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Wayne Gretzky

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What Others Say About You

A heat wave in the Northeast makes it a refreshingly good time to discuss someone who made his living on the ice. Wayne Gretzky is a Hall of Fame hockey player whose exploits earned him the nickname “The Great One.” What a nickname! But this post is not about hockey or Wayne Gretzky. It’s about […]

Wayne Gretzky and Practice

On Wayne Gretzky’s birthday — he turns 51 today — I always think of practice and of Gretzky’s father, Walter. One day, when Wayne Gretzky was already the greatest hockey player in the world, he was practicing with his team, the Edmonton Oilers. Walter watched from the stands. Afterwards, the two drove home together. “You […]

Gretzky’s Great Practices

Today is Wayne Gretzky’s 49th birthday. Some people believe he is the greatest hockey player who ever lived. My favorite story about Gretzky involves his dad, who came to watch him practice one day during the Stanley Cup playoff season. Afterward, the story goes, the elder Gretzky told his son that the practice session had […]

Great Players, Bad Coaches

Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona has joined a long tradition of star athletes who never made it in a coaching or managing role. Maradona’s troubles, featured in Time magazine, resemble those of hockey star Wayne Gretzky, who resigned this year after an unsuccessful run as Phoenix Coyotes coach. To be fair to Gretzky, the team […]

Arnold Palmer’s Blueprint

Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer is receiving still another honor — the Congressional Gold Medal today in a ceremony at the White House. Palmer, who recently turned 80 years old, is collecting an award extended 141 times, the first to George Washington in 1776. Palmer, whose career victory total includes seven majors, offers a perfect model […]

Role Models

“Some of the most important people in my life would be shocked to learn that they were role models. They weren’t celebrities, or even particularly accomplished. But they had some quality that I admired, that made me want to be like them.” ~ Don Moomaw Over the weekend I had the chance to watch a women’s lacrosse […]

Two Things to Know About Practice

  “Practice as if you are the worst, perform as if you are the best.” ~ Unknown Happy Birthday to hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky, who turns 48 today. For many years, Gretzky was the best player in the National Hockey League, and some people say he is the best to ever play in that league. […]