Wayne Gretzky’s Father Walter Gretzky Dies at 82

Walter Gretzky, the father of NHL great Wayne Gretzky, has died at age 82.

Wayne Gretzky announced the news on Twitter on Thursday, saying his father “bravely battled Parkinson’s and other health issues over these last few years, but he never let it get him down.”

“For me, he was the reason I fell in love with the game of hockey,” Wayne Gretzky wrote. “He inspired me to be the best I could be not just in the game of hockey but in life. We will miss him so much, but know that he’s back with our mom and that brings me and my family peace. He truly was the Great one and the proudest Canadian we know.”

Walter’s wife, Phyllis, died of lung cancer in 2005.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Emily Kaplan