Published with Wayne Gretzky's cooperation, this is the definitive biography of the greatest player that hockey has ever seen.
From the time Wayne Gretzky began playing organized hockey at the age of six, his genius was evident. He scored one goal in his first season and 378 in his fifth. With the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s and later with the Los Angeles Kings, he was virtually unstoppable. He won nine Hart trophies as the leading scorer, and four Stanley Cups. Later, with the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers, he continued to show leadership, finesse, and grace both on and off the ice.
Based on thousands of hours of conversations with Gretzky, including new interviews, 99 details Gretzky's move to L.A., his role as player and coach for Canada Cup and Olympic teams, and career highlights such as his greatest goal and greatest game. Gretzky also discusses with Strachan the challenges in his career--the truth about the gambling "scandal" and the behind-the-scenes negotiations before his trade to the St. Louis Blues.
In this revealing, insightful, and definitive biography, Al Strachan takes readers on a most remarkable journey and details the life of Wayne Gretzky as it has never been told before.
About the Author
AL STRACHAN is a veteran sportswriter and bestselling author of Why the Leafs Suck and How They Can Be Fixed; Don Cherry's Hockey Stories and Stuff; Go to the Net; I Am Not Making This Up: My Favourite Hockey Stories from a Career Covering the Game; and Over the Line. He was a regular on Hockey Night in Canada's Hot Stove Lounge and now lives in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
Praise for Al Strachan:
• "Al has always been able to reach out to fans from coast to coast in two countries and make them aware of what that feeling at the arena really is." Wayne Gretzky