Wayne Gretzky may be the greatest hockey player to ever skate on ice, but that doesn’t mean his legendary career left him too busy to sneak in some side work.
During the offseason in 1988, Gretzky was house-sitting for longtime friend and famous Canadian Alan Thicke. Thicke, who is known best for his career as an actor, game show host and songwriter, was in Norway while Gretzky watched over the house with Thicke’s youngest son, Robin, who is now a famous R&B singer.
Thicke picked up the Oslo newspaper in the morning and saw Gretzky’s face adorning the cover, the actor told Luke Fox of SportsNet California in an interview. Since he could not understand the text, Thicke called home to learn of the news. He later found out that Gretzky had been traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles and that Gretzky had left the house to join his new team.
Thicke had to find a replacement nanny for the house and Robin immediately.
Thicke was tasked with replacing Gretzky to find a new babysitter, but Edmonton had to find a way to replace the world’s greatest hockey player.
Photo via Facebook/Gretzkydotcom
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Dave Bolland (@DaveBolland) August 02, 2013
Your pledge of what? Oops.
The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) August 02, 2013
Easy, Matt — that’s his pitching hand you have in a vice grip there.