The Olympics are finally over. I must say that the games were great to watch. I sat on the corner of my seat for most of the hockey games. What great plays and fantastic moves were shown on the ice! Congrats to Canada and the women’s and men’s hockey teams!

Now we are in the middle of trading for the NHL. By the time you read this column, most of the trading will be done! So, I will not write about this. I read a column a while back that I want to share with you all and today is the day.

No America, you cannot have Wayne Gretzky as your own!

In the beginning of February I read an article that asked readers from ‘TeenDigest’, ‘Who are the most Athletic Americans?’

Wayne Gretzky made it to fifth place. As a Canadian, that was interesting and a bit odd! I know you haven’t heard from him in a while. He has been out of the spotlight and far away from the NHL. There was money owed from the NHL to him when the Phoenix Coyotes went into bankruptcy.  But still, he is Canadian!

About ten years ago, I was a long haul truck driver. One of my loads was to Phoenix to deliver some posters to the Coyotes. The girl who helped us was young and was totally in awe of him. It was so funny to listen to her! Wayne could do no wrong and he is and was the greatest, blah, blah. I am so lucky to work on his team..blah, blah. I still remember it.

Even though, he moved to the south when he made it big, he belongs to Canada. He was born in Ontario, voted as the 10th greatest Canadian and he lit the torch for the Vancouver Olympics four years ago.

Gretzky played eight International games with Team Canada and accumulated  twenty goals, twenty-eight assists and forty-eight points. Not bad for a northern boy!!

Yes, Wayne Gretzky is not American. He may live in the south and enjoy the warm winters but his skates get tied up in Canada! So, for those dreamy teenagers out there in ‘TeenDigest’ land, Canada gets Gretzky but we are open to trade for other Athletic Americans!

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, her team is always the Toronto Maple Leafs. Instead of falling for movie stars, Rochelle fell for hockey players. As she grew up, her passion grew to include wanting to be the first female NHL player, the first female 'water' girl for her team and catching a true NHL puck. She did try for the puck, only to learn that A) the puck could have killed her, if she tried to get it or B) you needed to buy one. Years later Rochelle still loves the game! Now a days instead of wanting to join the players, (don't let her fool you, she still wants to join the team) she writes about them. Her one wish in the world is to be alive when the Toronto Maple Leafs win their next Stanley Cup! Rochelle has a certificate in Marketing/Communications at the British Columbia School of Technology and a writing certificate from Simon Fraser University. She has started her own writing company, "From Rochelle's Pen".



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