Monday, December 18, 2006

Son of the Great One

In case you missed it, the New York Times had a feature on Wayne Gretzky's 15-year-old son, Ty, that ran last Friday:
Wayne Gretzky described his son as “a really good young man” who is still learning about himself.

“I told him one day: ‘Don’t worry about the pressure. You’re not Wayne Gretzky, you’re Ty Gretzky,’ ” he said. “And he told me that I shouldn’t need to worry about that, because there aren’t too many guys who are Wayne Gretzky anyway. So I said, ‘I guess you’ve got it figured out.’ ”



At 10:30 p.m., December 18, 2006, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

He played no other organized hockey until last season, when he lived with his father and had 24 goals and 37 points in 16 games for the Brophy College Preparatory junior varsity team in Phoenix.

Ty missed the league scoring title by a point, and Brophy won the seven-team league...

Hmm. Not bad, not bad at all.

...although the competition was not the greatest, with one team of girls finishing the season 0-19-1.

For the love of fuck. On the one hand, you've got the legend of Gretzky pere, who moved away from home at 14 to dominate a league of 20 year olds. On the other hand, you have Ty, who came close to winning a scoring title in a girls league.

I mean, really...this is not a good part of the story. The guy's a shitty hockey player. Why write about it?

At 10:58 p.m., December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard he beat up one of the girls pretty bad though... they had to drive an ambulance out on to the ice and everything. So he might make the NHL as a goon.

At 11:27 p.m., December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The media must have run out of ways to tell the "Walter Gretzky is the most awesomest hockey dad ever because he built a backyard rink and filmed his little phenom' story. Wayne Gretzky is not Jeebus. His coaching proves that, indeed, he is not only mortal, he's mediocre.

At 11:53 p.m., December 18, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I'm with Art — down with the media! Who wants to hear the origin story of the greatest hockey player of all-time anyway?

At 12:39 a.m., December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without getting into whether Wayner is the greatest of all time, I didn't exactly say Down with Media. I implied Down with Sycophantic Media that retells the same story over and over again, like the other 792 NHLers don't have fathers. Wayne is not Jeebus and Walter is not God. He's just one dad who built a rink, pushed his kid, filmed his kid. The end. We get it already. Let's not start slavering over Wayne's kid. Pay half as much attention to the fact that, ahem, Janet dropped five large on the Super Bowl coin toss and how his assistant coach allegedly ran the book for NHL players. Maybe then the media would have some credibility in this country. With all due respect. Coming from a former media person.

At 11:20 a.m., December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I demand a feature on the sons of the Habs 1970s Stanley Cup champions.
What's Larry Robinson's kid up to?
How about Rejean Houle's son.
Hell, can we read about Carbo's daughter and her marriage to Brenden Morrow?
Does any hockey player have a really interesting pet like a dog or cat.
That would get me all pink and squishy!

At 1:04 p.m., December 19, 2006, Anonymous jeff said...

Slow down boys. Whats with all the animosity? If you don't want to read the article, don't read the article.

At 3:37 p.m., December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Ty is no Tie, even!

Might become the two hundredth and something # pick of the Yotes in the 2011 draft as a 20 year old.

15 is way too late to start competitive play but I hope he has a blast playing, people leave him alone somewhat, and he gets an even better sense of his fathers accomplishments.

Thanks for linking to it.


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