Ice Hockey: NHL legend Wayne Gretzky touched down in Sydney to promote the Ice Hockey Classic.
HE could control an ice hockey puck better than anyone in history, but when it comes to a Sherrin Wayne Gretzky has no idea.
The ‘Great One’ got some instructions from Swans stars Gary Rohan and Jarrad McVeigh at the SCG, but was a little off direction in shooting for goal.
“The smaller net I’m good at but the bigger ones I’m not,” Gretzky said.
The Swans were keen to hear some of the insights Gretzky had gained over his 20 years in the NHL where he broke an amazing 60 records.
Fellow Canadian and former Swan Mike Pike introduced Gretzky to the players, telling them how his family cried when he left the Edmonton Oilers to play for the Los Angeles Kings in 1988.
Gretzky gave his insights into what he values in leadership.
“First of all you have to walk the walk before you can talk the talk,” Gretzky said.
“I’ve seen so many guys that yell and scream — that doesn’t make a good leader. What makes a good leader is the guy who loves being at the training facility first and is the last to leave and being unselfish with your team mates but selfish with your game.”
Gretzky will be back on more familiar territory on Saturday night at the Qudos Bank Arena when he puts his skates on for a 4 x 4 match in the lead-up to the USA v Canada match.
The match is the fourth of a five-match series which ends in Brisbane next Saturday night.