Gretzky 'an amateur' off the ice

STEVE TILLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

Wayne Gretzky dominated the ice for most of his 21-year playing career in the NHL. But when it comes to video games, he routinely gets his butt handed to him by his youngsters.

Gretzky is the cover athlete for EA Sports’ NHL Slapshot, an upcoming hockey video game for the Nintendo Wii in which players use a miniature hockey stick to control their on-screen avatar’s shooting, passing and checking.

“My kids all play, they all come over and play,” the father of five said in an exclusive interview about the game with QMI Agency. “I jump in with them, but I’m still an amateur at it, I’m not very good. They’re much better at it than I am.

“Of course, they have a lot of friends that come over. We’ll be sort of the Maple Leaf Gardens of our area.”

Gretzky has appeared on the cover of at least half a dozen video games over the years, and he says games like NHL Slapshot, which hits stores in September, can help fuel an appreciation for the real sport.

“Absolutely. I’m a big believer that each and every thing we do, whether it’s ringette, sledge hockey, girls’ hockey, roller hockey, video games... anything that people sit down and try to learn about our game, it’s only a positive.”


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