Hockey world pays tribute to “Canada’s hockey dad” Walter Gretzky

Mar 5 2021, 5:58 pm

“Canada’s hockey dad,” Walter Gretzky has passed away, his son Wayne Gretzky confirmed the news through a social media post on Thursday night.

Wayne said that his father had been battling Parkinson’s and other health issues for the last few years.

Wayne credited Walter as the reason he fell in love with hockey and inspired him to be the best. Walter became a Canadian celebrity in his own right, with stories of him building a backyard rink for his children in Brantford, Ontario, now legendary.

In recent years, he became a crucial figure in hockey, with Watler’s impact coming from his philanthropic work. Walter’s passing resulted in many messages of remembrance from across the hockey world.

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