Canadian ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was like a chess Grandmaster on the ice. Other NHL stars knew how to skate, how to pass and how to shoot, but Gretzky did it better than them all and was 15 moves ahead at every turn. His 20 NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers yielded nearly untouchable records. When the entire sport refers to an area behind the net as your "office," there's a very good chance you've achieved legendary status. But Paulina Gretzky's father doesn't stop there.
The most regular season points, goals and assists in a career? Wayne Gretzky. The most points, goals and assists in a single season? Wayne Gretzky. The most points, goals and assists in playoffs history? Wayne Gretzky. The most Hart Memorial Trophies as the NHL's Most Valuable Player? Yep, that'd be Wayne Gretzky, who won the damn thing nine times. No other player in history has more than 6 (Gordie Howe), and the most in the modern era belong to Mario Lemieux and Alexander Ovechkin. Both of them own three.
But if Wayne Gretzky was "The Great One," his daughter Paulina Gretzky should be "The Greatest One."
Who is Paulina Gretzky?
Born on December 19, 1988, the eldest Gretzky child is easily the most famous of Wayne and actress Janet Gretzky's (formerly Janet Jones) five children. 34-year-old Paulina was born in Los Angeles, California, but attended high school in New York in line with her father's career path. But Paulina didn't just settle for being Gretzky's daughter. She carved a path all her own.
Gretzky's appeared in three films — "Fame" (2009), "Guns, Girls and Gambling" (2012), and "Grown Ups 2" (2013) — and even sang a cover of Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You" at the Heritage Classic Weekend in Edmonton, Canada back in 2003.
Her original song "Collecting Dust" was featured on season two of the TV show "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" on MTV.
In 2013, Gretzky became engaged to PGA Tour golfer Dustin Johnson, the former No. 1-ranked player in the world. While the two were fiancées, they welcomed two children together. Son Tatum Gretzky Johnson was born in January 2015, and son River Jones Johnson was born in June 2017.
After almost nine years, the couple got the ball rolling and sent out luxurious wedding invitations including Cristal champagne and Baccarat crystal champagne glasses. The date of the big day remains a secret but it will be happening sometime in 2022 at Blackberry Farm, a five-star resort in Walland, Tennessee. The couple told GolfWeek they planned on getting married at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. And from her Instagram story and selfies from the day, it seemed like a blast!
When it comes to the significant others of pro athletes, Gretzky is by far one of the most recognizable "WAG" Instagram and social media influencers at age 33.
How Did The Athletic Couple Meet?
According to Business Insider, the two met after the professional golfer was paired with Paulina's mother at a golf tournament in 2009. So, yes, Johnson met his fiancée's mother before even meeting Paulina.
It wasn't until three years later they went on their first date. Paulina's parents, including the great one, even went out with them.
"That's how it goes in our family," Wayne Gretzky told Business Insider. "Janet and I go out to eat, and we somehow always wind up with seven or eight people at the table. Everyone is invited."
Paulina Gretzky Loves Sharing Her Life Social Media
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When it comes to famous celebs, Wayne Gretzky's daughter may not be the first who comes to mind, but the socialite and mother of two boys is living her very real life to the fullest and enjoying it one U.S. Open victory at a time.
Paulina Gretzky, the 33-year-old daughter of the greatest hockey player ever, has been a huge part and huge supporter of Dustin Johnson, the former world No. 1 golfer. She's been around golf clubs for his successes and failures, from the first round to the final round of mashing golf balls onto fairways during tournaments like the Ryder Cup over the course of his professional career.
Johnson's golf career is still trending upward. The 2020 FedEx Cup champion took home the coveted green jacket at The Masters in Augusta, Georgia, in 2020, during which his brother Austin was his caddie. Now, Johnson is primed to take his talents to new heights with the LIV golf season kicking off, as the Saudi-backed golf tour takes the world by storm.
But, the question as to whether or not he can best his soon-to-be father-in-law in the trophy department? That remains to be seen. But don't worry, Dustin certainly has the time and the talent to potentially give the elder Gretzky a run for his money. And with his son-in-law joining up with LIV Golf, he may even be raking cash than the Great One to boot.
This article was originally published March 24, 2020.
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