Wayne Gretzky Fast Facts

EDMONTON, AB - Former Edmonton Oilers forward Wayne Gretzky looks to the rafters during the closing ceremonies at Rexall Place following the game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks on April 6, 2016, at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Hall of Fame hockey player Wayne Gretzky, who is the all-time leading scorer in National Hockey League (NHL) history, with 2,857 career points (894 career goals and 1,963 career assists).


Birth date: January 26, 1961
    Birth place: Brantford, Ontario, Canada
    Birth name: Wayne Douglas Gretzky
    Father: Walter Gretzky, telephone technician
    Mother: Phyllis (Hockin) Gretzky
    Marriage: Janet Jones (July 16, 1988-present)
    Children: Emma, Tristan, Trevor, Ty, Paulina

    Other Facts

    Nicknamed "The Great One."
    Only player to have his jersey number (No. 99) retired by the entire NHL.
    Won four Stanley Cup championships with the Edmonton Oilers (1984-1985, 1987-1988) and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy (NHL Playoff MVP) twice (1985 and 1988).
    Awarded the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) nine times (1980-1987, 1989).
    Won the Art Ross Trophy (NHL scoring title) 10 times (1981-1987, 1990-1991, 1994).
    Played in 18 NHL All-Star Games.
    At the time of his retirement in 1999, Gretzky held outright or shared 61 NHL records.
    Is a co-owner of the restaurant Wayne Gretzky's in downtown Toronto and part-owner of Wayne Gretzky Estates, a winery and distillery in Ontario's Niagara region.


    1974 - At age 13, scores his 1,000th lifetime goal, in an exhibition hockey game.
    1978 - At the World Junior Championship, leads the tournament with 17 points (eight goals and nine assists).
    June 1978 - Turns professional, signing with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association.
    November 2, 1978 - Gretzky's contract is sold to the Edmonton Oilers. After the collapse of the World Hockey Association (WHA), the Oilers are one of four WHA teams be absorbed into the NHL the following year.
    October 14, 1979 - Scores his first NHL goal, against the Vancouver Canucks.
    February 24, 1982 - Scores his 77th goal to break Phil Esposito's single season scoring record. Gretzky ends the season with 92 goals, which remains an NHL record.