Delgado was commissioned to created this watecolor of the
"The Great One" shortly after joining the Los Angeles Kings.
Wayne Douglas Gretzky
, Order of Canada
(born January 26
) is a former professional ice hockey
player and is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes
. Born in Brantford
and nicknamed "The Great One," Total Hockey: The Official Encyclopedia of the NHL
calls Gretzky "the greatest player
of all time". He is regarded as the best player of his era and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever"
by sportswriters, players, coaches and fans. Among his many awards and achievements, he is the only player to ever have
his playing number, 99, officially retired across the entire National Hockey League