Whether wearing his Edmonton oil-drop, the black and silver colours of L.A., or the famous Rangers sweater from New York, all hockey fans agree that Wayne Gretzky was the best hockey player of all time. His point totals, his puck control, and the manner in which he conducted himself both on and off the ice reflected the very best of the game.
You can't talk about Gretzky without talking about his records and achievements: 50 goals in just 39 games, 9 Hart Trophies, 10 Art Ross Trophies, 4 Stanley Cups, 215 points in a single season, and, of course, retiring with 2856 points. Each record is a remarkable achievement by the game's most remarkable player, and each will be broken down in this book.
Published with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written with his cooperation, this is the Gretzky biography that his fans have so anxiously awaited. Veteran sports journalist Al Strachan has enjoyed an extremely close friendship with Gretzky for well over 25 years, and during this time Strachan has reported on every aspect of his professional career. The two have spent thousands of hours talking about the game and such details as Wayne's move to L.A., managing the 2002 Canadian Olympic team and coaching in Phoenix. Their close friendship has offered each man the opportunity to discuss the game that they both love, and in this book Strachan takes readers on a most remarkable journey and details the life of Wayne Gretzky like it has never been told.
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. He lives in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The author lives in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
Praise for 99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story…
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