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Born: January 26, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brantford, Ontario, CA Profession:

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1967:
Began playing hockey at age six; learned to play on a rink his father made in backyard of family home
1971:
At age 10, scored 378 goals and 139 assists in just one season with Brantford Nadrofsky Steelers
1975:
Moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada at age 14 to play hockey
1978:
Made first international appearance as member of Canadian national junior team at World Junior Championships in Montreal, Quebec
1978:
Signed as a free agent with Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association (WHA)
1979:
Began playing for Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL); received first of eight consecutive Hart Memorial Trophies as League's Most Valuable Player
1981:
Guest starred on CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless"
1982:
Named <i>Sports Illustrated</i> magazine's Sportsman of the Year
1984:
Won first of four Stanley Cups
1988:
Traded to Los Angeles Kings; served as team's alternate captain
1989:
Hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live"
1996:
Briefly joined St. Louis Blues; named team captain
1996:
Played final three NHL seasons as a free agent with New York Rangers
1998:
Played for Canadian team at Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan; team lost to Czech Republic in semi-finals
1999:
Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
2000:
Jersey number 99 retired at NHL All-Star Game
2000:
Became minor owner of NHL team Phoenix Coyotes
2002:
Named Executive Director of Canadian men's hockey team at Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah; team won gold
2006:
Returned as Executive Director of Canada's men's hockey team at Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy
2010:
Appeared as final Olympic torchbearer at Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; named Special Advisor to Canadian men's hockey team
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