Wayne Gretzky

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Wayne Douglas Gretzky (; born January 26, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed "the Great One", he has been called the greatest hockey player ever by many sportswriters, players, the NHL itself, and by The Hockey News, based on extensive surveys of hockey writers, ex-players, general managers and coaches. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wayne Gretzky has received more than 12,884,634 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Wayne Gretzky is the 3rd most popular hockey player (up from 5th in 2019), the 91st most popular biography from Canada (up from 107th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Hockey Player.

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Among hockey players, Wayne Gretzky ranks 3 out of 358Before him are Viktor Tikhonov and Maurice Richard. After him are Gordie Howe, Valeri Kharlamov, Vladislav Tretiak, Henri Richard, Phil Esposito, Stan Mikita, Jaromír Jágr, Bobby Hull, and Viacheslav Fetisov.

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Among people born in 1961, Wayne Gretzky ranks 53Before him are Ricky Gervais, Arnaldur Indriðason, Jared Harris, Yanis Varoufakis, Martin Gore, and Tom Ford. After him are Lea Thompson, Ian Rush, Iain Glen, Heather Locklear, Guido Buchwald, and Isiah Thomas.

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Among people born in Canada, Wayne Gretzky ranks 91 out of 1,130Before him are Ian Stevenson (1918), Joe Weider (1919), Norma Shearer (1902), Jack L. Warner (1892), Gerald Bull (1928), and James Doohan (1920). After him are Simon Newcomb (1835), Eric McCormack (1963), Denny Doherty (1940), Denys Arcand (1941), Deanna Durbin (1921), and Denis Villeneuve (1967).


Among hockey players born in Canada, Wayne Gretzky ranks 2Before him are Maurice Richard (1921). After him are Gordie Howe (1928), Henri Richard (1936), Phil Esposito (1942), Bobby Hull (1939), Georges Vézina (1887), Mario Lemieux (1965), Bobby Orr (1948), Guy Lafleur (1951), Howie Morenz (1902), and Marcel Dionne (1951).

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