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He was a 20-year veteran of the National Hockey League(NHL), for four teams between 1979 and 1999. Nicknamed "The Great One". Many sportswriters, players and the NHL have called him the greatest hockey player of all time. ByThe Hockey News Based on extensive surveys of hockey writers and general managers, this report is based on the opinions of coaches, players, and ex-players. Gretzky is the NHL's leading assist producer, goal scorer and point scorer. He has more assists than any other player in his career. He is the only NHL player who has accumulated more than 200 points in a single season, something he did four times. Gretzky also accumulated over 100 points in 16 professional season, 14 consecutive. He retired in 1999 after accumulating over 100 points in 16 professional seasons.Held 61 NHL records 40 records from the regular season, 15 records from the playoffs, and 6 All-StarRecord.
Gretzky was born and raised in Brantford Ontario, Canada. He learned his craft at a backyard rink, and played minor hockey at a level that was far higher than his peers. Gretzky's intelligence and ability to read the game, despite his size and strength was unmatched. Gretzky was skilled at evading checks from opponents and was able to anticipate where the puck would be and execute the right move at just the right moment. Gretzky was known for his ability to set up behind his opponent's net. This area was called "Gretzky’s office".
Gretzky was the 1978 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships's top scorer. He signed with the Indianapolis Racers (World Hockey Association) in June 1978. After a brief stint, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers joined the NHL after the WHA collapsed. Gretzky set many scoring records and led the team to four Stanley Cup titles. Gretzky's August 9th 1988 trade to the Los Angeles Kings had a significant impact on the team's performance. They reached the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals and Gretzky is often credited with popularizing California hockey. Gretzky briefly played for the St. Louis Blues, before he joined the New York Rangers. Gretzky won nine Hart Trophies for the most valuable player, 10 Art Ross Trophies to record the most points per season, two Conn Stmythe Trophies for playoff MVP, five Lester B. Pearson Awards, now called the Ted Lindsay Award, for the best player. He was the league's leader in goals-scoring, with five of his own and 16 assists. He was also awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in sportsmanship and performance five more times. He often voiced his opposition to fighting in hockey.
Gretzky, who retired in 1999, was inducted immediately into the Hockey Hall of Fame. This makes him the latest player to be exempted from the waiting period.