Hockey's meteoric star
Recognition came early for Wayne Gretzky. He began signing autographs at age 10. He was the focus of countless newspaper articles and a TV special by age 11. At 11, he made a name for himself by scoring 378 goals and 116 assists in a 78-game season playing for the Brantford's Nadrofsky Steelers. He won the scoring race by 238 goals. That year he was dubbed "The Great Gretzky."
By the time of this March 1974 interview with CBC's Peter Gzowski, the 13-year-old was a seasoned hockey star. Yet when asked if he's going to turn pro, the 5-foot-2, 93-pound whiz kid tells Gzowski: "All I can say is I hope."
"How much do you think you might be worth? Would you believe a million dollars?" asks Gzowski.
"I don't know," says Gretzky, his voice cracking. Gzowski describes his young guest as grinning and shaking his head in disbelief at the question.Listen to the interview:
Gzowski was a fan and a friend to Wayne Gretzky. He later wrote about meeting the 13-year-old hockey prodigy.
"He looked like a squirrel... a slim, solemn, blond, not unattractive kid in a hockey jacket but, nevertheless, a squirrel," Gzowski said in Total Gretzky, published in 1999.
Posted on Jul 23, 2011 6:00:00 AM