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.
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Sunday 18 July 2010
Germany's men struck with a golden goal to lift the Four Nations title with a 3-2 win as Great Britain squandered a 2-0 lead here. The hosts had forged an impressive advantage as Barry Middleton scored with a sublime lob and then James Tindall fired home a penalty corner.
Tuesday 08 June 2010
Thursday 11 March 2010
England's Hockey World Cup campaign ground to a halt today as they were beaten 4-1 by Germany in the semi-finals.
Wednesday 10 March 2010
England will face Germany in tomorrow's World Cup semi-final after the latter beat New Zealand 5-2 to top Pool A yesterday. The Netherlands lost to South Korea 2-1 but joined Germany in the semi-finals where they will meet Pool B winner Australia.
Tuesday 09 March 2010
England slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Spain in their final group match at the World Cup in New Delhi yesterday.
Monday 08 March 2010
England claimed a place in the semi-finals of the Hockey World Cup with a game to spare after beating the hosts India 3-2 in Delhi. Victories in their first four games mean England are into the last four, but they were forced to withstand a fierce fightback from India in Saturday's match.
Saturday 06 March 2010
England can take a huge step towards a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup if they overcome hosts India in Delhi today; with the Indians having played three and lost two, putting them out of the race for the next round, their chances look promising.
Wednesday 03 March 2010
England made it two wins out of two at the World Cup in New Delhi when they came from behind to beat South Africa 6-4 yesterday. Marvin Harper opened the scoring for South Africa after 10 minutes, but Richard Mantell levelled with the first of his two penalty corner goals four minutes later, and England were in front in the 23rd minute when Rob Moore found the net.
Monday 01 March 2010
James Tindall struck twice to enable England to pull off a surprise 3-2 victory over the tournament favourites Australia on the opening day of the men's World Cup in New Delhi yesterday.
Sunday 28 February 2010
Saturday 27 February 2010
At a time when England's football team is rent by the repercussions of a bad case of the sweet life going wrong, you can only marvel, so far at least, at the ferociously single-minded approach of Canada's ice hockey men.
Friday 26 February 2010
There might be a disgruntled muskrat somewhere deep in Manitoba or Saskatchewan but the rest of Canada has rarely been quite so exultantly at peace with itself.
Thursday 25 February 2010
Canada's dream of men's ice hockey gold stayed alive thanks to an impressive 7-3 quarter-final win over Olympic title rivals Russia.
Wednesday 24 February 2010
Canadian manhood is, barring some unimaginable disaster in the small hours of this morning, on the line today when the virtuoso Russian stick-handlers stand in the way of the ultimate climax to these XXI Olympics.
Thursday 18 February 2010
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
- 4 Alex Salmond: 'The rocks would melt with the sun before I'd ever set foot in the House of Lords'