Written by By Alisa Rezak, CNN
Not quite 40 years old and the hockey great is still performing for his fans.
On this week’s first episode of The Style Files , Swedish fashion news magazine VINTAGE has dug into Wayne Gretzky’s record to discover just how much his style has grown up.
1. his skating style
Gretzky’s style has certainly evolved since becoming a star in a tiny town called Toorak, Ontario. It all began when he was a toddler skating with his father through the woods, when he grabbed his dad’s poles and skates and began to skid across the ice.
“That was pretty cool. I didn’t want to be stuck in the rink. I wanted to make my own things so I got these things that were going to make me happy. My dad would say ‘Don’t go in no rinks like this,'” explains Gretzky, who now works with Adidas and designer Erdem Moralioglu.
2. the products he used
Before winning the ‘Artistic Excellence Award’ from the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, hockey player Wayne Gretzky discovered his favorite sunglasses at the Bull & Loon in Las Vegas. The eyewear was by Shinola, owned by Ralph Lauren. Credit: courtesy shinola
Less than 100 kilometers from where the ‘Great One’ once played hockey in high school, one of the biggest sources of inspiration for Gretzky still applies to him: the lifestyle surrounding the game.
“Obviously my dad was one of the big reasons I got into the game, and from him I learned all these things around the game, how to be successful, how to do things the right way, have a good time. My experience playing for the L.A. Kings on the small rink has definitely put a lot of things into perspective for me,” he says.
3. the cars he drives
Gretzky’s favorites are the ones he owns: a long list that includes a top-of-the-line Corvette, a Porsche 911 and an Aston Martin One-77
4. his tattoos
Famous for both his style and his appetite for tattoos, Gretzky has over 150 designs. Credit: ekaruk/Shutterstock
“Sometimes people will ask me, ‘What do you do with all those tattoos? Do you know what they mean?'” laughs Gretzky.
“Usually, if you ask anybody what they mean then they’ll try to figure it out and you’ll have these dates of birth, dates of death, dates of hopes and dreams, the things that you’ve been through in your life.”
5. the ‘Michael Jordan of the NHL’ award
Taped to a wall, the award was given to Gretzky in 1998 for having “the best years in professional hockey” with the Edmonton Oilers. Credit: jmanfrang/Shutterstock
During his time in a small town, his family’s success helped the Gretzkys gather friends, family and supporters for games as a team. These efforts helped him win the Art Ross Trophy – often dubbed “Michael Jordan of the NHL” – seven times.
“I think it helped our community a lot because when we won a championship in hockey, we were able to go to the rink before the game and have a better crowd and get a good turnout. For us, when we were in hockey, I think that was probably a big thing for our family,” he says.
6. a green Mohawk
No, it’s not the Nobel Prize. Gretzky’s sports pompadour first made its appearance during a 2003 meeting with the National Hockey League and Los Angeles Kings. Credit: TheBlaze/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images
When the great Wayne Gretzky shows up at a bar after a championship, naturally he does so with a mohawk.
“If you don’t have one, you don’t really exist, ” he says.
“I don’t know. You might be forgotten. Maybe I was trying to be relevant or something.”