Even if you're not a hockey fan, you know who Wayne Gretzky is. Gretzky's nickname is "The Great One" for a reason. He played in the NHL for 20 seasons for four teams (Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers) from 1979 to 1999. Many people consider Gretzky to be the greatest hockey player ever.
Fun fact: Gretzky scored nearly 900 goals (894) in 1,487 NHL games. Even if you took away every single goal he scored, he'd still have more assists than anybody else had in points.
Gretzky held 61 NHL records (40 regular season records, 15 postseason records, six All-Star records) at the time of his retirement in 1999. He was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame following his retirement. He continues to hold 60 records up to this day. Colorado Avalanche forward and alternate captain Nathan MacKinnon eradicated one of Gretzky's records in his rookie season in 2014. MacKinnon earned a point in his 13th consecutive game for the longest streak ever by an 18-year-old.
Gretzky met his future wife Janet Jones (actress) while serving as a judge on the musical variety series Dance Fever. The couple became engaged in January 1988 and exchanged their vows in a lavish ceremony six months later. The Canadian press called the ceremony "The Royal Wedding." They have five children: Paulina, Ty, Trevor, Tristan and Emma. Aside from Paulina, the other kids seem to be strangers to the limelight.
Here are 15 things Gretzky doesn't want you to know about his kids.
15 Paulina Has A Tattoo Of The No. 99
Paulina isn't a hockey star, but she has a tattoo of the No. 99-her father's league-wide retired jersey number. So it's kind of like the phrase "like father, like daughter." She paid tribute to her father with the scandalous tattoo. We don't know why the tattoo is on her bikini line though.
Whatever her reason is for the outrageous placement of her tattoo doesn't really matter. She's a smokin' hot girl who apparently loves to flaunt her body in skimpy outfits and revealing swimsuits. In this particular photo, she's candidly snapped with Dustin Johnson for a beach day. Not only did she soak up the sun in a yellow bikini, she also caught a lot of attention. The exposure wasn't too bad for her as she's a celebutante with a career in entertainment (acting, singing, modeling).
14 Ty Played Hockey At Shattuck St. Mary's
With a father who's known as "The Great One," it can be hard for his oldest son Ty to follow his footsteps in the NHL world. "We didn’t have last names on the back of our jerseys, but somehow people in the stands would just find out who I was and yell, ‘You’ll never be as good as your dad in hockey,'” Ty told Thomas Gase of the Thousand Oaks Acorn. “I knew that. Nobody can be as good as him. He’s the best ever."
Ty used to play hockey at Shattuck St. Mary's, a boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota, but quit the sport after feeling a lot of pressure from the Sabres. He moved back to southern California and then attended Arizona State University, graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2014.
13 Trevor Plays Baseball... In Canada
Trevor split his time between the baseball diamond and football field at Oaks Christian School. Although he admitted he loves both sports, baseball was his true calling. He told Gase, "I grew up in New York going to Yankee games and just liked the sport right away. My brother and I used to play together all the time."
The Chicago Cubs drafted Trevor in the seventh round of the 2011 June Amateur Draft. However, his numbers weren't record-breaking as he batted .242 with two home runs and 21 RBIs for the Class-A Burlington Bees in 2015. He was released by the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. He still plays baseball, just not in the United States. He currently plays for the Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the Canadian-American Association.
Unlike his father, Trevor plays a different sport, but his primary goal remains the same-to get the chance to compete in a postseason run.
12 Tristan Is An Actor
As a 17-year-old, Tristan is the youngest son in the Gretzky family. Next year, he'll turn 18-years-old and officially become an adult. Like his siblings, he was born in Los Angeles and has an interest in achieving his own career goals.
Tristan is an up-and-coming actor who has starred in the 2006 comedy drama film Two Tickets to Paradise as Hayden (Mark Hewson's son). His mother Janet Jones Gretzky also starred in the film, playing Sherry (Mark's wife). The movie was filmed near Interstate 95 in gorgeous southern California, mainly the San Diego area. He was also featured in the special thanks section of the video documentary Ultimate Gretzky.
It looks like show business sort of runs in the family as Tristan made his acting debut at a young age. If he decides to continue acting, that's cool. If he doesn't, then that's cool too. He can choose his own career path.
11 Emma Is An Actress
At 14 years old, Emma is the youngest member of the Gretzky family. She's an actress who has starred in the 2013 drama film Palo Alto, which focuses on the lives and struggles of a group of teenagers in Palo Alto, California. On the contrary, the filming for the movie actually took place in southern California at the homes of Gia Coppola and Val Kilmer's mother.
