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99: Stories of the Game by Wayne GretzkyFirst he rewrote the record book. Now, to mark the NHLs 99th anniversary, Wayne Gretzky has written the story of our game.
No one has been as close to the game as Wayne Gretzky. When he first laced up skates in the NHL, he changed the league. And by the time he had hung up his skates, he had re-written the record book.
There can be no doubt what he means to the game. What we havent seen is what the game means to him. For the first time, Wayne Gretzky will tell us about the NHLs great moments from his point of view. We will meet the people who inspired him and motivated him. Well read the stories of the players who ignited his imagination, just as Gretzky himself inspired the dreams of so many young players and fans.
Seen through the eyes of the player whose name has come to stand for greatness in the game of hockey, 99: Stories of the Game brings to life the NHLs glorious past, from its fierce early battles on natural ice, through its mythical golden era, when the Howes and Richards, Hulls and Orrs defined greatness, through the unforgettable dynasties in Montreal, New York, and of course, Edmonton, through to the present day.
Written with all the insight of someone who knows what it feels like when your lungs burn at the end of a long shift, and the pain of bruises at the end of a long playoff series, who knows what it feels like to fall short against a bitter rival, and also the incomparable feeling of lifting the Stanley Cup over your head, 99: Stories of the Game doesnt just tell the history of the NHLs 99 years. It relives them.
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Former professional ice hockey player. Nicknamed "The Great One",  he has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. At the time of his retirement in and persisting through , he holds 61 NHL records : 40 regular season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. Born and raised in Brantford, Ontario , Canada, Gretzky honed his skills at a backyard rink and regularly played minor hockey at a level far above his peers. He was adept at dodging checks from opposing players, and consistently anticipated where the puck was going to be and executed the right move at the right time. Gretzky became known for setting up behind his opponent's net, an area that was nicknamed "Gretzky's office". Gretzky's trade to the Los Angeles Kings on August 9, , had an immediate impact on the team's performance, eventually leading them to the Stanley Cup Finals , and he is credited with popularizing hockey in California.
He started skating at age 2 and by the age of 6 was regularly playing with older boys. Over the next two decades, he dominated the sport, setting a host of league records. He retired in and was inducted into the Hall of Fame that same year.
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Gretzky began skating at age two and a half and was first taught hockey by his father. By age 6 he was playing as an all-star in novice hockey with boys 10 and 11 years old. He progressed through organized age-group hockey, and in at the Junior World Cup competition, he was the youngest player and the leading scorer. His contract soon was sold to the Edmonton Oilers , who joined the NHL at the beginning of the 80 season. As centre and team captain, Gretzky led the Oilers to four Stanley Cup victories in the 84, 85, 87, and 88 seasons. Following the 88 season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.