It looks like “The Great One” will soon become “Grampy 99,” as Wayne Gretzky’s daughter Paulina Gretzky shared the news that she’s expecting her first child with PGA golfer Dustin Johnson.
(Note: the Gretzkys might come up with a better nickname than “Grampy 99.”)
Alongside that photo, Paulina Gretzky wrote:
@djohnsonpga & i are so excited to finally share with you all our amazing news..we’re having a baby!!
Wayne’s son and Paulina’s brother Trevor Gretzky (currently in the Los Angeles Angels’ system) seems pretty excited about becoming an uncle:
The New York Daily News points out that Johnson is currently on a leave of absence from the PGA Tour. The two got engaged in August 2013.
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Third star: Bobby on the block
Reports surfaced early in the week that the Ducks were shopping their talented forward, Bobby Ryan. Soon after came a report the Rangers were one of the teams interested. Then every team was interested. Who wouldn’t be? Ryan’s off to a tough start to the season, as are most of his teammates. But he’s only 24 and he’s already scored 30-plus goals three times. It didn’t take long for Ryan to admit the trade talk was getting to him, calling the rampant speculation “a nightmare.” Then the Ducks fired the coach and all of a sudden they weren’t shopping Ryan anymore.
Second star: @PaulinaGretzky
Paulina Gretzky is Wayne Gretzky’s 22-year-old daughter. She has a Twitter account through which she’s been known to post pictures of herself. Many men have enjoyed these pictures. Her dad is not one of those many men. So father and daughter had a “sit down,” after which her account was deleted and the internet was sad. But then the account reappeared and the internet was happy. But then the tweet that marked her return was deleted and the internet was…just confused.
First star: A coach gets fired. A coach gets hired. PS – it’s the same coach.
The axe finally fell Monday when Bruce Boudreau was relieved of his duties as coach of the underachieving Washington Capitals. The general manager said the players had stopped responding to Boudreau. Watching them lose, 5-1, to Buffalo on Saturday, it was hard to disagree. Much of the blame for the change fell at the skates of Alex Ovechkin, the once-jovial superstar who no longer appears to enjoy the game — especially the version where he has to be defensively responsible. But there was little time to weep for Boudreau; by Wednesday night he was the new coach of the Anaheim Ducks.
In easily the most important vaguely hockey-related news of the night,* Paulina Gretzky is back on Twitter after being banished by her fun-killing father/all-time NHL great Wayne Gretzky. Check out her first message (apologies if this story helps her dad find out about her hugely relevant return to social media, by the way).
Oh, those 22-year-old daughters. Such scamps. One could even say that they’re tougher to deal with than the mediocre ’80s defensemen Wayne Gretzky shredded over and over again …
* This might deserve front page play on The New York Times, really.
The only surprising part is that Wayne Gretzky didn’t step in sooner.
Alas, the Great One finally put his foot down, demanding his 22-year-old daughter, Paulina, shut down her Twitter account and stop posting racy photos of herself.
At least, that’s how we imagine it went down. There’s also the strong possibility Wayne broke down and begged his daughter to knock it off. Maybe even bribed her with a new car or pony.
“Having a nice sit down dinner with my dad about social media,” read her last tweet before @PaulinaGretzky was no more.
I suppose the only thing left to do now is for somebody to make one of those “I Will Remember You” tribute videos with a slideshow of her greatest Twitter pics. That would be really heartwarming.
(Seriously, if somebody could do that.)
Just imagine Wayne Gretzky as the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
You’ll have to keep on imagining because it’s obviously not the case now, however the two sides did have chat about the possibility of The Great One in that role.
Gretzky confirmed that on Saturday in an interview with George Stroumboulopoulos of Hockey Night in Canada. He also touched on numerous subjects, including when he may be considering a return to the NHL.
“We chatted. I finally can admit we chatted. Just wasn’t the right thing for them and for me,” said Gretzky of his talks with the Leafs’ organization about the president position.
“And listen, I grew up a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan. At one point, I almost signed here in 1996. But, you know, sometimes things just happen for a reason and it just didn’t work out. But Brendan Shanahan is a wonderful man and he’s a good person and I think he’s going to do a wonderful job.”
The Leafs formally announced Shanahan as the new team president in April.
Gretzky, also a former coach the then Phoenix Coyotes, also talked about the prospect of getting back into the game. There were reports earlier this year he had joined of a group interested in bringing the NHL to Seattle, however his agent denied those reports.
“Right now I’m so excited about what I’m doing in my life. I’m going to be a grandfather here in five or six weeks and that’s exciting,” he said. “I have some businesses that I tend to that I’m enjoying.
“So I don’t really actively look to get back into hockey.”