Wayne Gretzky Picture Gallery

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Leading the Oilers Dynasty

Wayne Gretzky with the Oilers
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers during the 1984-85 NHL season. ALLSPORT USA/Getty Images

A selection of Wayne Gretzky pictures celebrating hockey's greatest star.

From Edmonton to Phoenix and all points in between, our gallery of Wayne Gretzky pictures traces his career as a hockey player, coach, and celebrity.

Wayne Gretzky at the peak of his powers as an Edmonton Oiler.

Wayne Gretzky scored 208 points during the 1984-85 NHL season, one of four seasons in which his total exceeded 200 points.

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The Face of Hockey

Wayne Gretzky in his Prime
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky in November of 1987, during a game against the Los Angeles Kings. ALLSPORT USA/Getty Images

By the age of 26, Wayne Gretzky was recognized as the face of hockey and one of the greatest athletes in any sport.

Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers would win their fourth Stanley Cup in 1987-88, his last season in Edmonton. By then he had already recorded four seasons of 200-plus points.

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Wayne Gretzky in his "Office"

Wayne Gretzky in his
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky sets up behind the opposition net during a game against Los Angeles in the 1986-87 NHL season. ALLSPORT USA/Getty Images

Wayne Gretzky set up many of his goals from behind the opposition net.

Wayne Gretzky used the net to protect the puck, control the pace, view options and set up teammates for scoring chances.

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The Last Stanley Cup

Photo of Wayne Gretzky's last Stanley Cup Win
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky and fiance Janet Jones celebrate after the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins in the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals. Mike Powell/Allsport/Getty Images

The 1988 Stanley Cup title marks Wayne Gretzky's last championship and final game as an Edmonton Oiler.

Though he played for another 11 seasons with the Kings, Blues, and Rangers, Wayne Gretzky never won another Stanley Cup after leaving Edmonton.

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The Trade

Wayne Gretzky and the Biggest Trade Ever
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky addresses the media in Los Angeles on August 9, 1988, his first day as a member of the L.A. Kings. Getty Images

August 9, 1988 is widely viewed as a day that changed hockey and Canada forever, as the Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Oilers traded forwards Wayne Gretzky, Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelynski to the Kings for forwards Jimmy Carson and Martin Gelinas, three first-round draft picks and cash.

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Captain of the Kings

Photo of Wayne Gretzky as captain of the L.A. Kings
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. A hard sight for Oilers fans to get used to: Wayne Gretzky as captain of the Los Angeles Kings. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

After the historic trade that sent him from Edmonton to Los Angeles, Wayne Gretzky was named captain of the Kings before the 1988-89 NHL season.

Wayne Gretzky played for Los Angeles from 1988 to 1996, leading the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993.

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Mom and Dad Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky with his Parents
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky and wife Janet with Wayne's parents in March of 1994. Walter and Phyllis were in Los Angeles to see their son break the NHL career goal-scoring record with his 802nd goal. Al Bello/Allsport/Getty Images

Walter and Phyllis help Wayne Gretzky celebrate his record-breaking 802nd goal in 1994.

Wayne Gretzky is the oldest of five children born to Walter and Phyllis Gretzky of Brantford, Ontario. Phyllis Gretzky died in 2005 at age 64.

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A Media Celebrity in L.A

Wayne Gretzky as a Media Celebrity in L.A.
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky faces the media horde in 1994, after his 802nd career goal beat the previous record set by Gordie Howe. Al Bello/Getty Images

The face of hockey carries the sport on his back.

Wayne Gretzky's 1988 trade to Los Angeles heralded a new era for the NHL in the American sports scene, as he attracted unprecedented media attention.

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Wayne Gretzky is Briefly a Blue

Wayne Gretzky with the St. Louis Blues
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Center Wayne Gretzky of the St. Louis Blues looks on during a game against the Vancouver Canucks on February 29, 1996. Glenn Cratty/Getty Images

Wayne Gretzky during his brief tenure with the St. Louis Blues in 1996

Traded by the L.A. Kings, Gretzky played 31 games for the St. Louis Blues in 1995-96 before signing a free agent contract with the New York Rangers the following summer.

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Gretzky on Broadway

Wayne Gretzky with the New York Rangers
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky during a game against Calgary in 1997. Ian Tomlinson/Getty Images

In 1996, Wayne Gretzky signed a free agent contract with the New York Rangers, which would be his final NHL team.

Wayne Gretzky played three seasons for the Rangers before retiring in 1999. Only one of those seasons included a playoff appearance.

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Messier and Gretzky Together Again

Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier of the New York Rangers celebrate a goal during a 3-2 win over Florida in 1997. Andy Lyons/Allsport/Getty Images

Gretzky and Messier try to recapture the old Oiler magic in New York.

Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier played one season together with the New York Rangers, leading the team to the Stanley Cup semifinals.

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Oiler Alumni

Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky of the Rangers and Paul Coffey of the Flyers chat during the 1997 NHL All Star weekend. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey meet as rivals.

The great Edmonton team of the 1980s was history a decade later, as players like Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Glenn Anderson, and Jarri Kurri move on to bigger contracts with richer teams.

