• Publication date: October 30, 2013

Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story

Following his 53rd birthday, Wally, ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s father, suffered a major stroke. The stroke left him unable to speak except in Ukrainian in addition to other debilitating effects, which Wally fights off to win small victories against his condition…

  • Publication date: October 30, 2013

Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story

Program data

Duration: 90

Production Year: 2005

MBC Max:

November 6, 2013 14:00 (KSA) ~ November 6, 2013 13:00 (CLT)

Following his 53rd birthday, Wally, ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s father, suffered a major stroke. The stroke left him unable to speak except in Ukrainian in addition to other debilitating effects, which Wally fights off to win small victories against his condition, all in the hopes of achieving pre-stroke ‘normalcy’…

Adapted from Gretzky and Carole Hay’s co-authored book ‘Walter Gretzky: On Family, Hockey and Healing’, the film’s little vignettes of humanity and the power of will, proves quite an emotional ride…


  • Tom McCamus as Walter ‘Wally’ Gretzky
  • Victoria Snow as Phyllis Gretzky
  • Tara Spencer-Nairn as Kim Gretzky
  • Matthew Edison as Ian Kohler
  • Kris Holden-Reid as Wayne Gretzky
  • Robert Bockstael as Butch
  • David Brown as Eddie Ramer

Directed by: Dean Bennett

Rating:  PG for some mild language and thematic elements