Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky

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Author Profession: Canadian hockey great
Born: January 26, 1961
Age: 55 years old
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.

By no means could I play at the level of these kids who play in the NHL now but as 50-year-olds go, I feel really good and I feel blessed that I'm still healthy.

Growing up, I was always the small guy.

It's an honour and a thrill and a privilege just to play in the NHL.

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.

I couldn't beat people with my strength; I don't have a hard shot; I'm not the quickest skater in the league. My eyes and my mind have to do most of the work.

Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful.

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

Look at guys like Larry Bird and George Brett and John McEnroe; that's what they did in their careers. They all wanted to be the guy under the microscope late in the game or late in the match. So you just take on that know-how that that's part of your responsibility, and you learn that's what makes it exciting. That's what makes it fun!

I get a feeling about where a teammate is going to be. A lot of times, I can turn and pass without even looking.

I wasn't naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that's the way I'll be as a coach.

I knew at a young age, whether I was playing baseball or hockey or lacrosse, that my teammates were counting on me, whether it be to strike the last batter out in a baseball game or score a big goal in a hockey game.

The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.

The only way a kid is going to practice is if it's total fun for him... and it was for me.

I don't like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don't like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it's essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you.

I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.

Listen, everything I have in my life is because of the NHL and because of hockey, and I love the game and I loved every minute of being a player, I loved coaching, I loved being involved in the NHL.

And people who know me would tell you that away from hockey I'm really not that competitive.

I think that from the time you start playing sports as a child you see that your responsibility to your team is to play the best that you can play as an individual... and yet, not take anything away from being part of a team.

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