For the greatest player of all time, it must be tough for Wayne Gretzky to narrow down his greatest day in his life of hockey.
His first NHL game? His first NHL goal? His first Stanley Cup? The 1987 Canada Cup? When the Kings beat the Leafs in 1993? Maybe the 2002 Olympic gold medal?
In the new Hockey Night In Canada book My Greatest Day, Wayne Gretzky and 49 other hockey people were asked to name their greatest day, which is not the same as greatest game or accomplishment. And, like Gretzky, often the answer was not what you'd expect.
Gretzky chose his final day in hockey, at least as a player, as his greatest day. He picked it because it was a very special day spent with his father, Walter, and mother, Phyllis. Like years earlier when Wayne was a kid, they drove to the rink together, talking hockey just like in the old days. When Wayne hit the ice, knowing full well that this was his last game ever, he was so happy to be able to see his parents in the stands. For Wayne it was the perfect ending to a near-perfect career.
Gretzky was not the only person to go off the board with what may be a surprising selection. Gordie Howe had a similar story to Gretzky's. Both Cassie Campbell's and Tony Granato's really surprise. Even Darryl Sittler and Mark Messier have interesting choices.
What about Scotty Bowman? Bobby Clarke? Sidney Crosby? Bobby Orr? Dave Keon? Alexander Ovechkin?
Head over to HockeyBookReviews.com for the full book review of Scott Morrison's Hockey Night In Canada: My Greatest Day.
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