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Wayne Gretzky Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

— Wayne Gretzky



Wayne Gretzky Quote: “The day I stop giving is the day I stop receiving. The day I stop learning is the day I stop growing. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

The day I stop giving is the day I stop receiving. The day I stop learning is the day I stop growing. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Maybe it wasn’t the talent the Lord gave me-maybe it was the passion.”

Maybe it wasn’t the talent the Lord gave me-maybe it was the passion.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Only one thing is ever guaranteed, that is that you will definitely not achieve the goal if you don’t take the shot.”

Only one thing is ever guaranteed, that is that you will definitely not achieve the goal if you don’t take the shot.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “No matter who you are, we’re creatures of habit. The better your habits are, the better they will be in pressure situations.”

No matter who you are, we’re creatures of habit. The better your habits are, the better they will be in pressure situations.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “I heard people say, ‘Why would he want to do this?’ My answer is ‘Why not?’ It is what I love. It’s what I know.”

I heard people say, ‘Why would he want to do this?’ My answer is ‘Why not?’ It is what I love. It’s what I know.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.”

The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “I don’t think any one person will ever be bigger than the game.”

I don’t think any one person will ever be bigger than the game.

— Wayne Gretzky



Wayne Gretzky Quote: “I knew at a young age, whether I was playing baseball or hockey or lacrosse, that my teammates were counting on me, whether it be to strike the last batter out in a baseball game or score a big goal in a hockey game.”

I knew at a young age, whether I was playing baseball or hockey or lacrosse, that my teammates were counting on me, whether it be to strike the last batter out in a baseball game or score a big goal in a hockey game.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “I played everything. I played lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, track and field. I was a big believer that you played hockey in the winter and when the season was over you hung up your skates and you played something else.”

I played everything. I played lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, track and field. I was a big believer that you played hockey in the winter and when the season was over you hung up your skates and you played something else.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Not doing it is certainly the best way to not getting it.”

Not doing it is certainly the best way to not getting it.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “The greatest thing about playing obviously is winning, and you can’t replace that experience with anything.”

The greatest thing about playing obviously is winning, and you can’t replace that experience with anything.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “I don’t like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don’t like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it’s essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you.”

I don’t like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don’t like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it’s essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “One hundred percent of shots not taken don’t go in.”

One hundred percent of shots not taken don’t go in.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “I couldn’t beat people with my strength; I don’t have a hard shot; I’m not the quickest skater in the league. My eyes and my mind have to do most of the work.”

I couldn’t beat people with my strength; I don’t have a hard shot; I’m not the quickest skater in the league. My eyes and my mind have to do most of the work.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “When I was 5 and playing against 11-year-olds, who were bigger, stronger, faster, I just had to figure out a way to play with them.”

When I was 5 and playing against 11-year-olds, who were bigger, stronger, faster, I just had to figure out a way to play with them.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “People talk about skating, puck handling and shooting, but the whole sport is angles and caroms, forgetting the straight direction the puck is going, calculating where it will be directed, factoring in all the interruptions. Basically, my whole game is angles.”

People talk about skating, puck handling and shooting, but the whole sport is angles and caroms, forgetting the straight direction the puck is going, calculating where it will be directed, factoring in all the interruptions. Basically, my whole game is angles.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful.”

Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful.

— Wayne Gretzky



Wayne Gretzky Quote: “You’ll never catch me bragging about goals, but I’ll talk all you want about my assists.”

You’ll never catch me bragging about goals, but I’ll talk all you want about my assists.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “The Power of WHO provides great lessons about how to succeed in business and in life. If you surround yourself with quality people and great friends, the sky’s the limit.”

The Power of WHO provides great lessons about how to succeed in business and in life. If you surround yourself with quality people and great friends, the sky’s the limit.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “There’s no perfect coach in the world. Coaches are human, too. Mistakes are made. But, fundamentally, if you’re sound, you eliminate as many mistakes as possible.”

There’s no perfect coach in the world. Coaches are human, too. Mistakes are made. But, fundamentally, if you’re sound, you eliminate as many mistakes as possible.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “If I had to pick three players to start a franchise, I’d choose Hasek, Peter Forsberg and Eric Lindros.”

If I had to pick three players to start a franchise, I’d choose Hasek, Peter Forsberg and Eric Lindros.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “I have absolutely no complaints about my life. But people think I got handed everything, all this kind of fell in my lap, that I was just God-gifted with all this talent. I wanted people to realize it’s a lot tougher than just waking up one day and you’re in the NHL.”

I have absolutely no complaints about my life. But people think I got handed everything, all this kind of fell in my lap, that I was just God-gifted with all this talent. I wanted people to realize it’s a lot tougher than just waking up one day and you’re in the NHL.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “When emotions are high, things are said, things are done. Ultimately, these players want to play. I know too many of them love the game too much.”

