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Wayne Gretzky Reveals Which Canadian Rival Offered Him The Richest Contract In NHL History

Published December 25, 2023 at 11:55
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In a recent Spittin' Chiclets podcast interview, Wayne Gretzky dropped a bombshell about a jaw-dropping offer from the Vancouver Canucks during his prime.

Gretzky's Mega Offer and Regrettable Decline



After a Stanley Cup win, the Canucks tempted Wayne Gretzky with an unparalleled deal: $3 million per year and a whopping 25% ownership in the team. This proposal, potentially the most lucrative in NHL history, had the power to reshape Gretzky's financial future.

Gretzky's choice to turn down this groundbreaking offer is now seen as a career-altering moment, significantly impacting his financial trajectory.



After Wayne Gretzky won the Stanley Cup, he was offered 25% of the @Canucks and a huge raise.

He declined. The rest is history.

Had Gretzky accepted, he'd have pocketed an estimated $8 million annually (adjusted for inflation). His 25% ownership stake would now be valued at an astonishing $330 million today. This decision, pivotal in his career, cost Gretzky the chance to amass a fortune exceeding his already impressive net worth.

Today, Gretzky's net worth sits around $250 million, with a fraction coming from playing. The majority came from lucrative endorsements.

In retrospect, Gretzky's loyalty to the Oilers defined his on-ice legacy, but the financial fallout from saying no to the NHL's biggest deal could be one of the most regrettable decisions in NHL history.

As seen on House of Hockey - Wayne Gretzky Reveals The Biggest Mistake Of His Career
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