This upcoming October, the Winnipeg Jets will host the Edmonton Oilers at the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic and NHL great Wayne Gretzky will play for the Oilers in the annual alumni game. Tickets and other broadcasting information will be released at a later date.
The Ontario, Canada native, Wayne Gretzky moved with his family to Brantford mainly because the location had a yard flat enough to build an ice rink in every winter. At age six, Gretzky was playing on an age ten team due to his superior skills at that age. While with Brantford Nadrofsky Steelers, Gretzky scored an amazing 378 goals and 139 assists in just one season. By age 13 Gretzky had already surpassed 1,000 goals and he became not only a legend but a target for boos from other parents in his hometown. In 1978 Gretzky was signed by the Indianapolis Racers in the WHA and Gretzky did not take long getting into his scoring groove as it only took five games and a game against his future team the Edmonton Oilers. After being traded to the Oilers the same year, Gretzky won the rookie of the year and helped the Oilers reach the finals in which they lost to the Winnipeg Jets. That was the only year Gretzky was in the World Hockey Association since the league folded after the season. His first season in the NHL in 1979, Gretzky came on quick by winning his first of eight consecutive MVP awards and was the second highest scorer in the league despite playing in one less game than Marcel Dionne who only had one more goal than Gretzky. The following season Gretzky won his first Art Ross Award for scoring the most goals which was the first of seven consecutive award winning seasons. In 1984, Gretzky and the Oilers won their first, of five in seven years, Stanley Cup by defeating the New York Islanders. After nine seasons with the Oilers, Gretzky owned or shared 49 NHL records. Following a trade to the Los Angeles Kings, Gretzky spent eight seasons in LA and broke the career goal scoring record in the 93-94 season. After the eight seasons with the Kings, Gretzky was again traded but this time to the St. Louis Blues in which he only played one season and followed that by playing his final three seasons with the New York Rangers and finished in his last game just one point ahead of his idol Gordie Howe for the total professional points record. After his career ended, Gretzky owned 61 NHL records and still holds 60 of those even 15 years after his retirement. Along with the records, Gretzky was immediately inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame after his retirement becoming the most recent player having the wait period waived.
This upcoming October Wayne Gretzky will play for the Edmonton Oilers in the annual alumni game. The event will look to be sold out due to the star studded cast of players including the greatest hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky.
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