News Walter Gretzky dead at 82 SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Friday, Mar. 5th, 2021 Walter Gretzky has died at the age of 82. Wayne’s father, Walter was seen by many as the ultimate Canadian hockey dad who taught and nurtured the National Hockey League’s all-time leading scorer. The news was confirmed by Wayne on Twitter. Walter had battled Parkinson’s and other health issues over the last few years. He was named to the Order of Canada in 2007.