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Falling Short in Nagano

Wayne Gretzky's Olympic Disappointment
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky congratulates winning goaltender Dominik Hasek following Canada's shootout loss to the Czech Republic at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Canada failed to win a medal in the first Olympics to features NHL players. Brian Bahr/Allsport/Getty Images

The 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan were the first Olympics to include NHL players. But Gretzky and Team Canada failed to win a medal.

Outstanding goaltending by Dominik Hasek led the Czech Republic to a 2-1 shootout victory over Canada in the 1998 Olympic semifinal. Gretzky and the Canadians finished fourth in the tournament.

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Perennial All Star

Wayne Gretzky at the NHL All Star Game
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky is introduced as a member of the North American Team at the 1999 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa, Florida. Elsa Hasch/Allsport/Getty Images

In 1999, a few months before his retirement, Wayne Gretzky appeared in his last NHL All Star Game.

Wayne Gretzky never missed an All Star Game during his 20-year career.

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Gretzky's Final Skate

Wayne Gretzky retires
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky is overcome by emotion as fans pay tribute following his final NHL game. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

On April 18, 1999, Wayne Gretzky played his final NHL game, closing out the season with the New York Rangers.

Wayne Gretzky's final NHL game was a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. He assisted on the New York Rangers' only goal.

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Olympic Gold

Photo of Wayne Gretzky celebrating at the 2002 Winter Olympics
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky celebrates after Canada defeated the USA 5-2 in the mens' ice hockey gold medal game. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Denied an Olympic medal as a player, Wayne Gretzky was the architect of Canada's Olympic hockey title in 2002.

Wayne Gretzky led the management group that assembled Team Canada's roster for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

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Reunion at the Heritage Classic

Wayne Gretzky at the 2003 Heritage Classic
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky and former teammate Paul Coffey at the 2003 NHL Heritage Classic at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium. Dave Sandford/Getty Images

Gretzky and Paul Coffey skate outdoors in Edmonton.

Wayne Gretzky and other retired players from Edmonton Oilers' dynasty played a team of retired Montreal Canadiens in an exhibition game prior to the 2003 NHL Heritage Classic.

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Gretzky the Oldtimer

Retired Gretzky Goes for a Skate
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Seen here with Patrick Marleau, Wayne Gretzky joins Team Canada for a practice session in 2004. Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Wayne Gretzky is executive director of the team, which wins the World Cup by defeating Finland in the final game.

Looking like he could still play the game, Wayne Gretzky practices with the Canadian players during the 2004 World cup tournament.

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Behind the Bench in Phoenix

Wayne Gretzky as Coach of the Phoenix Coyotes
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky behind the bench during the 2005-06 NHL season, his first as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Six years after retiring as a player, and with no previous experience, Wayne Gretzky took over as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Wayne Gretzky was the Coyotes' head coach from 2005 to 2009, but failed to lead the team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Olympic Disaster in 2006

Wayne Gretzky's Olympic Disaster of 2006
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky watches Team Canada practice during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Brian Bahr/Getty Images

After picking the team that won gold in 2002, Wayne Gretzky returned as Canada's executive director four years later. But the Canadians failed to win a medal.

A goal-scoring drought and a quarterfinal loss to Russia ended Olympic hopes for Wayne Gretzky and Team Canada in 2006.

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Number 99 Meets Ovechkin

Wayne Gretzky with Alexander Ovechkin
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky and Alexander Ovechkin pose for photographers at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver. Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Alex Ovechkin is one of hockey's biggest celebrities, but nobody has been able to replace Gretzky as a worldwide face of the game.

Wayne Gretzky attended the 2006 NHL Entry Draft as coach and managing partner of the Phoenix Coyotes, while Alexander Ovechkin represented the next generation of NHL superstars.

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Lighting the Olympic Flame

Gretzky lights the torch at the 2010 Winter Olympics
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky was chosen by Canada to light the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics on February 12, 2010. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Wayne Gretzky lights the Olympic flame in Vancouver.

After playing in the 1998 Winter Olympics and managing Team Canada in 2002 and 2006, Wayne Gretzky was a spectator at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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Gretzky and the Kids in 2010

Wayne Gretzky and his children in 2010
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky stands in the dugout with children (L-R) Tristan, Trevor and Paulina prior to the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 5, 2010 in Anaheim, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Wayne Gretzky appears with three of his children at a baseball game in 2010.

Wayne Gretzky and his wife Janet have five children: daughters Paulina and Emma and sons Ty, Trevor and Tristan.

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In Bronze

The Gretzky Statue in Edmonton
A Wayne Gretzky photo gallery, covering the career of hockey's greatest player. In 1989, a year after his trade to Los Angeles, a life-sized bronze statue of Wayne Gretzky was unveiled outside the Northlands Coliseum (now Rexall Place) in Edmonton. Robert Laberge/Getty Images

A life-sized memorial marks the site of Wayne Gretzky's greatest years in hockey.

The Wayne Gretzky statue stands outside Rexall Place (formerly Northlands Coliseum) in Edmonton.