Emma has four more years until she legally becomes an adult. She may not become as steamy as her older sister, Paulina, but only time will tell. She's still a good catch as half of her looks came from her mother and the other half from her father. She has been playing tennis since last year. Who knows, maybe she'll become a tennis star one day. After all, she does have the looks—a fresh pair of eyes and a lovely head of blonde hair. She just needs to continue honing her skills on the court.
10 Paulina's Net Worth Is $5 Million
Yes, Paulina is the daughter of "The Great One" but she has her own career. She followed her mother's footsteps in the entertainment industry, and while it may not be stable, she's still making some dough!
As a singer, Paulina performed for the first time-singing "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan at the 2003 Heritage Classic in Edmonton, Canada, released a song called "Collecting Dust" which was featured on iTunes and MTV reality TV series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. She also dabbled in modeling, posing for the August 2005 cover of the Canadian magazine Flare, and played Bikini Girl Daisy in the 2013 comedy film Grown Ups 2.
Aside from her own cash, Paulina is still a heiress to her father's net worth of $200 million. And let's not forget that she'll have a claim to half of her fiancé's net worth of $20 million once they tie the knot.
9 Ty Skates Like His Father
Ty doesn't play hockey anymore, but when he did, he skated with the same hunched-over style like his father. We're absolutely certain you've noticed that "The Great One" displayed a distinctive skating style: dramatically bent over at the waist as opposed to most hockey players. Now you know why he got the nickname "Pretzel." Furthermore, the skating style became familiar to hockey fans all over America.
Years ago, Ty skated around with one leg bent at the knee and waved his stick in the air. He has a striking resemblance to his father, who was almost always on the move in the sport of hockey. Unfortunately, he skated in the shadows of his father, but it's all good. He worked towards his own career, which isn't the end of the world. At least he's doing some productive things and not just sitting at home spending his parents' money on trivial items.
8 Trevor Dabbled In Hockey
Like we mentioned earlier, Trevor split his time between the baseball diamond and football field at Oaks Christian School. But did you know that he dabbled in hockey? Sure, hockey is one of the coolest sports around, but he eventually decided to walk away from the rink.
However, it's not surprising Trevor lost interest in hockey. Besides the annual family visits to Toronto and Brantford, the Gretzky kids had little exposure to Canada's fixation with their NHL star father. The Gretzky family didn't really talk about hockey at home either. In addition, their father left all but one of his trophies—the Rocket Richard Trophy that Maurice "Rocket" Richard gave to him—in his native Canada.
Fun fact: Trevor didn't even know that there was a statue of his father in Edmonton until he saw it for the first time at the age of 11. That says quite a lot about him.
7 Tristan Has Played Golf With Dustin Johnson
Two years ago, Tristan played a casual round of golf with his older sister's fiancé, Dustin Johnson-an established name in the world of golf. There's a reason why Johnson calls his future brother-in-law "the Mayor." With his angular swing, Tristan kills the ball and often launches drives within 20 yards of Johnson's game-changing whacks. He smooths an eight-iron pin-high on the par-three 12th hole, which plays 186 yards. Then he's over the ball—about to hit—when Johnson interrupts.
Here's the dialogue of their conversation:
Johnson: "8 or 9?"
Johnson: "You need an 8."
Tristan: "I was gonna hit it hard and…"
Johnson: "It's an 8."
Tristan tromps to pull more clubs out of his bag and then plays a draw that settles just past the flag. As Johnson left the tee, he laughed at his protégé's impetuousness. "Sh*t, when I was his age, I would've tried to kill a 9, too," he told Alan Shipnuck of Golf.com. "And if you don't hit it absolutely perfect, it will come up short in the bunker every time. You get older, you realize you don't have to always make it so hard on yourself."
6 Emma Received A Birthday Surprise From Justin Bieber
Two Canadian stars collided when Wayne Gretzky and Justin Bieber hung out together in Las Vegas. Wayne's family popped backstage to meet Bieber before his sold-out show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Although Wayne looked thrilled to meet the Stratford native and even presented him with an Edmonton Oilers jersey, it was Emma who was head over heels. In honor of her 13th birthday, she was surprised with an exclusive meet and greet with the "Sorry" singer.
Emma's mother Janet took to Instagram to share a photo of the birthday girl posing with the pop star. She captioned the photo: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMMA we love you ? have fun #13@justinbieber#purposeworldtour"
While Justin was glad he made Emma’s birthday wishes come true, the singer announced that he won't be doing any more meet and greets at his concerts in order to save his emotional energy. He explained the situation in an emotional note, writing, "I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people's spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy. I want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression."
