Wayne Gretzky writing hockey book for NHL's 99th anniversary

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Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is writing a book about his incredible life and career in the NHL and promises to reveal things only his friends, family and teammates know. The book will be published in the fall of 2016 to coincide with the NHL's 99th anniversary.

"Hockey has a rich history full of great characters and stories," said Gretzky in a press release. "I thought that the 99th anniversary of the NHL would be a great time to give my take on some of the great moments of this amazing game... things I have only shared with my friends, family and teammates."

The Great One began playing hockey at the age of two in a backyard rink built by his dad. Over his career, Gretzky earned four Stanley Cups, nine Hart Trophies and still holds several NHL records, including most goals scored in a single season (92 set in 1982). He retired from the game in 1999 and was immediately inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Gretzky's book will be written in collaboration with Kirstie McLellan Day, who has co-written bestselling hockey books with CBC's Ron MacLean (Hockey Towns and Cornered) and Theo Fleury (Playing With Fire).

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