February 20, 1972|
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning|
Pensacola Ice Pilots
Las Vegas Thunder
St. John's Maple Leafs
Port Huron Border Cats
Fort Wayne Komets
Port Huron Beacons
Motor City Mechanics
49th overall, 1992|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Brent Gretzky (born February 20, 1972) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player, and the brother of Wayne and Keith Gretzky. He briefly played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Gretzky was taught the game by his father Walter. As a youth, he played in the 1985 and 1986 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from Brantford.
Brent grew up playing minor hockey in Brantford, Ontario for the Brantford Classics of the OMHA. In 1988–89, he played Jr. B hockey for the Brantford Classics of the Mid-Western Junior B Hockey League. He was selected in the 1st round (6th overall) of the 1989 OHL Priority Selection by the Belleville Bulls where he spent three years With the Bulls, he was a linemate of future NHL player Darren McCarty. Gretzky was drafted by the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, but did not find the same success as his brother Wayne.
During Brent's 13-game tenure with Tampa Bay, he played once against Wayne: "We must have faced off 15 times and I won one. I remember chasing him behind the net. I knew what he was going to do and I still found myself looking for my jock. The hardest part was after the game, going and watching ESPN. It was older Gretzky shows young Gretzky how to play hockey."
Together, Wayne and Brent hold the NHL record for most combined points by two brothers - 2,857 for Wayne and 4 for Brent,and are second overall in points scored by any number of brothers (behind the six brothers of the Sutter family who combined for 2,934 NHL points - 73 more than Wayne and Brent), although the Gretzkys' combined totals are greater than any five of the six Sutters.
Gretzky's selection by an expansion team in an era when established teams were only obliged to leave the bottom echelon of their players unprotected in expansion drafts has led to speculation that he might have never made it onto an NHL roster if he had been drafted by an established team. Other than his brief stint in Tampa Bay, Gretzky was a career minor leaguer, floating between the International Hockey League, the American Hockey League, and the United Hockey League. He played for EC Graz Austria in 1997-98. On June 6, 2006, the Elmira Jackals announced they had acquired his rights from the Motor City Mechanics, but he never played with Elmira; his season with the Mechanics was his last as a professional. He and four other former Danbury Trashers players were served with subpoenas by the FBI in its investigation into owner James Galante's business dealings.
In 2008, Gretzky played six games for his hometown Brantford Blast team in the senior league Major League Hockey, which went on to win the 2008 Allan Cup, after which Gretzky retired from organized competition.
|1987–88||Brantford Classics AAA||Midget||40||49||70||119||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||10||1||2||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||3||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||68||13||28||41||40||4||0||6||6||0|
|1996–97||Pensacola Ice Pilots||ECHL||22||9||15||24||4||12||5||8||13||4|
|1996–97||Las Vegas Thunder||IHL||40||5||12||17||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Port Huron Border Cats||UHL||9||0||8||8||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Fort Wayne Komets||UHL||61||16||58||74||22||7||5||3||8||2|
|2001–02||Fort Wayne Komets||UHL||73||21||55||76||35||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Port Huron Beacons||UHL||45||31||29||60||12||3||3||0||3||2|
|2003–04||Port Huron Beacons||UHL||61||43||38||81||10||9||4||13||17||26|
|2005–06||Motor City Mechanics||UHL||66||15||65||80||12||4||1||1||2||0|
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- "Brothers: Keith and Brent Gretzky". Greatest Hockey Legends.com. 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Langlois, Mark (March 17, 2006). "Feds investigate Trashers' finances". Danbury. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
- Brent Gretzky's stats for Brantford
- O'Leary, Ed (February 23, 2011). "Younger Gretzky happy as OPP officer". Paris Star Newspaper. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.