“Envious” Parents Didn’t Let 6-Year-Old Wayne Gretzky Perform Miracles in Peace

Published 02/23/2023, 9:27 AM EST

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Wayne Gretzky A.K.A The Great One holds a dedicated spot in the history of ice hockey. The NHL Hall of Famer indeed did some wonders during his 20 years of career in the sport. Earning the nickname, getting noticed by his idol Gordie Howe, and still holding the highest number of goals, can attribute to the best time he had. Gretzky has always been a special talent. He was a superstar even before he reached his teenage. But unlike the next phase of his life, the Great One had a rocky start.

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Starting at a young age, Gretzky could compete with boys double his size and age. Getting minimized by the competitors for his physique and experience was very usual for little Wayne. But the discouragement from the crowd every time he played well was shattering for him.

A young Wayne Gretzky used to return home crying

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Gretzky literally learned to skate even before he could walk properly. And he could edge out kids twice his age by the time he was six. Even at the same age, he joined a hockey team with kids aged around 10-12. The prodigy never played hockey with the boys of his age group. The senior kids used to sabotage his game by doing some forced tackles, as they would never level up with him.

 

People, including parents of kids who were double the size and age when compared to Gretzky, hated him for one reason. And that was because the young boy would only need the proper shoes, a stick, and a puck to focus, then he’d go and make miracles on the ice. Aware of the emotions that were growing around him, he once said, “I became little bit of a small celebrity in a small town, then became no. 1 between for people. Either they loved me or they hated me. They were envious or disliked me.”

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Of course, it felt disgusting for the little one to get booed whenever he scored a goal. He would return crying after the end of every game. But, with age, little Wayne learned to skate away from the adversities around him and eventually became Canada’s most sought-after hockey icon.

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The Great One’s peripheral sense was on-point!

Indeed, he possesses an uncanny ability that comes with incredible talent and beyond-the-bound dedication. With his distinguished skills, the Great Gretzky made the audience wonder how he almost had eyes on the back of his head. Literally, he somehow sensed the next movement of his opponents and perform accordingly.

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Soumili Chatterjee

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Soumili Chatterjee is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She secured her bachelor’s and master's degree in English literature from the University of Calcutta. After being a technical and blog writer for nearly three years, it was her ardent love for sports that steered her career toward the sports industry.
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Jahnabi Choudhury

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