When emotions are high, things are said, things are done. Ultimately, these players want to play. I know too many of them love the game too much.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Most people marry their mother. I married my father.”

Most people marry their mother. I married my father.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “One of the key qualities that you need to be a great hockey player is fantastic anticipation and feel for the game – if you know where the puck is going before it is hit, that is half the battle.”

One of the key qualities that you need to be a great hockey player is fantastic anticipation and feel for the game – if you know where the puck is going before it is hit, that is half the battle.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Thankfully, in my youth I had the best financial advisor a son could ask for: my dad Walter. When I got that first signing bonus in 1978, Dad took my cheque, announced, ‘This is what we’re going to do,’ and bought an annuity with it.”

Thankfully, in my youth I had the best financial advisor a son could ask for: my dad Walter. When I got that first signing bonus in 1978, Dad took my cheque, announced, ‘This is what we’re going to do,’ and bought an annuity with it.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Skating alone is an art. Doing it on a substance? I don’t know. That’s got to be tough.”

Skating alone is an art. Doing it on a substance? I don’t know. That’s got to be tough.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “I think sports for kids is the greatest thing in the world because it teaches you how to share, about winning and losing and pressure. But I don’t think you should force your kid to become a professional athlete.”

I think sports for kids is the greatest thing in the world because it teaches you how to share, about winning and losing and pressure. But I don’t think you should force your kid to become a professional athlete.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “At the end of the day everybody lost. We almost crippled our industry. It was very disappointing what happened.”

At the end of the day everybody lost. We almost crippled our industry. It was very disappointing what happened.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “The only shot I ALWAYS miss, is the one I don’t take!”

The only shot I ALWAYS miss, is the one I don’t take!

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “He brings something special. I don’t know what it is, but if you ask him, you couldn’t understand his answer.”

He brings something special. I don’t know what it is, but if you ask him, you couldn’t understand his answer.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Listen, everything I have in my life is because of the NHL and because of hockey, and I love the game and I loved every minute of being a player, I loved coaching, I loved being involved in the NHL.”

Listen, everything I have in my life is because of the NHL and because of hockey, and I love the game and I loved every minute of being a player, I loved coaching, I loved being involved in the NHL.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “We’re in a tough situation because of teenage children, and then we have a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old, so my family and my responsibilities is sort of a juggle.”

We’re in a tough situation because of teenage children, and then we have a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old, so my family and my responsibilities is sort of a juggle.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “I wasn’t naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that’s the way I’ll be as a coach.”

I wasn’t naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that’s the way I’ll be as a coach.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “It’s kind of ironic when I broke in at 17, I was told I was too small, too slow and I wouldn’t make the NHL.”

It’s kind of ironic when I broke in at 17, I was told I was too small, too slow and I wouldn’t make the NHL.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “People in general want to build somebody up and then try to knock them down. They always root for the underdog.”

People in general want to build somebody up and then try to knock them down. They always root for the underdog.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Hullie’s a lot like a garbage can. You step on the pedal with your foot and the top opens up.”

Hullie’s a lot like a garbage can. You step on the pedal with your foot and the top opens up.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “It’s an honour and a thrill and a privilege just to play in the NHL.”

It’s an honour and a thrill and a privilege just to play in the NHL.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Growing up, I was always the small guy.”

Growing up, I was always the small guy.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “I’m very proud of our NHL players. I think they all handle themselves extremely well and they all work really hard.”

I’m very proud of our NHL players. I think they all handle themselves extremely well and they all work really hard.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “It’s just amazing how many companies suddenly want you to hold up their products after you’ve held up the Stanley Cup.”

It’s just amazing how many companies suddenly want you to hold up their products after you’ve held up the Stanley Cup.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “By no means could I play at the level of these kids who play in the NHL now but as 50-year-olds go, I feel really good and I feel blessed that I’m still healthy.”

By no means could I play at the level of these kids who play in the NHL now but as 50-year-olds go, I feel really good and I feel blessed that I’m still healthy.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “Everything I did in hockey, I worked for.”

Everything I did in hockey, I worked for.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “And people who know me would tell you that away from hockey I’m really not that competitive.”

And people who know me would tell you that away from hockey I’m really not that competitive.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “A lot of times, I can turn and pass without even looking.”

A lot of times, I can turn and pass without even looking.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “When I broke into professional hockey at 17 I was told that I was too small and too slow and I wouldn’t make the NHL. Now it’s kind of flip-flopped and the sense is I can’t be a good coach because I was a great athlete.”

When I broke into professional hockey at 17 I was told that I was too small and too slow and I wouldn’t make the NHL. Now it’s kind of flip-flopped and the sense is I can’t be a good coach because I was a great athlete.

— Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky Quote: “My kids are no different than anyone else’s – they tend to disagree with everything I say!”

My kids are no different than anyone else’s – they tend to disagree with everything I say!

— Wayne Gretzky

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