It was 13 years from the day that Gregg graduated with his medical degree until he entered his final year of residency. Over the course of that time, he had skated for Canada in the Olympics twice, been playing coach in Japan for two years, won the Canada Cup, and earned five Stanley Cup rings as a stay-at-home defenseman with Edmonton. In the meantime, he graduated to double harness, saw four children born into their home, and managed to complete all but that final year of his studies and apprenticeship.
Born in Edmonton in 1956, in the same hospital where he would one day intern, he entered the science programme at the University of Alberta when he was only sixteen, hoping one day to follow his older brother, Ron, into the field of medicine. He had been playing hockey at the Midget, then Juvenile level, but when he entered medicine in 1975, his brother, Gary, told him it was time to forget sports and concentrate on making something of himself. Mostly as an experiment to see how his shinny abilities stacked up against University standards, he tried-out for the U. of A. Golden Bears. He made the team, played four seasons with the club, twice leading his team to the Canadian university championships, and was named Intercollegiate Player of the Year in 1979.
During his final year in the CIAU he was approached by Father David Bauer about playing for Canada's National Team. Even though he received overtures from the New York Rangers, he pursued his resolve to work toward playing in the Olympics the following year. Receiving just $4000 that winter, he participated in what he calls "the most enjoyable experience of his life". And, while he doesn't pin point that precisely, he recalls with no little pride the thrill of scoring on the great Tretiak in Lake Placid. In an effort to retain his amateur status, he signed as playing coach of the Kokudo Bunnies in Japan, where he remained for two years.
He joined the Edmonton Oilers for the playoffs in 1982, and became one of their steadiest blueliners as they marched to their successive Stanley Cup championships in 1984 and 1985. After the 1986 schedule he retired for the first time, a move which lasted just six weeks. But after the Alberta city's third Cup triumph in the spring of 1987, he "left hockey for good," and applied for a residency programme in orthopedic surgery. Shortly thereafter he was invited to be a part of the 1988 Olympic squad, and, when that tournament concluded, he pulled on the Blue and Orange of the Oilers in time to add a fourth Lord's Stanley's mug to his collection of trophy wins.
Following two more seasons, and one more NHL playoff triumph, he was left unprotected and retired once more. Following that year off, during which he concentrated on an organization called "Funteam", intended to eliminated the "win at all costs" attitude so prevalent in minor hockey, he signed with Vancouver, who had drafted him in the summer of 1990. He played 21 games, then finally hung them up for real in the spring of 1992.