|Born January 26, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Center Wayne Gretzky's incomparable professional career also included participation in several IIHF events. In 1978 he earned "Best Forward" honours in addition to the scoring title at the IIHF World Junior Championship racking up 17 points in 6 games and bronze medal finish. In the 1982 IIHF World Championship he led Canada to another bronze finish, and along the way claimed another scoring title with 14 points in 10 games and took home the IIHF Directorate Best Forward Award. Gretzky finished his international career at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. In between, Wayne lifted Canada to three Canada Cup titles and won four consecutive scoring titles at the 1981, 1984, 1987 and 1991 tournaments. Gretzky also won a silver medal in 1996 at the inaugural World Cup of Hockey. His outstanding NHL career thrilled ice hockey fans from 1979 until 1999 starring for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers. While Gretzky is most proud to have his name on the Stanley Cup four times, he personally holds a staggering 61 NHL records. The "Great One" is simply the best player ever to play game of ice hockey.