Wayne Gretzky Hockey

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Wayne Gretzky Hockey
Developer(s)Bethesda Softworks[2]
Publisher(s)Bethesda Softworks
Toy Headquarters (NES)
Platform(s)Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Mac OS, Nintendo Entertainment System
Genre(s)Sports (ice hockey)
Mode(s)One player, two players

Wayne Gretzky Hockey is an ice hockey-themed sports game developed by Bethesda Softworks, and first published in 1988.


The game features the name and likeness of Canadian professional ice hockey centre Wayne Gretzky.


Bethesda Softworks published Wayne Gretzky Hockey shortly after Peter Pocklington traded Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings on August 9, 1988.

Bethesda Softworks followed the game with two sequels: Wayne Gretzky Hockey 2 (1990) and Wayne Gretzky Hockey 3 (1992).


Sales of Wayne Gretzky Hockey reached 350,000 units by 1995, which "put Bethesda Softworks on the gaming map", according to PC Gamer US.[4][1][5]

In the April 1989 edition of Computer Gaming World, Johnny Wilson gave an "unhesitating recommendation" of the game "to anyone who enjoys hockey".[6]

In the January 1990 edition of Games International (Issue 12), Mike Siggins found the arcade version of the game uninspiring, and the strategy game only a bit better. He concluded by giving the game 3 out of 5 for game play and 4 out of 5 for graphics, saying, "It is among the best hockey games around but sadly, given the earlier efforts in this field, that is not saying much [...] It is neither a good arcade game or stats based game, while it attempts to do both."[7]

In 1996, Computer Gaming World declared Wayne Gretzky Hockey the 111th-best computer game ever released.[8] The Amiga version of the game was voted “Best Sports Simulation of the Year’ by members of the Software Publishers Association.[9]

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  1. ^ a b "Bethesda Softworks History". bethsoft.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 1997. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  2. ^ Fachet, Robert (December 20, 1988). "NHL Notebook". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  3. ^ Brother Buzz (January 1991). "Nintendo ProView: Wayne Gretzky Hockey" (PDF). GamePro. p. 94. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Trotter, William R. (November 1995). "Bethesda Softworks: The Little Giant". PC Gamer US. pp. 92–94, 96, 98.
  5. ^ "Bethesda A brief History". GamePro. March 1996. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  6. ^ Wilson, Johnny L. (April 1989). "The Great One Digitized" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 58. p. 38. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Siggins, Mike (January 1990). "TComputer Games". Games International. No. 12. pp. 46–47.
  8. ^ Staff (November 1996). "150 Best (and 50 Worst) Games of All Time" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 148. p. 82. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 11, 2013.
  9. ^ "Bethesda Softworks Announces More Hockey and First Arcade Game". Computer Entertainer. July 1989. p. 2. Retrieved March 1, 2024.