Paul Bissonnette: Wayne Gretzky can still 'crush beers' until 5 a.m.
Wayne Gretzky knows how to party, even at 61.
Former NHL player Paul Bissonnette, a colleague of Gretzky’s on TNT’s NHL studio show, recently revealed that The Great One can still hang late into the night with the fellas.
“After these broadcasts, sometimes we go to Wayne’s room until like 4-5 in them morning,” Bissonnette said on “The Pat McAfee Show” ( available on Audacy ). “This guy is the biggest guy’s guy. He will crush beers. He will tell me all these iconic stories. Buddy, it’s a dream come true and that alone is incentive enough for me to fly out here once or twice a week and do this gig – just to hear these stories from the greatest hockey player of all time.”
Bissonnette actually was actually partying at Gretzky’s mansion before getting to “crush beers” with The Great One himself.
He told McAfee he became friends with Gretzky’s sons, Ty and Trevor, who attended Arizona State while he played for the Phoenix Coyotes, and they would throw parties at the Gretzky mansion.
“We would have home games on Saturday, we would go to the bar, and then we’d go back to his place,” Bissonnette said. “Let’s just put it this way: I was batting a thousand at this place. The girls were just everywhere. It was insane.”
Bissonnette actually has Gretzky’s sons to thank for helping him get the TNT gig alongside their father, explaining that they “put in a good word” for him.
“I’ve really got to thank Ty and Trevor for the introduction,” Bissonnette said. “And also for helping me get laid.”