While not the capital of Canada, Toronto is certainly the jewel of the nation. Home to famous faces like Gloria Reubens, who was raised in the city’s suburbs, it, of course, also boasts a tremendous hockey heritage. Maple Leafs fans are among the most numerous and avid in the NHL, and this season, they look primed for glory.
Time and time again, Buds are in the news for ranking among the best-selling in the league overall and for player jersey sales. This season, it’s the Justin Bieber hockey jersey made in collaboration with the Maple Leafs that’s been the best-seller.
On the ice, the team is putting in a strong campaign. At the 26-game mark, nearly one-third of the way through, Toronto sat comfortably in second in the Atlantic Division with a .692 win percentage having just witnessed history.
Star winger Mitchell Marner, himself from Ontario, has been lighting the lamp relentlessly in the 2022/23 campaign. On December 3, his multi-point night secured his place in the history books of the storied Maple Leafs franchise. Now, the 25-year-old boasts the record for the longest point streak in the team’s history.
Marner makes history with 19 in a row
Mitch Marner started the season hot, netting an assist or goal in four consecutive games. He couldn’t get on the box score against the Dallas Stars on October 20, set up a goal against the Winnipeg Jets on October 22, but missed out on scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights on October 24.
Then, the streak began. On October 27, against the lowly San Jose Sharks in California, Marner put up a goal and an assist. That would be the first game of 19 consecutive games that stat trackers would need to note his number.
By November 28, Marner had 17 games with at least one point, totaling six goals and 26 points through to the 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on the road. A goal when hosting the San Jose Sharks on November 30 tied Marner with the franchise record of points in 18 consecutive games, sitting alongside Eddie Olcyzk and Darryl Sittler.
On December 3, knowing that he just needed an assist to set the new record, Marner and the Maple Leafs had to face the menacing Tampa Bay Lightning – a team that continually stifles the Buds, most recently in the 2022 playoffs.
While it went down as an overtime loss, Marner’s two goals secured him as the record-setter. The goal that made it 19-in-a-row came short-handed and gave the Buds a 1-0 lead in the second period.
Marner’s momentum buoying the Maple Leafs
Coming into the season, all eyes were on the face of the franchise, Auston Matthews, following his incredible 2021/22 campaign. The Arizona-raised center scored a massive 60 goals and 106 points in 73 games, with many expecting him to do much of the same in 2022/23.
This season, Matthews has been slow to get going, scoring a fair 28 points in 26 games, but not dominating as he did in the Hart Trophy-winning campaign. Importantly, many see this as a make-or-break season for the Maple Leafs. Five-straight losses in the first round of the playoffs see time running out for this talented roster.
Even with Matthews not hitting the same heights as last season, the likes of Marner have rallied to keep the Buds in good standing. In the online betting markets, the Maple Leafs are only trailing the Boston Bruins among Eastern Conference contenders with odds of +450 to the +275 of Beantown. That said, it’s not just the Eastern Conference vying for the Stanley Cup. The Western Conference – which is much less competitive for its top teams – is home to the reigning champions, the Colorado Avalanche, who’re the favorites at +500 to retain the Cup. Just ahead of Toronto is Vegas at +850.
Toronto certainly has a team with enough quality to win the Cup. The city that Brittany Bristow calls home boasts Matthews, Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander, Jake Muzzin, and Morgan Reilly, and the gamble on Ilya Samsonov and Matt Murray in tandem looks to be paying off.
However, weighing down those +900 odds for Toronto to finally grab the Stanley Cup is the mental block that continues to hold them back. Five first-round exits in a row, even with the team having most of its current star players in each, has held the team back and stopped it from getting vital postseason experience.
Still, Marner has stepped up in a big way, and many expect Matthews to also regain his scoring touch as the season progresses. It will be tough for the Buds to break the streak, but its stars are performing well, and there’ll be an increased impetus to go deep with the future of the core uncertain past the summer.
Getting to Know Wayne Gretzky’s Parents, Siblings, Girlfriend, and More
By the time Gretzky had retired from the NHL, he held a whopping 61 NHL records.
Whereas in sports like the NFL and NBA there are many different players who could be worth GOAT like consideration, when it comes to the NHL, there is only one name that stands alone, and that is Wayne Gretzky.
