"This Would Never Happen in Sweden"

The guy was my idol growing up, and now, that night, I was going to share the same ice with him.

Wayne Gretzky visits The Players' Tribune and TPT Studio B on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

When I Knew

In this installment of When I Knew, Wayne Gretzky remembers the moment when he knew he was more than just another hockey player.


Life Out Loud: Wayne Gretzky

Andy Warhol. Ping pong. The psychology of "the safehouse." The benefits of a 28-year marriage. The guilt of chasing down your hero. This is not your typical Wayne Gretzky interview.


The Meaning Behind My Mask

If you really want to appreciate the small things in life I would suggest living with 5,000 guys on an army base in Finland ... in the middle of winter.

MONTREAL, CANADA - CIRCA 1970's:  Rogatien Vachon #30 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates a win against the Montreal Canadiens with his teammates after a game at the Montreal Forum circa 1970's in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

50 Years of Hockey in Los Angeles

Looking back to where we started, and where we're at now, it's amazing how far we've come. Once a King always a King.


Hockey Is Our First Language

If someone ever says to you, “That is not possible,” do not listen to them. Because a couple of hockey players from eight small little countries made the final of the World Cup. For goodness sakes, our head coach is…


It’s My Turn Now

When my kids read this story someday, I want them to know that I fought this disease and that I did everything in my power to defeat it.

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford watches the team during NHL hockey practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Cranberry, Pa. during NHL hockey practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Cranberry, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

What You Don't Know About: Being a GM

I was standing at the blue line with our coaching staff in San Jose on June 12 when the gentlemen in the white gloves brought out the Stanley Cup. This was a moment I had been chasing for 10 years,…

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 20: Tore Vikingstad (L) #29 of Norway is congratulated by teammate Mats Aasen Zuccarello #48 after scoring his team's third goal during the ice hockey men's preliminary game between Norway and Switzerland on day 9 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 20, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

How We Play Hockey In Norway

People always ask me to describe Norway to them. I say the same thing every time: misunderstood.


The NHLer’s Guide to China

Want to hear a joke? A guy from Southern Ontario goes to China to teach ice hockey.


If You’re Going Through Hell

When I came back from hell in 2011, I had a very specific routine, and most people, including some of my teammates, called me crazy.


How We Play Hockey in Switzerland

The only thing that could disturb the quiet in my neighborhood was the sound of rubber colliding with wood.