Wayne Gretzky Parents: Meet Walter Gretzky, Phyllis Hockin

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Wayne Douglas Gretzky 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.

Gretzky is the leading goal scorer, assist producer, and point scorer in NHL history, and has more assists in his career than any other player who scored total points.

Wayne Gretzky Parents

Wayne Gretzky Parents: Meet Walter Gretzky, Phyllis Hockin

Wayne Douglas Gretzky was born on January 26, 1961, in Brantford, Ontario, the son of Phyllis Leone and Walter Gretzky.

The couple married in 1960 and lived in an apartment in Brantford, where Walter worked for Bell Telephone Canada.

Wayne’s father, Walter Gretzky, was a Canadian philanthropist who was best known as the father of Canadian ice hockey icon Wayne Gretzky.

Wayne Gretzky Parents

Walter was born on October 8, 1938, in Blandford-Blenheim, Canada. He died on March 4, 2021, in Brantford, Canada.

Wayne’s mother Phyllis Hockin was born on October 14, 1941, in Paris, Ontario. She died on December 19, 2005, in Brantford, Canada.