Former ice hockey hero Wayne
Gretzky, nicknamed "The Great One" and widely considered the greatest
hockey player of all time, is the son of Walter Gretzky, a former
minor league hockey player who helped coach his son to success.Walter
recounted these experiences in his 1985 book Gretzky: From Backyard
Rink to the Stanley Cup. Walter also penned 2003's On
Family, Hockey, and Healing. Walter has appeared in several documentaries
about his son, as well as in a Sharp ViewCam Camcorder commercial with Wayne
and Wayne's son, Ty Gretzky.
Walter's son Keith
Gretzky (Wayne's brother) is a Canadian amateur hockey scout and
former player for the International Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey
League. Although Keith was drafted by NHL team Buffalo Sabres in 1985, he never
played in a regular-season game. Keith once appeared with Wayne in a
7-Up soft drink commercial. Keith's line was, "I taught him everything he
Keith coached another
hockey-playing Gretzky brother, Brent Gretzky, for the Asheville
Smoke of the United Hockey League. Brent also played 13 games in the NHL, for
the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Yet another of Walter's
sons, Glen Gretzky, had a role in 1987's Prom Night II.
Glen was the associate producer of 2005's Waking Up Wally: The Walter
Gretzky Story, which detailed his father's experience recovering from a
near-fatal brain aneurysm. His family also appeared in the project. Glen worked
for his brother Wayne, the late actor John Candy, and Wayne's boss at the
time, Bruce McNall, when the three men briefly owned the Toronto Argonauts
Canadian football team.
Wayne's wife, Janet
Jones, is a dancer/actress who performed in the 1980 TV movie Snow
White Live, 1982's Annie, and 1983's Staying Alive.
She has had roles in several films, including 1984's The Flamingo Kid,
1985's A Chorus Line, 1988's Police Academy 5: Assignment:
Miami Beach, 1992's A League of Their Own, and 2006's Alpha
Dog. Wayne and Janet first met in 1984, when she was a dance contestant and
he was a judge on the TV show Dance Fever. She appeared with Wayne in
a Saturday Night Live skit in 1989 and on the cover of Cigar
Aficionado magazine in 1997.
Wayne and Janet's son Tristan
Gretzky appeared with his mother in the 2006 film Two Tickets
Their son Trevor
Gretzky is a baseball player who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in
Their daughter Paulina
Gretzky is an aspiring singer/model/actress who appeared as "Pink
Girl" in 2000's short In God We Trust, 2009's Fame as
"Gorgeous Blonde Senior," and "The Deputy" in 2011's Guns, Girls and
Gambling, which was executive produced by her mother. In 2004, Paulina sang
at a hockey alumni game in which her father was playing. Her song "Collecting
Dust" was featured on MTV's hit series Laguna Beach in 2005. In
2012, it was announced that Paulina would appear in the Adam Sandler flick Grown