Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

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Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby oneh2obabe » Nov 15th, 2018, 3:57 am

Sam Galet, Gretzky’s representative in 2015 said Gretzky had trouble fitting an investiture into his schedule. It’s not like there weren’t opportunities: investitures are held four times a year, so, by then, there had been around 24 ceremonies at Rideau Hall in Ottawa at which he could have claimed the insignia.

He’s the Great One, perhaps the best hockey player the world has known. Every few years, his name is bandied around as a possible governor general. His 2002 induction into Canada’s Walk of Fame mentioned his love of Canada. Yet it appears that love has its limits.

In May 2009, Wayne Gretzky was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honour, companion of the Order of Canada. He’s never picked it up.

He points out that the current nine-year wait is not even a record for Gretzky, who lives in California and has dual citizenship. Fourteen years after he was awarded the lower rank of officer of the Order of Canada, Gretzky finally got around to collecting that insignia—but not at a public investiture, where he’d have to watch as other worthy recipients claimed their own honours. Instead, Gretzky, then a New York Ranger, in town to play the Senators, dropped by Rideau Hall in 1998 to get it at a private ceremony with then-governor general Roméo LeBlanc.

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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby GordonH » Nov 15th, 2018, 8:43 am

Macleans could have asked him directly this past week, since Wayne was in Toronto at the HHF induction ceremony.
If they didn't then I guess it's not that important to Macleans after all.
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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby Jflem1983 » Nov 15th, 2018, 10:00 am

Bet he has a bit of class. Realizes he was just a hockey player. Wants the Order of Canada to mean something to those who recieve it also he has been in USA for 30 years.
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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby Fancy » Nov 15th, 2018, 11:20 am

Here's a previous article:

The Governor General’s website states that Gretzky was given it “for his continued contributions to the world of hockey, notably, as one of the best players of all time, as well as for his social engagement as a philanthropist, volunteer and role model for countless young people.”


https://www.macleans.ca/politics/awarde ... ick-it-up/

Maybe because he's already received an Order of Canada? (1984)
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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby GordonH » Nov 15th, 2018, 12:25 pm

Fancy wrote:Here's a previous article:

The Governor General’s website states that Gretzky was given it “for his continued contributions to the world of hockey, notably, as one of the best players of all time, as well as for his social engagement as a philanthropist, volunteer and role model for countless young people.”


https://www.macleans.ca/politics/awarde ... ick-it-up/

Maybe because he's already received an Order of Canada? (1984)


There are 3 levels:
1) Companion.... this is the one Wayne hasn't picked up
2) Officer.... this is the one he received in 1984
3) Member
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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby Fancy » Nov 15th, 2018, 12:30 pm

I understand that - I thought there was some controversy regarding the 3 tier system though. It was just a guess anyway.
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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby GordonH » Nov 15th, 2018, 12:34 pm

Fancy wrote:I understand that - I thought there was some controversy regarding the 3 tier system though. It was just a guess anyway.


This link is from GG site:
https://www.gg.ca/en/honours/canadian-h ... d-insignia
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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby Fancy » Nov 15th, 2018, 12:53 pm

I'm aware - met Pauline McGibbon after she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1967. There's always a little pomp and ceremony with these awards and Macleans seems more than a little puzzled why Gretzky doesn't pick his up.
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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby Jflem1983 » Nov 15th, 2018, 12:57 pm

Again. I think he has a bit of class. Realizes he has been a Californian for half his life. Has not spent much time in Canada for ages. Knows he was just a hockey player. At a time when that mattered in Canada.


So many Great Canadians.

I think Gretzky would just like to see everyone else honoured. He has won many awards.
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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby GordonH » Nov 15th, 2018, 1:06 pm

Jflem1983 wrote:Again. I think he has a bit of class. Realizes he has been a Californian for half his life. Has not spent much time in Canada for ages. Knows he was just a hockey player. At a time when that mattered in Canada.


So many Great Canadians.

I think Gretzky would just like to see everyone else honoured. He has won many awards.


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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby Mark5 » Dec 7th, 2018, 10:42 am

The order of Canada is a Liberal party of Canada award . Gretzky is not a Liberal.
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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby SPOCK » Jan 11th, 2019, 12:54 pm

Mark5 wrote:The order of Canada is a Liberal party of Canada award . Gretzky is not a Liberal.


You are a biased idiot. The award is from the GG and has been around for decades including the Mulrony and Harper years.
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Re: Why won’t Wayne Gretzky pick up his Order of Canada?

Postby Bsuds » Jan 11th, 2019, 1:46 pm

Mark5 wrote:The order of Canada is a Liberal party of Canada award . Gretzky is not a Liberal.


Wow...What an ill informed and ignorant statement!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Canada
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