Born: Jan. 26, 1961 (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)
Career 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 seven months old because it had the flattest yard he could find, the perfect surface to put an ice rink on in the winter.
Gretzky famously went against the NHL's propensity for violence and spoke out against fighting many times. He won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship five times in his career.