|Born||October 29, 1949|
Prince Albert, SK, CAN
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)|
|Played for|| WHA |
Wayne Zuk (born October 29, 1949) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. During the 1973–74 season, Zuk played 2 games in the World Hockey Association with the Alberta Oilers.
Zuk also played in the International Hockey League, having stints with the Toledo Blades, Flint Generals, and the Saginaw Gears and the Southern Hockey League, playing with the Greensboro Generals during the 1974-75 season. He won the Gary F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the IHL's most outstanding first year player as voted on by the league's coaches following the 1969-70 season.
Wayne Douglas Gretzky is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed "The Great One", he has been called the greatest hockey player ever by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. Gretzky is the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and assists than any other player. He garnered more assists than any other player scored total points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, Gretzky tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular season records, 15 playoff records, and 6 All-Star records.
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