To NHL fans, he is still affectionately known as the ‘Great One’. Regarded as the best ice hockey player to have ever played the game, he topped the NHL scoring charts eleven times, won eight consecutive league MVP’s and helped the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup titles.
In this article, we will look at the people that helped make Gretzky. We will explore his career, family background, siblings, wife, and even sneak a peek into his dating history.
Wayne Gretzky – career in numbers
Gretzky was active in the NHL between 1979 – 1999. During that time, he played for four NHL clubs;
- Edmonton Oilers (1979 – 1988)
- Los Angeles Kings (1988 – 1996)
- St Louis Blues (1996)
- New York Rangers (1996 – 1999)
He won the Stanley Cup on four different occasions, all with the Edmonton Oilers.
Gretzky won the NHL’s MVP nine times – including eight in consecutive years.
Other Gretzky records
By the time Gretzky had retired from the NHL, he held a whopping 61 NHL records. Four of these included most goals in a season (92), most goals in a career (1,093), most assists in a season (163) and most assists in a career (1,963).
With the new NHL season just week’s away, several of the league’s star players will be hoping to eat into some of Gretzky’s formidable records.
In fact, Alex Ovechkin is 72 career goals shy of Gretzky’s all-time record. And most stats indicate that he should pass it over the next 2 seasons. Even the bookies such as BetMGM and FanDuel have –115 odds on Ovechkin scoring over 40.5 goals in the 2023/24 NHL season.
Ironically, Gretzky has been promoting those same bookies – Gretzky is brand ambassador for BetMGM and for the past few years has been promoting BetMGM products such as NHL hockey odds and the BetMGM Gift Card across various marketing channels including television and internet.
Meet Wayne Gretzky’s parents
Wayne Gretzky was born on the 26th of January 1961 to Walter and Phyllis Gretzky.
Walter was a keen ice hockey player himself, excelling as a high school player, but wasn’t quite good enough to take the next step.
Despite his own limitations, Walter’s love for the game never waned and he built a rink in the back garden of his home. It was on this rink that a young Wayne nurtured and developed his skills.
Wayne’s mother Phyllis wasn’t particularly well known for her own sporting prowess but played a vital role in helping Wayne achieve his goals. She played a leading role as Wayne turned professional and was always pictured at his biggest games.
Meet Wayne Gretzky’s siblings
Wayne is the oldest of five children and has three brothers – Keith, Glen and Brent and has one sister, Kim.
Both Keith and Brent tried to follow in their famous brother’s shoes and went onto have solid hockey careers.
Keith was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1985 NHL draft. Not quite good enough to make the Sabres starting roster, he had his most successful years in the OHL where he scored 113 goals and registered 222 assists for the Windsor Spitfires.
Brent did manage to make it to the NHL and played thirteen games for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Youngest brother Glen made a career for himself on the silver screen and even produced a documentary on his father, which was entitled ‘The Walter Gretzky Story.’
Kim didn’t quite catch the hockey bug but went onto become a personal support worker.
Wayne Gretzky’s dating history
Before Wayne Gretzky got married in 1988 to his current wife, Janet Jones, he dated Vicki Moss for seven years.
Moss is a Canadian singer who is best known for hits such as ‘Never Say Die’ and ‘Love at second sight’.
Meet Wayne Gretzky’s wife
Wayne Gretzky is married to American actress Janet Jones. The two first met in 1984 when Gretzky was a judge on the program ‘Dance Fever,’ but the two shared their first date after meeting up at an LA Lakers game in 1987. The two enjoyed a whirlwind romance, and in 1988 married at the St. Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton.
Despite being best known as Gretzky’s wife, Jones has appeared in several famous films which include Police Academy 5, A League of Their Own and Alpha Dog.
Meet Wayne Gretzky’s children
During their 35 years of marriage, Gretzky and Jones had five children. Their oldest child is Paulina (35) who was then followed by Ty (32), Trevor (30), Tristan (22) and Emma (19).
Of the five, it’s Paulina who is best known.
A successful model, she shot to global fame after marrying former PGA Tour golfer Dustin Johnson. Johnson has won two Major championships, including the Masters which he won back in 2020.
Despite Dustin being worth millions, Paulina is believed to be worth at least $5 million dollars in her own right. The couple have two children, Tatum and River.
