NHL players born in Canada: 5,245
Born: Jan. 26, 1981
Birthplace: Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Career: 20 seasons (1979-99)
Teams: Edmonton Oilers (1979-88), Los Angeles Kings (1988-96), St. Louis Blues (1996), New York Rangers (1996-99)
NHL highlights: Four-time Stanley Cup champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988), nine-time Hart Trophy winner (1980-87, 1989), two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner (1985, 1988), five-time Lady Byng Trophy winner (1980, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999), three-time NHL All-Star Game MVP (1983, 1989, 1999), 18-time NHL All-Star (1980-86, 1988-99)
Bottom line: Wayne Gretzky — "The Great One" — is the NHL's career scoring leader and has more goals and assists than any player in history.
Gretzky credits his father, Walter, for much of his success because of his cerebral approach to coaching Wayne at an early age.
It was also Walter who bought a house when Wayne was 7 months old because it had the flattest yard he could find — the perfect surface to put an ice rink on in the winter.