Sport New York Rangers player Wayne Gretzky in his final career game

Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey’s greatest player,  was born in 1961 in Ontario, Canada, where the sport is more a religion than a hobby. He first skated at the age of two on a rink that his dad Walter had made in the garden of their family home. At six, Gretzky was playing in an under-10s team. His jersey was too big for him, so he started to tuck in the right side of it, a superstition that stuck with him throughout his career.

Hockey: Clarke on target as GB see off Pakistan

Great Britain bounced back from defeat against India to defeat previously unbeaten Pakistan 3-2 in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Put the brawling on ice, US hockey league is told

Even in a sport notorious for its on-ice brawls, Bob Probert stood out. During his 16 years in the US National Hockey League he was involved in more than 200 fights as one of the best known "enforcers" of the rink.

Gloves come off in the fight for the soul of ice hockey

The NHL faces calls to ice the mayhem after the latest brawl. Rupert Cornwell reports

Editor-At-Large: Men blew it. Now only quotas will do women justice

The time has come for the blokes – and it is nearly always men – who run business in this country to change the way they operate. Every single day these men endorse discrimination on a massive scale. Change in British boardrooms isn't happening at a snail's pace, but a glacial one. Half the population, half the workforce and half of all customers are routinely passed over in the boardroom – and still our allegedly "female-friendly" government recoils from the notion of quotas.

Theatre in schools: earning top marks in drama

As the Bush Theatre launches its Schools season, Matt Trueman examines why the classroom is an ideal setting for drama

Joan Smith: This is back-to-basics at its monocultural, muscular worst

Fossilised fish-hooks, as Jennings used to say! I think I've finally grasped the Government's cunning plot for state education! They're going to take us back to the Fifties when every pupil learned poetry by heart, played rugger – except for soppy girls – and was able to recite the kings and queens of England in date order. It's going to be jolly hockey sticks, Britain's island story and absolutely no swearing; the kids will be too tired, anyway, after charging across a muddy playing field all afternoon.

Harriet Walker: Let's end the tyranny of sports jocks

Young people need to be active – so send them on walks

Gove defends PE funding cull

Scrapping the school PE budget will not reduce participation in sport, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, has insisted.

20km walker fails test to deflate hosts

For the host nation, it was the morning after the night before. Following the highs of Tuesday night – when the Indian men's hockey team defeated England on penalties in the semi-finals and the home nation surpassed their previous highest gold medal tally – came the low of a positive drug test.

England bag two more Commonwealth medals

England won two bronze medals at the start of Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games as the hockey women beat South Africa and cycling's Julia Shaw finished third in the women's time trial.

England cry foul play amid familiar pain of defeat on penalties

India 3 England 3 <i>(India win 5-4 on penalties)</i>: Men's hockey team denied chance to go for gold by losing shootout after controversial draw

Hockey: Passage to India is just what the doctor ordered

Scotland's No 1 in Delhi, a practising surgeon, is one of five medics in an extraordinary family

DJ Taylor: Struck with fear by a dripping tap? I spy the middle classes

As someone on holiday in the most bourgeois place in England, it's clear to me that the truest marker of social class is the inability to contemplate DIY

Women's Hockey: Forget St Trinian's, hockey just got serious

The women's game is transformed. England have shot up to fifth in the world and a London medal is realistic.

Hockey: England claim first Champions medal

Goals by Susie Gilbert and Crista Cullen saw England come from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in the bronze medal play-off at the Champions Trophy in Nottingham.

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