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by George Malik on 08/10/13 at 05:00 AM ET
We worked very, very, very hard to only offer the tip-top-best of the enormous amount of "25th anniversary of the Wayne Gretzky trade" articles/multimedia/blather/etc. over the past week, but I'm quite happy to post this article, because the Edmonton Sun's Terry Jones plain old interviewed Gretzky to ask how his life's going, and Gretzky sans hockey = a happy dad to his four kids:
Gretzky may or may not be happier if he happened to be still involved in the game, but talk to him as he spends the summer with his family at their Idaho retreat and he seems quite happy and content with the life he’s living.
While many former greats of the game have to deal with the ‘Didn’t You Used To Be’ syndrome at his age, Gretzky is in his glory when he occasionally finds it.
“I took my son Tristan and my son Ty home for Father’s Day two months ago to surprise my dad, and they wanted to see the Hockey Hall of Fame,” he started telling the stories. “I’m pretty good at that. I can put a hat on and kinda cruise around pretty easily. People don’t expect to see Wayne Gretzky walking around the Hockey Hall of Fame. So we just bought a couple of tickets and went in …” he said, when your agent interrupted.
“Bought the tickets?”
“Yeah, we bought the tickets,” he said, and continued. “Nobody knew we were there and we went in for a couple of hours and played all the games and did everything, and I showed them all the different players I’d played with.
“I was explaining to them that when I was a kid I used to go in for hours and hours. I used to just go down to the Hockey Hall of Fame and walk around and just stare at all the uniforms and the sticks and pucks and skates.So we had a good time walking around there without anybody knowing we were there until right at the end, somebody kind of spotted me.
“My son Tristan was in a hockey camp here in Idaho the other day and a couple of kids from Alberta were in the camp. I went on the ice with the kids at the camp and one of them said to me, ‘I heard Wayne Gretzky is coming. Is that true?’ It was kind of cute."
Jones continues at absolutely phenomenal length, yes, Gretzky addresses the fact that his daughter's a social media sensation, and basically, it's just nice to know that 25 years on, and despite the fact that the NHL owes the man several million dollars, the man at the center of the media maelstrom is just doing his own thing and enjoying himself.
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