Staff Profile

Wayne Gretzky
Executive Director, Canadian Olympic Hockey 2002

International

- Leading scorer in six of the eight international competitions in which he played since he first skated onto the international stage at the 1978 World Junior Championship

 

- Was the youngest player (16) to compete in the 1978 World Junior Championship

- At the 1978 tournament in Montreal, against the world's best 18 to 20-year-old players, Gretzky finished as top scorer with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in six games. He was voted to the Tournament's All-Star team and was honored as the Best Forward

- Participated in 1981 Canada Cup, a six-team tournament which also featured Czechoslovakia, Finland, Soviet Union, Sweden, and the United States. In his first competition against the world's best professional players, the 20-year-old Gretzky finished as the top scorer in the competition His five goals and seven assists helped Canada to a second-place finish

- Played with Team Canada at the 1982 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Gretzky collected six goals and eight assists for 14 points to lead all players. He was joined by Team Canada's captain Bill Barber on the tournament All-Star team, marking the first time since 1968 that two Canadians were selected to the first All-Star team at a World event. Team Canada captured the bronze medal, its first medal at a World tournament since 1978, led by The Great One's two goals and two assists in a 6-0 rout of Sweden

- Again led by Gretzky, Canada dominated the next three Canada Cup Tournaments, winning in 1984, 1987 and 1991. Gretzky was named to the All-Star team in the 1984 and 1987 tournaments and finished as the scoring leader in all three competitions, despite missing the 1991 tournament Final against the U.S. with a back injury

- He is the all-time scoring leader in Canada Cup competition with 57 points (17 goals, 40 assists) in 31 games

- The 1987 Canadian Cup marked his best performance as he notched three goals and 18 assists for 21 points in nine games. He and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux formed an explosive duo, combining on the tournament-winning goal late in the third period

- In 1996, the first-ever World Cup tournament was staged throughout North America and Europe. The World Cup saw Canada finish second, behind the United States. It was the first time Gretzky did not lead an international tournament in scoring; he finished fourth on the team with three goals and four assists in eight games

- On Nov. 29, 1997, the Great One was selected to the Canadian Olympic Team roster. Completing one of the greatest international careers in hockey history, Gretzky had four assists in six games as Canada reached the semifinal before suffering a shootout loss to the eventual Gold Medal champion Czech Republic

Hockey Background

- Won Hart Trophy as league's most valuable player (1980, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 89)
- Won Art Ross Trophy as league's highest scorer (1981, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 90, 91, 94)
- Won Lady Byng as most gentlemanly player (1980, 91, 92, 94)
- Won Lester Pearson award as NHL's outstanding player (1982, 83, 84, 85, 87)
- All-Star team (1981, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 91)
- All-Star team (1980, 88, 89, 90, 94, 97, 98, 99)
- Won Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in playoffs (1985, 88)

Other

Honorary president of the 1999 Molson Open Ice Summit
- Along with Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada's National Women's team, was part of a direct mail-out, which included hockey tips and a CHA patch, to 640,000 CHA players and coaches in Canada during the 1999-2000 season

Personal

- Wayne and wife Janet have three sons Ty, Trevor, Tristan and a daughter Paulina
- Birthdate: Jan. 26, 1961

Career Records

Regular Season
NHL goals - 894
Assists - 1,962
Points - 2,856 (894 goals, 1,962 assists)
Goals by a centre - 894
Assists by a centre - 1,962
Points by a centre - 2,856
Assists-per-game average (300-or-more assists) - 1.32
Games, three-or-more goals - 50
Overtime assists - 15
Goals, including regular season and playoffs, 1,016 (894 regular season, 122 playoff)
Assists, including playoffs - 2,222 (1,962 regular season, 260 playoff)
Points, including playoffs - 3,238 (2,856 regular season and 382 playoff)
Hat tricks - 50
40-or-more goal seasons - 12
50-or-more goal seasons - 9
60-or-more goal seasons - 5
100-or-more point seasons - 15
Consecutive 40-or-more goal seasons - 12
Consecutive 60-or-more goal seasons - 4
Consecutive 100-or-more point seasons - 13

Playoffs
Points - 382 (122 goals, 260 assists in 208 games)
Goals - 122
Assists - 260
Game-winning goals - 24
Three-or-more goal games - 10

Single Season
Goals - 92 in 1981-82
Assists - 163 in 1985-86
Points - 215 in 1985-86
Goals by a centre - 92 in 1981-82
Assists by a centre - 163 in 1985-86
Points by a centre - 215 in 1985-86
Three-or-more goal games - 10 in 1981-82, 1983-84
Goals per-game average - 1.18 in 1983-84 (87 goals in 74 games)
Assists per-game average - 2.04 in 1985-86
Point-per-game average - 2.77 in 1983-84
Goals, including playoffs - 100 in 1983-84
Assists, including playoffs - 174 in 1985-86
Points, including playoffs - 255 in 1984-85
Goals, minimum 50 games, from start of a season - 61 in 1981-82, 1983-84
Consecutive point-scoring streak - 51 games in 1983-84
Consecutive point-scoring streak from the start of a season - 51 games in 1983-84
Consecutive assist-scoring streak - 23 games in 1990-91 (48 assists)
Fastest 50 goals from start of season - 39 games in 1981-82

Single Game
Goals, one period - 4 vs. St. Louis, Feb. 18, 1981
Assists, one game - 7 (vs. Washington, Feb. 15, 1980; at Chicago, Dec. 11, 1985; vs. Quebec, Feb. 14, 1986)
Assists, road game - 7 at Chicago, Dec. 11, 1985
Assists by a player in his first NHL season - 7, vs. Washington, Feb. 15, 1980

All-Star Games (16 games)
Goals, one period - 4 in 1983 at Uniondale, N.Y.
Goals, career - 13
Shares Record
Goals, one game - 4 in 1983 at Uniondale, N.Y.
Points, one period - 4 in 1983 at Uniondale, N.Y.
Points, career - 25