Nov 162011

Interesting Details

This isn’t one of our normal posts because Wayne Gretzky has been out of the game of hockey for quite some time and his wife Janet Jones is quite a bit older than most of the girls you will find on this site.  That being said Wayne Gretzky is “The Great One” and this couple was the “it” couple in the hockey community for many years so they deserve a post here at  You will also see that they had some interesting scandals along the way.

Time Together

Gretzky and Jones first met when Gretzky was acting as a celebrity judge on on the show Dance Fever way back in 1984, but apparently Janet doesn’t remember Wayne being on the show.  I doubt this because at the time Gretzky was pretty much the biggest name in all of sports while he was racking up points and Cups playing for the Edmonton Oilers in Canada.  In 1987 the two ran into each other at a Lakers game in 1987 and the pair began dating with Gretzky proposing in 1988.  The marriage took place on July 17th, 1988 in which was considered a royal wedding in Canada.  The wedding apparently cost Gretzky $1 million in cash, which was a ton of money back then.  Just a month later on August 9th, 1988 Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.  It makes you wonder how much influence Janet had on the biggest trade in NHL history (remember they did run into each other at a Lakers game).

The pair now have five children, 2 girls and 3 boys.  Janet was born in 1961 making her 50 this year, while Wayne was also born in January of the same year.

Gambling Controversy

Janet Jones found herself in the middle of a gambling controversy in 2006 and of course Wayne was guilty by association.  Rick Tocchet, a former NHL player himself, was acting as a bookie in New Jersey and Gretzky’s former agent had admitted to placing a bet on super bowl XL through Tocchet, who was also the assistant coach of the Coyotes at the time, where Gretzky was the head coach.  Eventually Jones was found not guilty and instead filed a $50 million suit against the state for defamation.  Just to be clear the NHL does not allow personnel or players to bet on NHL games, but they could care less about people attached to the NHL betting on other sports.


Janet was an actress throughout the 1980’s and into the 1990’s acting in such films as The Flamingo Kid, A League of Their Own and Alpha Dog.  She also acted as the main workout instructor in a THE FIRM workout video and the physical education teacher in Van Halen’s Bad Teacher.

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