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Gretzky has a great time

The “Great One” had a great time.

Even though he finished 48th out of 76 players, retired hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky came away from his first American Century Celebrity Golf Championship with his trademark grin.

“The golf course has been a lot of fun, and it’s been fun meeting all of the celebrities I got to meet, be around and play with,” said Gretzky following his final-round 88 Sunday that left him 52-over par for 54 holes.



The NHL’s leading scorer in 10 of his 20 seasons didn’t have any expectations.

“For me, the game of golf is fun. I don’t take golf too seriously. I don’t have any false aspirations about where my game is going to go.




I’m just like everyone else in North America. I just enjoy the game,” Gretzky said.

The humble all-time leading scorer in the NHL with 894 goals and 1,963 assists isn’t sure if his golf game is good enough to warrant an invite next year.

“I don’t know if they’re going to invite me (back). I’d hope. I had a wonderful four days,” Gretzky said.

With his illustrious hockey career behind him, the 38-year-old Gretzky envisions catching up on some quality family time with his wife, actress Janet Jones, and their three children Ty, Trevor and Paulina. The couple is also expecting their fourth child in November.

“Where it’s going to be good now is birthdays, Christmas time, anniversaries, New Year’s and those kind of days. Those are the times when I can be home now, and I can plan around that. Whereas during the hockey season I was committed to working,” Gretzky said.

Eventually, the owner of a hockey equipment company, eight California roller rinks and a Toronto restaurant wants to decide the course of his future away from the game.

“I have a lot going on the that keeps me busy. All of that is enjoyable for me. What I need to do is find something that’s just as exciting or close to as exciting as playing the game of hockey,” Gretzky said. “For now, I’m enjoying retirement, I’m enjoying people and traveling around a little bit.”

In other words, he’s having a great time.


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