most very interesting and heartwarming - it appears to me that Wayne Gretzky found a way to mention every single great old star of the game along with many current stars too.... See more
I absolutely loved this book - it starts with some amazing stories from the old history of hockey, most very interesting and heartwarming - it appears to me that Wayne Gretzky found a way to mention every single great old star of the game along with many current stars too. The book later goes on Into some of the stories from Gretzky''s career too. All told, an absolutely great book!
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Michael Semiao
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History
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2017
I was surprised that this book ended up in many ways as a historical reference point for the sport of hockey. Pleasantly surprised. The book does cover the career of "99" but does not shy away from the long and deep history of the great sport which is hockey. Well worth... See more
I was surprised that this book ended up in many ways as a historical reference point for the sport of hockey. Pleasantly surprised. The book does cover the career of "99" but does not shy away from the long and deep history of the great sport which is hockey. Well worth your time.
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JOCELYN VILLONGCO
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Great read, even for someone who knows nothing about hockey
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2017
I don''t know much about the game and have a hard time following when I watch, but this book is a page-turner. The stories are so entertaining and I appreciate learning a bit about the game''s history in between the stories. The book reads so easily and makes Gretzky comes... See more
I don''t know much about the game and have a hard time following when I watch, but this book is a page-turner. The stories are so entertaining and I appreciate learning a bit about the game''s history in between the stories. The book reads so easily and makes Gretzky comes across as a nice, down-to-earth, sensible, and humble man.
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A good history of hockey
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2017
The book chronicles the development of hockey in North America with many personal anecdotes of individual players. It provides a rough framework of the development of the NHL. That said, Wayne is a far better hockey player than he is a writer.
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Wilson
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The books focus isn''t Gretzky. It is all different storeis since the start of professional hockey.
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2017
Without doing proper reading about what the book was about before buying it I expected all of the stories to be about Gretzky''s career. This book is about the history of hockey and all of its great players.
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Megan
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Great Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 10, 2017
Bought this as a gift for my husband and he can''t put it down, he is learning more of the games history and it has a lot of interesting anecdotes.
Bought this as a gift for my husband and he can''t put it down, he is learning more of the games history and it has a lot of interesting anecdotes.
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Must read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 5, 2018
A must read for any ice hockey fan
A must read for any ice hockey fan
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Great book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2020
Great book.
Great book.
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Many hockey experts have said #99''s greatest skill is his thinking or problem solving---this comes through ...
Reviewed in Canada on November 6, 2016
A look back over 99 years of NHL history, but with practical takeaways with the stories/color Gretzky shares. Many hockey experts have said #99''s greatest skill is his thinking or problem solving---this comes through in spades. This book and its life lessons or take aways...See more
A look back over 99 years of NHL history, but with practical takeaways with the stories/color Gretzky shares. Many hockey experts have said #99''s greatest skill is his thinking or problem solving---this comes through in spades. This book and its life lessons or take aways from each chapter could not only benefit a hockey fan, but anyone who wants to fill their soul with nuggets.
A look back over 99 years of NHL history, but with practical takeaways with the stories/color Gretzky shares. Many hockey experts have said #99''s greatest skill is his thinking or problem solving---this comes through in spades. This book and its life lessons or take aways from each chapter could not only benefit a hockey fan, but anyone who wants to fill their soul with nuggets.
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Lorenzo
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Grande libro per appassionati di hockey
Reviewed in Italy on October 1, 2020
Un meraviglioso atto d''amore del più grande giocatore di hockey di tutti i tempi verso lo sport che lo ha consacrato al rango di celebrità immortale. In questo libro Wayne Gretzky attraversa l''intera storia di questo sport, dai suoi albori ai giorni moderni, regalando...See more
Un meraviglioso atto d''amore del più grande giocatore di hockey di tutti i tempi verso lo sport che lo ha consacrato al rango di celebrità immortale. In questo libro Wayne Gretzky attraversa l''intera storia di questo sport, dai suoi albori ai giorni moderni, regalando storie, aneddoti, curiosità "behind the game" che faranno la gioia di tutti gli appassionati. Gli Original six. I Canadiens. Gli Hawks. I Bruins. La Canada Cup. I giochi olimpici. E tanti tanti episodi fondamentali nello sviluppo dell''hockey, raccontati da chi li ha vissuti da "dentro", o comunque da vicino. So che questo libro non attrarrà l''interesse del grande pubblico, vista la pressochè inesistente diffusione dell''hockey ghiaccio in Italia, ma sono sicuro che i fans apprezzeranno quest''incredibile prova di amore verso il gioco da parte di "the great one", io non posso far altro che consigliarlo a tutti. Servizio Amazon come sempre impeccabile, l''articolo è stato ricevuto in condizioni perfette e nei tempi previsti.
Un meraviglioso atto d''amore del più grande giocatore di hockey di tutti i tempi verso lo sport che lo ha consacrato al rango di celebrità immortale. In questo libro Wayne Gretzky attraversa l''intera storia di questo sport, dai suoi albori ai giorni moderni, regalando storie, aneddoti, curiosità "behind the game" che faranno la gioia di tutti gli appassionati.
Gli Original six. I Canadiens. Gli Hawks. I Bruins. La Canada Cup. I giochi olimpici. E tanti tanti episodi fondamentali nello sviluppo dell''hockey, raccontati da chi li ha vissuti da "dentro", o comunque da vicino.

So che questo libro non attrarrà l''interesse del grande pubblico, vista la pressochè inesistente diffusione dell''hockey ghiaccio in Italia, ma sono sicuro che i fans apprezzeranno quest''incredibile prova di amore verso il gioco da parte di "the great one", io non posso far altro che consigliarlo a tutti.

Servizio Amazon come sempre impeccabile, l''articolo è stato ricevuto in condizioni perfette e nei tempi previsti.
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