Sport Stars: The Cultural Politics of Sporting Celebrity

By David L. Andrews; Steven J. Jackson | Go to book overview

10

GRETZKY NATION

Canada, crisis and Americanization
Steven J. Jackson

Be happy for Gretzky. He's finally free. He's been a celebrity since he was six. He's been in national magazines since he was 11. Been a pro since high school. After 32 years, the pressure is finally off. Starting this week, Gretzky never has to be Great again.

(Rick Reilly, Sports Illustrated)

The fact that he is simply known as "The Great One" reveals something unique about ice hockey star Wayne Gretzky. Indeed, trying to write about Gretzky without falling into the trappings of either a celebrity profile or a eulogy is nearly impossible. On Sunday, April 18, 1999 Wayne Gretzky played the final game of his twenty-year professional ice hockey career. Although his New York Rangers lost in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins Gretzky received what might have been the longest standing ovation in sport history and was called upon to return to the ice several times to the chants of "encore". In some respects the fanfare was simply a demonstration of appreciation for the star who had dominated his sport for so many years. Even a cursory look at his list of exploits and achievements are testimony to this extraordinary individual:
• Gretzky holds 61 NHL records including most goals (940) and assists (2,223) for a total of 3,163 points.
• Gretzky scored more than 200 points per year six times (no other player even reached 200 in a season) and scored over 100 points 15 times over 20 NHL seasons.
• He won 4 Stanley Cups, played in 19 All Star games, won 10 Art Ross trophies (leading scorer), 9 Hart trophies (Most Valuable Player), 2 Conn Smyth trophies (MVP in the Playoffs) and 4 Lady Byng awards (Most Gentlemanly Player).
• Such was his dominance that by comparison Michael Jordan would have had to score 50 points every game of his career to equal Gretzky.

However, while these statistics provide a rather crude measure of his quantitative output, it is Gretzky's status as ice hockey's only transcendent sporting icon (Swift, 1999) that enables us to gain some understanding of his wider cultural

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • Bibliography 17
  • 1 - Michael Jordan 20
  • Bibliography 34
  • 2 - Excursions into Otherness 36
  • Notes 48
  • Bibliography 49
  • 3 - Andre Agassi and Generation X 51
  • Bibliography 68
  • 4 - America's New Son 70
  • 5 - From "Child's Play" to "Party Crasher" 87
  • Bibliography 99
  • 6 - Postmodern Blackness and the Celebrity Sports Star 102
  • 7 - Evil Genie or Pure Genius? 124
  • Notes 136
  • 8 - Punishment, Redemption and Celebration in the Popular Press 138
  • 9 - The Spectacle of a Heroic Life 151
  • 10 - Gretzky Nation 164
  • 11 - Hideo Nomo 187
  • 12 - Global Hingis 201
  • 13 - Nyandika Maiyoro and Kipchoge Keino 218
  • 14 - Imran Khan 231
  • 15 - Brian Lara 243
  • Notes 255
  • 16 - Cathy Freeman 257
  • Index 271
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