None of Gretzky’s other children followed in their famous father’s footsteps.
Despite a solid high school career, Ty’s interest in hockey ended in college. Trevor has enjoyed some success playing baseball, and at one point was signed with the Chicago Cubs.
Tristan turned his hand to golf and received a scholarship, whilst Emma is known to be a keen tennis player and actress. She has starred in the popular teen drama show Palo Alto.
Joshua Al-Chamaa and Wife Amber Al-Chamaa Got Married in 2021 and Recently Welcomed a Baby
Joshua Al-Chamaa and wife Amber Al-Chamaa are now parents.
Joshua Al-Chamaa, the rising CrossFit athlete, is happily married to his wife, Amber Al-Chamaa. The pair got married twice, once in 2021 and in 2022 for the next time.
While the details of their initial meeting remain a mystery, the pair have offered glimpses into their relationship via Instagram and revealed they welcomed a baby.
Joshua Al-Chamaa and wife Amber Al-Chamaa got married in 2021
Joshua and his wife Amber legally got married on October 8, 2021, and again got married on October 24, 2022, this time with family and friends able to attend.
Joshua announced the exciting news via Instagram on November 10, 2022, by sharing several pictures of the couple from their wedding day.
The pictures were accompanied by the caption, “October 8th, 2021 Legally I married the most beautiful woman on this earth. October 24th, 2022 We did it all over again this time with family and friends able to attend.”
Joshua Al-Chamaa and his wife Amber Al-Chamaa. (Source: Instagram
While it is unknown how the couple first met or how their love story began, Joshua often shows his love and support toward his wife on social media platforms.
For Valentine’s Day on February 14, 2023, the athlete wished his wife, writing, “Mr & Mrs Al-chamaa. Happy Valentine’s Day to my love, I’ve never needed a day to love you.”
He also expressed that he had never loved anyone or anything the way he loved his wife, referring to her as the most beautiful, caring, strong, and inspiring woman he had ever met.
Joshua Al-Chamaa and his wife, Amber Al-Chamaa, recently welcomed a baby
Joshua and his wife Amber recently welcomed a baby boy, David Al-Chamaa, and announced the happy news via an Instagram post on September 6, 2023.
The pair shared a lovely photo of their newborn baby and wrote, “David Al-chamaa, Welcome to the World.”
Joshua and his wife Amber revealed that they were pregnant in February 2023, as they shared a video of their sonogram.
Alongside the video, the pair wrote, “We are having a baby! Mr & Mrs Al-chamaa are becoming parents,” and expressed their excitement for the next step in their lives.
Joshua also mentioned that he had always felt like his purpose was greater than his, and maybe being a father was it. He also expressed that his wife would be an amazing mother.
Joshua Al-Chamaa’s net worth revealed
Joshua’s exact net worth is unknown, but as per several outlets, he has an estimated net worth that ranges between $5 million and $10 million. His LinkedIn account indicates that his professional trajectory reflects his variety of experiences and jobs.
Joshua has made a name for himself as a top CrossFit athlete, competing on a global stage and being one of only two British men to have ever won a medal in the CrossFit Games.
He has also held positions as a fitness coach and a community manager at WIT Fitness from October 2020 to January 2022.
He also has worked as a self-employed fitness coach with a variety of celebrities, and corporate executives.
The CrossFit athlete has also held positions at Berluti as a Luxury Sales Consultant and Store CRM Coordinator at Berluti from April 2013 to October 2016.
Before that, he worked at LAMM Management as an A&R assistant / Scout from April 2010 to November 2013.
He also worked as a Private Client Consultant at Burberry, as a Sales Consultant at Tom Ford, and as a Tom Ford Sales Consultant at Selfridges.
Joshua Al-Chamaa’s CrossFit Career
Joshua’s professional journey in CrossFit began in 2020 and is marked by impressive achievements and notable rankings in various competitions.
He is an Elite CrossFit Athlete with one Regionals experience, eight CrossFit Sanctional experiences, and one CrossFit Games 2022.
As per Nobull Crossfit Games, in 2023, he secured an impressive 43rd place worldwide, 11th place in the European region, and 3rd place in the United Kingdom, representing CrossFit Invictus.
