Wayne Gretzky said Thursday evening in a statement that his father fought Parkinson’s disease and other health problems.
Walter Gretzky, the father of Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky, has died. He was 82.
Wayne Gretzky said in a statement on Thursday, that his father fought Parkinson’s disease and other health issues in recent years.
The news was announced on Wayne’s Twitter on behalf of the entire Gretzky family. You can read his touching tribute to his father, which is paired with a gorgeous sentimental photo, below.
— Wayne Gretzky (@WayneGretzky) March 5, 2021
In his younger days, Walter Gretzky himself became a name for a name that appeared with his famous son in commercials and appeared as a blue-collar symbol for a dedicated hockey parent
His celebrity status increased after making a remarkable recovery from a stroke suffered in 1991, and that’s when hockey fans realized how important he was to making the sport great.
His recovery was chronicled in its autobiography, “On Families, Hockey and Healing” and in a tailor-made film in 2005.
Wayne Gretzky also said that his father, Walter Gretzky, was his “first teammate.” Gretzky also added that his father is the reason why he fell in love with the hockey game and that he inspired him to be the best he could be in hockey and in life.
“You were my first teammate.”
Walter Gretzky, father of ‘The Great One,’ dead at 82https://t.co/5sz4c7sVCh
— Toronto Star (@TorontoStar) March 5, 2021
The older Gretzky trained on different levels of hockey and released several books on the game. In 2007 he was named in the order of Canada for his sports contributions.
Our thoughts are with the entire family of Walter Gretzky as they navigate through this undoubtedly difficult time.