|Wayne Douglas Gretzky|
|Born January 26, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario|
|Height: 5' 11" Weight: 165 lbs.|
|With nothing left to prove in junior hockey and still not eligible for the NHL draft, 17-year-old Wayne Gretzky signed a personal-services contract with Indianapolis Racers' owner Nelson Skalbania in the summer of 1978.|
Gretzky's tenure in Indianapolis lasted only eight games before being sold to the Edmonton Oilers along with Peter Driscoll and Ed Mio for a reported $850,000. Gretzky went on to a 46-goal season in leading the Oilers to a first-place finish before losing out to the Winnipeg Jets in the AVCO Cup final.
In his only WHA season, Gretzky was named the WHA's rookie of the year, a Second Team All-Star, and played for the WHA All-Stars in a three-game series against Moscow Dynamo in January 1979.
Gretzky remained with the Oilers following their entry into the NHL and scored 894 goals in 1487 NHL games over a spectacular career that ended following the 1998-1999 season.
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