Walter Gretzky Was The World’s Hockey Dad

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He was, his famous son would often say, the true Great One. And if you ever had the good fortune to meet Walter Gretzky, and so many of you have, you knew exactly why. What made Walter Gretzky so great wasn’t that he produced and nurtured the greatest player who has ever played the game. It was how he made people around him feel. He was hockey royalty, Bell Canada’s most famous employee, and could very well have gotten all uppity about his status in the game and the country. But, without fail, he made every person feel as though he or she was the only person in the room, often when that same room was filled with thousands of people. Just take a look at how the tributes are pouring in for him in the hours after his death at the age of 82.