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53 Facts About Wayne Gretzky
2. Wayne Gretzky won a record nine Hart Trophies as the most valuable player in the NHL.
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4. In 2014, Wayne Gretzky praised Harper at a United for Ukraine Gala event in Toronto calling him "one of the greatest prime ministers ever".
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7. Wayne Gretzky has owned or partnered in the ownership of two sports teams before becoming a partner in the Phoenix Coyotes.
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9. In December 2016, Wayne Gretzky appeared briefly in a cameo on a Christmas episode of The Simpsons as a winter character.
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13. Wayne Gretzky was one of four who lit the cauldron at BC Place Stadium during the opening ceremony and then jogged out of the stadium, where he was then driven by police escorts through the streets of downtown Vancouver to light a second, outdoor cauldron near the Vancouver Convention Centre located in the city's downtown waterfront district.
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14. Wayne Gretzky was the final Olympic torchbearer at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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15. Wayne Gretzky went to Prague, Czech Republic and was part of the presentation team.
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16. Wayne Gretzky served as an ambassador and contributor in Vancouver winning the bidding process to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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21. Wayne Gretzky was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in 2017.
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25. Wayne Gretzky consistently scored last in strength tests among the Edmonton Oilers, bench pressing only 140 pounds.
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32. Wayne Gretzky made his first international appearance as a member of the Canadian national junior team at the 1978 World Junior Championships in Montreal, Quebec.
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33. Wayne Gretzky told journalist Scott Morrison that the final game of his career was his greatest day.
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36. Wayne Gretzky said he would have voted Bobby Orr or Gordie Howe as the best of all time.
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37. Wayne Gretzky ended his professional playing career with the New York Rangers, where he played his final three seasons and helped the team reach the Eastern Conference Finals in 1997.
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38. On February 27, 1996, Wayne Gretzky joined the St Louis Blues in a trade for Patrice Tardif, Roman Vopat, Craig Johnson and two draft picks.
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42. Wayne Gretzky held a press conference one day after being awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, criticizing the NHL for punishing teams and players who previously benefited.
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47. Wayne Gretzky was born on January 26, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario, the son of Phyllis Leone and Walter Gretzky.
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49. Wayne Gretzky became executive director for the Canadian national men's hockey team during the 2002 Winter Olympics, in which the team won a gold medal.
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