Walter Gretzky’s memorial service in Brantford

  • Walter Gretzky’s memorial service in Brantford

Walter Gretzky’s memorial service in Brantford

"He inspired me to be the best I could be not just in the game of hockey, but in life", Gretzky said.

Brantford's Lord Mayor Walter Gretzky - coach to hundreds of kids and known to much of the world as the iconic hockey father of hockey great Wayne Gretzky - died Thursday evening at his home.

A small memorial sprung up for Walter Gretzky outside the arena that bears his son's name in Brantford on Friday. The amount of times that he would spend with kids, with adults.

In his 1990 autobiography, Wayne Gretzky described how his father often worked shooting drills with him to refine his sense of anticipation.

As you can see from the graphic above, I attempted to quickly recreate this logo based on the one photograph released by the team.

Tom McInerney helped organize a golf tournament fundraiser for Parkinson's a few years ago with Walter as the special guest for the event.

"It doesn't get in the way", he said. I'm so proud of the fact that so many people have reached out and given him such great tributes because he deserves it. "Baloney. I've just learned to guess what's going to happen next".