Wayne Gretzky concerned for father during COVID-19 pandemic

Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky joins Writers Bloc to discuss what his favourite of all his records, why he’d be proud to see Alexander Ovechkin break the all-time goals record, his unique but amazing connection with the late Gordie Howe, and much more.

Monday marked the 26th anniversary of Wayne Gretzky breaking Gordie Howe’s record for most goals in NHL history, however, there are other things on The Great One’s mind these days as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s kind of an eerie feeling. Obviously, it’s something that nobody saw coming and this is something that our generation has never seen anything like,” Gretzky told Writers Bloc on Tuesday.

Gretzky said he has been doing the responsible thing and is holed up at his home in California.

“We’re all trying to do our part,” Gretzky said. “Our community is pretty much in a lockdown other than getting things that you have to have, but everything is closed and it’s kind of eerie right now. We’ve all got to do a small piece and, hopefully, all those small pieces add up to getting rid of this pandemic and we can go back to somewhat of a normal life. Hopefully, like everyone, we all stay safe and stay healthy.”

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Gretzky added that his biggest concern is the health of his father, Walter, the most famous hockey parent in Canada, who is 81 and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012.

“That’s our biggest concern, obviously, like anybody else who’s got elderly parents and elderly parents who are battling some sort of scenario,” Gretzky said of his father who resides north of the border in Ontario.

“My sister’s got an eye on him, my brothers have got an eye on him. They’ve pretty much locked him down and locked out the house and we’re trying to keep him, like every other elderly person in the world and in Canada, safe and hopefully we can get through this because it is trying times for everyone.”

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