There are many great athletes, but there is only one known as “The Great One.” No player in any sport was as dominant as Wayne Gretzky was in the NHL in the 1980s. He holds just about every NHL scoring record and it’s safe to say that many of them simply will never be broken.
First with the Edmonton Oilers and later with the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers, Wayne Gretzky is almost single-handedly responsible for the growth of hockey in the United States. The incredible excitement generated by number 99 enabled the NHL to get a foothold in places, particularly in the southern United States, where pucks and ice had previously been unknown.
After retiring in 1999 with a mind-boggling 894 goals and 1,963 assists, Wayne Gretzky went almost directly to the Hockey Hall of Fame after they waived the standard three-year waiting period. The list of records and awards earned by Wayne Gretzky could fill a whole wing of the Hall of Fame. A true icon in Canada, Gretzky is also one of the most famous sports stars in the United States and around the world.
You’d be hard-pressed to match the drawing power of a Wayne Gretzky appearance, Wayne Gretzky speaking engagement or Wayne Gretzky endorsement. If you are interested in The Great One, TSE is ready to help arrange it.
**Wayne Gretzky Speaker**
Perhaps the most famous of all the Wayne Gretzky speeches was the one he gave at a press conference after he was traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles. Although the trade was necessitated, at least in part, by the dire financial situation of the Oilers, the sight of Gretzky speaking and breaking down in tears showed everyone a very human side of the hockey legend.
**Wayne Gretzky Appearance**
While there will be no more Wayne Gretzky appearances on the ice, he’s still very much a part of the sport he loves as coach and co-owner of the Phoenix Coyotes. A Wayne Gretzky appearance at your next event will leave an impression on people that will last a lifetime.
**Wayne Gretzky Endorsement**
As you would expect, the list of Wayne Gretzky endorsement deals is lengthy, including Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, McDonald’s, JVC and Imperial Oil. Perhaps only Michael Jordan has enjoyed as much success in commercials and endorsements as Wayne Gretzky.
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