Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian Ice Hockey player who is considered by many pundits and fans of ice hockey as the Greatest Player to have Ever Played the Game. He holds the record for most goals and assists in the National Hockey League history. Wayne is also the only player to score more than 200 points in the NHL in a single season. Continue reading to know more about the career and net worth of Wayne Gretzky in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Wayne Gretzky was born on January 26, 1961, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada to Walter Gretzky, a telephone technician, and Phyllis Leone. Walter has four younger siblings Kim, Keith, Glen, and Brent among whom Keith and Brent are also ice hockey players. Wayne started an interest for the game when he was two and began to skate when he was two years ten months. He scored 378 goals and gave 139 assists for the Brantford Nadrofsky Steelers when he was 10 and crossed 1000 when he was 13. When he was 16, he played for the Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League wearing his trademark jersey number 99.
Wayne Gretzky is married to actress Janet Jones whom he met in the Dance Fever show which he was judging. Wayne and Janet’s marriage which was held on July 16, 1988, was then called as “The Royal Wedding” that cost over $1 million. The couple is blessed with five children Paulina, Ty, Trevor, Tristan, and Emma.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Gretzky signed a deal worth $1.7 million with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA in 1978 where he played for a season and was sold to the Edmonton Oilers. In January 1979 he signed a ten-year deal worth C$3 million. He won the Lou Kaplan Trophy for Rookie of the Year and guided the team to its first league victory.
He won four Stanley Cup championships with the team before moving to Los Angeles Kings in August 1988. He later played for the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers. Wayne has so far won 10 Art Ross Trophies, 9 Hart Trophies for the most valuable player, 5 Lester B. Pearson Awards, and 5 Lady Byng Memorial Trophies.
With the Canadian National Team, he has won 3 Gold medals and a Silver medal at the Canada Cup, Silver in the 1996 World Cup, a Bronze medal in World Championships and the World Junior Championships. There is a statue of him holding the Stanley Cup at the Roger Place in Edmonton.
Wayne has played a total of 1,487 NHL regular games so far in which he has recorded 894 goals among which 91 are game-winning goals, 1,963 assists, and 2,857 points. For his national team, he has scored 34 goals, 69 assists, and 103 points. The first pair of skates he used when he was three years old is placed at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Net Worth & Earnings
In 1978, he earned $1.7 million form a 7-year deal signing with the Indianapolis Racers, and his move to Edmonton Oilers in 1979 earned him $3 million. From 1979-1986, his salary was $300,000 which was hiked to $717,250 in 1987. He was paid $1 million in 1988, $1.7 million in 1989 and $3 million till 1993 by the Los Angeles Kings. At the time was his retirement he earned a salary of 6.5 million from the New York Rangers. In 2016, he became the VC and a partner of the Oilers Entertainment Group. He has a net worth of $210 million.
While there are debates between fans about who is the best player in the history of various sports. Being regarded as the best in the history unanimously by the whole world of the Ice Hockey sport is quite an impeccable achievement.