Wayne Gretzky
Duncan, Age 13, Easton, CT

Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, is the most recognized name in the National Hockey League (NHL).  He is the greatest hockey legend that has ever put a skate on a sheet of ice.  He is number one in most hockey records, such as career points and hat tricks.  He has also won many hockey awards, such as the Art Ross, Hart Memorial, Conn Smythe, Lester Patrick and the Lady Byng trophies.  He has played on the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and the Canadian Olympic Ice Hockey team.  His legendary number 99 is also famous.

Wayne was born in Brantford, Ontario and probably lived the most famous childhood of any other athlete.  He first skated when he was just six when his father build a rink in his family's backyard.  There he kept practicing his skating, shooting and stick handling.  He soon set scoring records and had a 378-goal season in his last year of PeeWee hockey.  He even got the nickname, "The White Tornado", because of his white hockey gloves, his speed and skill.

In the fall of 1978, Gretzky joined the Indianapolis Racers, signing his first professional contract.  After five seasons, he moved to the Edmonton Oilers and became the most dominant player in the history of the game, and won the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP award).  The next year he won his first of seven straight scoring titles and broke Bobby Orr's assists record with 109.  The year after he broke Phil Esposito's record of 76 goals with 92.  Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988.  He then scored his 802nd goal, beating Gordie Howe as all time leading scorer as well as his 1,852nd point, beating Gordie Howe as all time point-getter.

The Great One signed a three-year contract with the New York Rangers joining his old hockey friend, Mark Messier.  Gretzky retired in the 1998-1999 season along with his number 99.  He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame that same year.

Even though he no longer plays hockey, Wayne Gretzky continues to inspire young players.  He was the best that ever played the sport and many kids want to be the "next Wayne Gretzky".  I know I do.

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