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Sports and Health Insurance: Hockey with Wayne Gretzky

Jan 22nd, 2010

health insuranceConsidered by many as the greatest hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky’s career spanned more than twenty years from 1978 to 1999. And it is because of that fame he has earned the nickname, The Great One. During his years as a player he was involved with several different teams. They included the Edmonton Oilers from 1978 to 1988, Los Angeles Kings from 1988 to 1996, St Louis Blues in 1996 and the New York Rangers 1996 to 1999. Despite being considered as of a size and stature that were not overpowering in appearance by some, he regularly proved to have a very astute gift for playing that helped him to continually excel in games. While he was with the Oilers the team won the Stanley Cup in the years 1985, 1987 and 1988. He was the first and only player to break the 200 mark for goals for one season. This was in the year 1982 when he as also chosen as the Sportsman of the Year by Sport’s Illustrated. Gretzky later was able to do this again in three other seasons. He was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the Leagues Most Valuable Player in his first regular season of 1979-1980. In addition he won the Art Ross trophy a total of seven times. And he also set a number of records for things like assists.

Among his other accomplishments was the Executive Director of the Canadian men’s hockey team in the 2002 winter Olympics. They went on to win the gold medal, which was the first time in 50 years. He went to become an owner of the Phoenix Coyotes. And when he played for the Los Angeles Kings they went to their first Stanley Cup playoffs. His influence on the game has been felt on so many levels and was recognized for the level of commitment he had to the game.

Being the best at anything is a source of pride. And it is something to truly treat with respect. But even being the best will not keep you from the risk of hazards to you health. Even those who excel and are known for the success need the benefit of the kinds of protection that comes from health insurance. Sometime the only way to be a winner in the area of health is to be sure you have an extra edge. And that only comes with health insurance coverage.

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