“Thought I Was Being Punked”: Call From NHL Legend Wayne Gretzky Didn’t Feel Real to Connor McDavid

Published 12/11/2022, 1:36 AM EST

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When two legends interact, the moment becomes memorable, both for themselves and the fans. This is exactly what happened when Wayne Gretzky and Connor McDavid sat down for an interview in 2020. The two legends recalled a hearty moment that the two shared when McDavid was in the nascent stages of his career. The unbelievable incident still made them smile. 

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The statements by Connor McDavid show how Wayne Gretzky did something completely unexpected. It also reflected how Wayne liked to take initiative and was aware of other good hockey players.

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“I remember I was in the car with my roommate. And we were picking someone up and obviously, the music’s goin’ and it’s a caller. The caller, it’s Wayne Gretzky!” Connor McDavid recalled. Immediately, he told his friend to turn down the music and heard Gretzky’s voice. Though he recognized the sound, he still couldn’t believe it. “I thought I was bein’ punked….”, Connor McDavid disclosed.

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Wayne Gretzky was calling Connor to congratulate him for doing something special while playing hockey. Speaking about the incident, McDavid said that it was the weirdest thing. 

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Connor also spoke about how he was chosen to play for the Edmonton Oilers. “And obviously the history of Edmonton and because of Wayne and because of lots of players that came before us, it was kind of special.” Davidson also spoke about the pressure to perform well, especially in Edmonton. Interestingly, Wayne had also played for the Edmonton Oilers, which helped the two legends relate. 

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Connor went on to recall the first time he went to Edmonton and explored the city. He also narrated his experience of seeing the sports arena, Rexall Place.

Can Connor McDavid surpass Wayne Gretzky to become the GOAT in hockey? 

Recently, Connor became the first player to score 50 points in 27 games since Wayne Gretzky. Connor has also scored more than 200 goals in the seven NHL seasons that he has played. While this may not be enough to surpass Wayne Gretzky’s records, it reflects Connor’s huge potential. 

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The anecdote of Wayne’s call to McDavid will always be unforgettable in the history of hockey. As hockey fans, we wait to see Wayne’s and Connor’s future accomplishments. Do you think that Connor can be the next hockey GOAT and surpass Wayne? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Priya Hinduja

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Priya Hinduja is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. Post pursuing her Master's Degree in English, she worked as an English language trainer at Osmos Club and also dabbled with marketing at Debugee Technologies Pvt Ltd for a year. With a keen interest in playing chess and badminton in her leisure time, she also follows the activities of Michael Phelps, whose story motivates and inspires her.
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