Maxine Trottier Scholastic Canada Biographies
Scholastic Canada Biographies by Maxine Trottier

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CANADIAN GREATS
Canadian Greats
by Maxine Trottier
illustrated by Mark Thurman
48 pages; Ages 6 to 9
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
0-7791-1403-5
6" X 9"
About the Book
Read the fascinating true stories of five great Canadians who made our country proud, from the daring courage of Laura Secord to the great sportsmanship of Wayne Gretzky.


Excerpt
Almost from the beginning, hockey was a part of Wayne's life.

"Hockey Night in Canada" was a Saturday evening ritual in his grandparent's house. Wayne would slide around the floor in front of the TV in his stocking feet, batting around a rubber ball with a miniature hockey stick, his grandmother in a chair, playing goalie. When he was two years old, his mother bought him his first pair of skates. That winter he learned to skate on the Nith River below his grandparents' farm, the same way the other kids had falling and getting up and falling again.

Soon, Wayne's father began building a big ice rink in the backyard every winter. He had become tired of freezing in the car while Wayne played hockey at the park long after the other kids had gone home. He nicknamed the rink "Wally's Coliseum."

When Wayne was six, he began playing organized hockey with 10-year-olds on the Brantford major novice team, scoring his first goal during the 1967-68 season. He was so small that when the other players surrounded him, he disappeared.

At 16, Wayne was far from home playing junior hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He scored 70 goals and earned 112 assists in 64 games. Number 99 was on his back for the first time on its way to becoming the biggest number in hockey history.
 
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