The previous year, in 2022, he achieved a ranking of 75th worldwide, 19th in Europe, and 3rd in the United Kingdom while still representing CrossFit Invictus.
His performance in 2021 was noteworthy, as he secured a remarkable 28th place worldwide, 6th in Europe, and 1st in the United Kingdom while representing CrossFit Alioth. However, in 2020, he was ranked 321st worldwide and 18th in the United Kingdom.
Additionally, Joshua was ranked 80th worldwide 28th in Europe in 2023, 42nd worldwide, and 8th in Europe in 2022 in the Individual Quarterfinals.
Joe Barry and Chris Marinelli Barry Are Happily Married — Get To Know Their Children
Look into the Barry family!
Joe Barry, the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL), is married to his wife, Chris Marinelli Barry.
Beyond the football field, Joe and Chris have a lovely family together. They are the proud parents of four kids, each of whom has grown up to be an outstanding individual.
Joe Barry is married to his wife Chris Marinelli Barry
Joe, the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, is happily married to Chris, with whom he has been with from the early days of his life.
When it comes to his private life, especially his marriage to Chris, the 53-year-old coach is a quiet person, and they have chosen to keep the specifics of their relationship private.
Joe Barry and his wife Chris Marinelli Barry. (Source: Instagram)
For instance, how the pair originally met and when they started dating is unknown to the public. Even the day of their wedding is a mystery.
Additionally, Joe extends this privacy to his online presence keeping his Instagram account private and staying away from the prying eyes of the general public.
Joe Barry and his wife Chris Marinelli Barry share 4 children
Joe and his wife Chris have a family of six, including themselves and their four children. Camryn Barry and Lauren Barry are the couple’s two daughters, and Nick Barry and Sam Barry are their twin sons.
Unfortunately, these kids’ birthdates are still a secret. Joe’s reserved nature extends to his family as well, as he has chosen to keep details about his children out of the public eye.
That being said, their children maintain an online presence and are active on Instagram. The couple’s daughter, Lauren, recently graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in June 2023.
She shared the news via an Instagram post, writing, “Best 4 years of my life. Beyond lucky to have met the most amazing humans and make the best memories<3 Okay I’m crying,” alongside several pictures.
Lauren currently resides in San Diego, working as an on-campus recruiting specialist at San Diego State Football.
Joe and Chris’ other daughter Camryn graduated from Pennsylvania State University and is a former Penn State swimmer, as per her Instagram bio.
On the other hand, Nick attended the University of Wisconsin, and the other twin Sam is a receiver for Miami RedHawks Football.
Joe Barry’s net worth and salary revealed
Joe’s actual net worth is unknown, however, according to various reports, he has an estimated net worth of $5 million range, and his salary is still under review.
His coaching career began in 1994 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Southern California (USC).
Later, he served as the linebackers coach at Northern Arizona University from 1996 to 1998 before accepting the same position at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1999.
In 2000, he was hired by the San Francisco 49ers to serve as their defensive quality control coach, which marked the beginning of his NFL coaching career.
He then became the linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001, which led to the team’s Super Bowl triumph in 2002.
Joe joined the Detroit Lions in 2007 as their defensive coordinator, working under their father-in-law and head coach Rod Marinelli. However, a contentious press conference incident tainted his time in Detroit.
Despite this, he continued his coaching career with the Washington Commanders, USC, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (second term).
Before being hired as the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers in February 2021, he served as the associate head coach and linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Rams from 2017 to 2021.
The linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, whom he helped develop into a First-Team All-Pro, was one of his significant accomplishments in his first season with the Packers.
He also guided the team to a top-10 NFL ranking for yards allowed. However, the Packers faced a heartbreaking playoff loss against the San Francisco 49ers.
Joe Barry is the son of former coach Mike Barry
Joe is the son of the former coach Mike Barry and the name of his mother is still unknown. His father was an offensive line coach for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.
Mike played at Nebraska from 1964 to 1966 and at Southern Illinois University from 1966 to 1969 while in college.
Before coaching the Detroit Lions, Joe’s father coached at the college football level for Iowa State in 1986 and the University of Colorado from 1987 to 1992.
He also coached at the University of Southern California from 1993 to 1997, the University of Tennessee from 1998 to 2002, and North Carolina State University from 2003 to 2005. However, not much is known about Joe’s mother.
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