Wayne Gretzky: Greatness on Ice

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Crabtree Groundbreaker Biographies tell the stories of people from a variety of walks of life whose talent, courage, skill, and vision have inspired millions. These stories will fascinate readers with their in-depth portraits of people who have risen to the top of their fields, achieved excellence and recognition, and provided examples of achievements and character for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Wayne Gretzky, known to millions of hockey fans as "The Great One," wasn't ...

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Overview

Crabtree Groundbreaker Biographies tell the stories of people from a variety of walks of life whose talent, courage, skill, and vision have inspired millions. These stories will fascinate readers with their in-depth portraits of people who have risen to the top of their fields, achieved excellence and recognition, and provided examples of achievements and character for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Wayne Gretzky, known to millions of hockey fans as "The Great One," wasn't the biggest, fastest, or strongest hockey player ever, but he was without a doubt the best so far. When he retired from play in 1999, the NHL retired his jersey number, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame immediately, without the customary waiting period. Wayne's great talent was his uncanny ability to "read" the game and consistently make the right moves. From the time he was a little boy practicing on a rink in his backyard to the end of his record-breaking career, Wayne's life is an example of just how far hard work and smart thinking can take a kid from Brantford, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
On May 19, 1984, twenty-three year old Wayne Gretzky achieved a lifelong dream when he led the Edmonton Oilers to win their first Stanley Cup. Wayne had been practicing for this day since he learned to ice skate at the age of two. By the time he was four, his father used the lawn sprinkler to build an ice rink in their backyard so he could easily watch the young boy learn to handle his hockey stick. Wayne proved to be a great player even then, but his age was against him. Area youth leagues had an age requirement of ten; however, six-year old Wayne was finally allowed to tryout and won a place on a team. His aptitude made him popular with the media. He was first called "the Great Gretzky" when he was only ten. But his talent also created jealousy in his teammates and their parents. This short biography in the "Groundbreaker" series follows Wayne Gretzky from his early days in hockey through his professional career as a player and then coach, including the ups and downs. Photos and sidebars enhance this biography of "the Great One" for hockey fans or anyone looking for an inspirational story of someone working to achieve his dreams. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778725480
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Crabtree Groundbreaker Biographies
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 324,323
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Date with Lord Stanley's Cup 4

Chapter 2 Growing into Greatness 15

Chapter 3 A Career in Full Flight 41

Chapter 4 The Trade Heard Around the World 57

Chapter 5 The Great One's Final Games 75

Chapter 6 A Legacy On and Off the Ice 93

Choronology 104

Glossary 106

Further Information 108

Index 110

About the Author 112

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