Facing Wayne Gretzky: Players Recall the Greatest Hockey Player Who Ever Lived

Facing Wayne Gretzky: Players Recall the Greatest Hockey Player Who Ever Lived

by Brian Kennedy

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Wayne Gretzky holds the records for the most goals, assists, and points scored in a career, in addition to about 60 other records. These feats, in tandem with his exceptional on-ice performances, earned him the nickname “The Great One” as well as the immediate retirement of his number (99) across the NHL at the end of his playing days. During his 10-year career with the Edmonton Oilers, Gretzky led the team to five Stanley Cup Finals appearances and four wins. After moving on to Los Angeles, he also led the Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. Gretzky ended his career with the New York Rangers in 1999.

Far from a conventional biography, Facing Wayne Gretzky offers perspectives and testimonials from opponents and teammates alike, including Denis Potvin, Kelly Hrudey, Rob Blake, and many more.

Never has another hockey player achieved what “The Great One” did on the ice, and it is unlikely that one will soon. This book details what it’s like to face the best player who ever skated, illuminating his passing ability, his deceptively effective shot, and his inventiveness both with the puck and without.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613217313
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Series: Facing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 368,586
File size: 513 KB

About the Author

Brian Kennedy covers the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks for Inside Hockey and other publications. His previous books include Pond Hockey, My Country Is Hockey, Growing Up Hockey, and Living the Hockey Dream. Kennedy is an English professor at Pasadena City College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Section 1 Becoming a Pro 1

Mike Ruby (Center) 3

Bobby Smith (Center) 5

Jamie Hislop (Right Wing) 8

Rick Dudley (Left Wing) 11

Joe Micheletti (Defense) 15

Section 2 The Edmonton Oilers Era 21

Bryan Murray (Coach) 23

Terry Crisp (Center/Coach) 26

Mark Howe (Defense) 29

Lee Fogolin (Defense) 34

Denis Potvin (Defense) 39

Dave Maloney (Defense) 42

Lorne Henning (Defense/Coach) 45

Yvon Labre (Defense) 48

Gordie Roberts (Defense) 51

Steve Smith (Defense) 54

Anders Hedberg (Right Wing) 58

Phil Sykes (Left Wing) 61

Steve Kasper (Center/Forward) 64

Doug Risebrough (Center) 69

Rick Kehoe (Right Wing) 74

Paul Woods (Left Wing) 76

Vaclav Nedomansky (Center) 81

Cam Neely (Right Wing) 83

Darren Eliot (Goalie) 86

Reggie Lemelin (Goalie) 90

Bob Froese (Goalie) 93

Pete Peeters (Goalie) 97

Glenn "Chico" Resch (Goalie) 101

Brian Hayward (Goalie) 106

Ron Hextall (Goalie) 109

Section 3 Team Canada 113

Brian Engblom (Defense) 115

John Van Boxmeer (Defense) 119

Larry Murphy (Defense) 122

Michel Goulet (Left Wing) 126

Section 4 The Los Angeles Kings Era 129

Rogatien "Rogie" Vachon (Goalie/General Manager) 131

Bruce McNall (Owner) 134

Bob Miller (Broadcaster) 139

Pete Demers (Trainer) 144

Phil Housley (Defense) 149

Jay Wells (Defense) 152

Mark Hardy (Defense) 157

Rob Blake (Defense) 160

Jamie Macoun (Defense) 164

Dave Taylor (Right Wing) 167

Jim Fox (Right Wing) 172

Brian MacLellan (Left Wing) 177

Tom Fergus (Center) 179

Nelson Emerson (Right Wing) 182

Wendell Young (Goalie) 185

Kelly Hrudey (Goalie) 187

Rob Shick (Referee) 191

Section 5 St. Louis, New York, and After 195

Craig MacTavish (Center) 197

Jim Pappin (Right Wing/Scout) 200

Craig Conroy (Center) 203

Ian Laperriere (Right Wing) 207

Steve Thomas (Right Wing) 210

Jamie Huscroft (Defense) 213

Zarley Zalapski (Defense) 216

Sean Burke (Goalie) 218

Mick McGeough (Referee) 222

Section 6 Career Stats 227

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