Though it’s been said that you don’t know what the Stanley Cup Playoffs are like, til you’ve lived the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Which might mean, as the NHL’s playoffs are upon us, there’s even more value in Wayne Gretzky.
Gretzky, 60, will teach a class on the mindset of an athlete. He’ll share personal accounts of his storied career which spanned from 1979-80 through 1998-99 and included his championship and defining years with the Edmonton Oilers, eight years in Los Angeles, helping change the landscape of hockey in the United States and California before closing out his career with the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers.
In his class, he’ll share his physical and mental habits that helped lead ‘The Great One’ to five Stanley Cup championships and seemingly every record the NHL has counted among skaters. And while the teachings are aimed with a pro athlete in mind and from the perspective of one of the most recognizable figures in the history of professional athletics, that doesn’t mean it’s not transferrable material for other walks of life or aspirations.
“You have to have a belief in what you want to accomplish,” Gretzky said in the MasterClass introductory video.“You don’t have to be an athlete to make an athlete’s mindset work for you. If you have a love and a passion for something, the rewards are endless.”
Among the topics the winner of multiple hardware including 10 Art Ross’, and nine Hart’s, he’ll go into how to set attainable goals, setting expectations, being a difference maker and one class about his most famous quote, “You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don’t Take.”
Since his retirement from the game, 99 has served as a minority owner for the Coyotes from 2000-01 through 2008-09 and served as the club’s head coach for four seasons beginning after the lockout in 2005-06. He’s also served as the General Manager for Team Canada at the Olympics in 2006 and the Gold Medal-winning team in Salt Lake City in 2002.