He was also a Head Coach for the Phoenix Coyotes until their bankruptcy in 2009. Gretzky has been a partner and Vice President of the Oilers Entertainment group since 2016.
“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. “It really doesn’t matter or concern me what people are saying or who thinks who is the favorite.
I will admit that I am not a fan of hockey, but nearly every one of these quotes could apply to living life in general! He clearly has the heart of a winner and is someone who was determined to live their best life, before that was cool.
One that stuck with me is, “It’s easier to lose than win.” It’s a simple quote with so much truth. The things we say we want the most, often require the most work, and it can be tempting to get in our own way.
We're in a tough situation because of teenage children, and then we have a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old, so my family and my responsibilities is sort of a juggle. It's just amazing how many companies suddenly want you to hold up their products after you've held up the Stanley Cup.
I think sports for kids is the greatest thing in the world because it teaches you how to share, about winning and losing and pressure. When I broke into professional hockey at 17 I was told that I was too small and too slow, and I wouldn't make the NHL.
Now it's kind of flip-flopped and the sense is I can't be a good coach because I was a great athlete. I think the greatest thing about playing obviously is winning, and you can't replace that experience with anything.
It really doesn't matter or concern me what people are saying or who thinks who is the favorite. It puts a lot of undue pressure on the kids.
I think the Americans are ready to play, they want to beat us. I think that players like Chris Helios and his leadership over there goes a long way.
I'm probably the only guy in hockey who can win a scoring title and everybody is saying I had a bad year. When you're playing an exhibition, you're kind of letting everyone get an opportunity.
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You have to get on the ice and participate and play and the best team wins. You know, I've held women and babies and jewels and money, but nothing will ever feel as good as holding that Cup.
You'll never catch me bragging about goals, but I'll talk all you want about my assists. Only one thing is ever guaranteed, that is that you will definitely not achieve the goal if you don't take the shot.
It's an honor and a thrill and a privilege just to play in the NHL. I think they all handle themselves extremely well, and they all work really hard.
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. I couldn't beat people with my strength; I don't have a hard shot; I'm not the quickest skater in the league.
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. The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.
Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical. 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. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
When we were that age we'd go to the pond or backyard rink and throw a puck on the ice and play five on five, or seven on seven. You get this creativity and this imagination that comes from within, just having fun on the pond.
But from within, the players, the people who follow closely, realize exactly what he's brought to the table, exactly what he has done. People tend to forget... hockey was dying in Pittsburgh before he got there.
I'm sorry, but the NHL would not have a franchise in Pittsburgh today had Mario not come along. As a player, you have one responsibility, to focus yourself and be ready for the game.
As a coach, your responsibility is to get 20 guys ready and have them all on the same page. If you can't get every guy ready every night, you're going to struggle.
Thankfully, in my youth I had the best financial advisor a son could ask for: my dad Walter. When I got that first signing bonus in 1978, Dad took my check, announced, 'This is what we're going to do,' and bought an annuity with it.
I played lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, track and field. The best players get them at the most important times, and that's when we need those guys to come through.
I get a lot of parents coming up to me, telling me they are grooming their kids to be professional athletes. I think it's a great life, and yeah, you can lead them in that direction.
It puts a lot of undue pressure on the kids. When I played in a 21-team league, there were six or seven goalies who were just average, and the equipment and pads were smaller.
My best friend had a hockey scholarship at Ohio State, so I would get a couple of pairs at the beginning of the season and send them down to him. Look at guys like Larry Bird and George Brett and John McEnroe; that's what they did in their careers.