From the Series Sports Heroes and Legends
Think you know all there is to know about Wayne Gretzky? Well, did you know that: He started playing hockey professionally at age seventeen? He scored at least one goal in each of the first fifty-one games of the 1983–1984 hockey season? He holds the NHL record for most career regular-season assists, with 1,963?Canada native Wayne Gretzky grew up surrounded by hockey. He joined his first hockey team at age six and spent most of his childhood playing against kids who were much older—and bigger—than he was. When Wayne joined the Edmonton Oilers in 1979, critics said he was too small to succeed. But Wayne proved everyone wrong. Read all about how this scrappy kid became the greatest hockey player of all time.
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
School Library Journal
“‘The Great Gretzky’ played for Team Canada at the 1998 Olympics (the first in which NHL stars were allowed to compete) and coached the team to a gold medal in 2002. Gretzky made his greatest mark on hockey during his 20-plus years in the NHL, which Doeden tracks in this crisp sports-focused biography.” —School Library Journal