NHL legend Wayne Gretzky announced late Thursday night that his father, Walter Gretzky, died after a battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 82-years-old.
Walter Gretzky played a significant role in Wayne's hockey career. He served as his son's personal coach growing up, helping him focus on anticipating the action and refining his shooting skills.
The 82-year-old was born in Ontario and was named to the Order of Canada in 2007 "for his contributions to minor hockey in Canada and for his dedication to helping a myriad of local, provincial and national charities."
Walter played junior and senior hockey growing up in Canada but never played at the pro level.