5 Tristan Got Into A Fight With Standout Quarterback
Don't mess with Wayne Gretzky's children.
Matt Corral, a standout high school quarterback and a USC football commit, undoubtedly learned his lesson after getting into a fight with Tristan. As a result, Corral was reportedly forced to transfer from Oaks Christian School to Long Beach Polytechnic High School about 60 miles south.
The fight occurred at a high school basketball game in front of a large group of people. Not long after the fight, Corral tweeted about his decision to leave Oaks Christian School, writing, "I did not get expelled, nor did I punch anyone...I ran into problems at a school that is biased towards money. So if you have a lot of it, you run the school. No matter what the situation is. No matter what I say, I am wrong." He added, "Leaving Oaks Christian is something that my family thought was the right thing to do. I am sorry if I offended anyone."
4 Ty Had An Remarkable "Take Your Kid To Work Day"
Growing up, Ty had a "Take Your Kid To Work Day" that he'll never forget. It's obvious that Ty's the eldest son of "The Great One" and he grew up learning a thing or two about hockey, but he got the chance to meet one of this father's teammates: Rangers center Mark Messier.
Messier is one of the greatest NHL players of all-time. He ranks second on the all-time career lists for postseason points (295) and regular season games played (1756) and ranks third for regular season points (1887). He's a six-time Stanley Cup champion—five with the Oilers and one with the Rangers. He received his nickname "The Messiah" after captaining a playoff leadership in New York, which ended a 54-year Stanley Cup drought in 1994. He also got his second nickname "The Moose" for his aggression and strength. He's a 15-time NHL All-Star. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was part of the second group of players who were named into the "100 Greatest NHL Players."
That being said, Ty had a remarkable "Take Your Kid To Work Day." Not many children get the chance to meet the athletes who play with their parents.
3 Emma Practiced Tennis With Eugenie Bouchard
The Gretzky family showed some love for Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard at the 2016 BNP Paribas Open. Wayne dropped off his daughter Emma at Court 8 in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. She was nonchalantly greeted by an already warmed-up Bouchard, who already practiced for about 45 minutes-working on net approaches and volleys. She was more than ready to take on the 12-year-old tennis newbie.
Emma's mother told Eh Game that her daughter had only been serious about the sport of tennis for about six months.
Wayne missed the entire practice due to his apparent difficulty getting back through the gates. However, Janet was more stressed about the practice than her husband was. Emma is the youngest of the couple's five children. Her big sister Paulina has received the most attention out of all of them.
2 Trevor's Deal With The Cubs Was Negotiated By His Father
"The Great One" took an eminent role in Trevor's budding baseball career. When Trevor was selected by the Cubs in the seventh round with the 219th overall pick of the 2011 Major League Baseball Entry Draft, his father felt as if he was fulfilling some kind of sports destiny. After all, Wayne's father was a fan of Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita, and he made his NHL debut in Chicago against Mikita and the Blackhawks.
Trevor was going to get paid if he chose the Cubs over playing college baseball at San Diego State University. And his contract negotiator Wayne made sure that was going to happen.
The Cubs officially signed 1B/OF Gretzky on August 12, 2011.
Late San Diego State head coach Tony Gwynn reportedly said that news about Trevor slipped during a conversation between some Hall of Fame athletes. "Wayne mentioned how he started his pro career as a 17-year-old, how if you work hard enough you can make it," Gwynn told the Toronto Sun.
Trevor Gretzky's deal with the Cubs was eventually leaked and he was later assigned to a minor league team. He got a large sum of $375,000, but he has potential along with some sports DNA.
1 Paulina's Mother Set Her Up With Dustin Johnson
Paulina is famous for being the daughter of Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones. She dated pro golfer Dustin Johnson for seven months before getting engaged in 2013. The power couple have two sons—Tatum Gretzky Johnson (born 2015) and River Jones Johnson (born 2017)—and appear to be happy together.
When Johnson arrived to Southport, England, for the British Open 2017, he spoke to the media about how he left his wife and their newborn son at home. He told Joe Tambini of Express, "No, they're not over here. My new son is only five weeks old. He’s at home with mom and he's doing well. Everybody is happy."
It's a good thing that Tatum now has a baby brother, but the "how we met" story of his parents was rather unexpected. Paulina's mother invited Johnson to their family home in 2011. She that she looked like a complete ragamuffin, but there was a really cute guy, so they exchanged phone numbers and things took off from there.