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“Wanted to Name My First Daughter Gordy”: NHL Legend Wayne Gretzky Once Accepted His Choice for Baby Names Was Veto’d by Wife but He Still Got One Through

Published 01/20/2023, 5:00 PM EST

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Wayne Gretzky, went on to rule the hearts of millions with his legendary skills. Halfway through his career, he was already a legendary player when he married American actress, Janet Jones, in 1988. Later, the couple had five children together. However, Gretzky revealed in an interview in 2021, how his choices in names weren’t taken into account much.

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Gretzky and Jones had their first child, a girl in 1989. In the 2021 Steam Room podcast, featuring Gretzky, the Canadian hockey player confessed, “I love baseball, and so I want to name my first daughter Gordy. My wife nicks that.” However, the daughter was eventually named Paulina and is now married to pro golf player, Dustin Johnson. While Gretzky didn’t get to name his first child, he made sure he got to name the second one.

Not at first but, Wayne Gretzky eventually got to name his kid


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Without wasting the second opportunity, Gretzky made sure beforehand that he got to name the second child. He disclosed, “I said okay, I get to name my second one.” He continued, “So I named him Ty after Ty Cobb because I love baseball, right.” Gretzky, does love his baseball.

Furthermore, The Great One continued to describe his relationship with Ty. He said, “He was my hockey guy; he loves hockey. We do hockey campus all over North America. He’s working with me here at Turner and you know he is one of my best friends and I love it.” 


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Wayne Gretzky began his career with zero expectations from the fans. However, the situation wasn’t the same with his kids. Especially for Ty Gretzky, who had a mountain of expectations on his shoulders, as he pursued ice hockey as his career.


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Ty Gretzky didn’t have an easy welcome to the career

At a small age, the constant comparisons with his father increased the amount of pressure on Ty. In an interview with the NY Times, Ty opened up and said, “I get smack-talked all the time on the ice from other players.” He continued, “Just like, ‘I thought you were going to be a lot better,’ stuff like that.” Carrying a legacy forward is not an easy task. With modern-day media carrying the tools to nitpick every action on the court, and off-court as well, it is no wonder Ty had a difficult time pursuing his passions

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For Gretzky, he was happy to finally have his love for baseball immortalized. Which name did you like better? Paulina or Gordy? Let us know in the comment section.


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Kaivalya R Pillai


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Dr. Kaivalya R Pillai is a US Sports author working at EssentiallySports. An accomplished academician, he recently completed his doctorate degree in pharmacy.
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