Wayne Gretzky's son Ty marks 34th birthday with celebratory posts from sister Paulina, mom Janet and more — what to know about the 5 Gretzky kids

Canadian legend Wayne Gretzky shares five kids with wife Janet Jones Gretzky, and they've each chosen their own paths.

Ty Gretzky poses with his family at the ice rink. (Photo via @tygretzky on Instagram)
Ty Gretzky and his family are celebrating his 34th birthday. (Photo via @tygretzky on Instagram)

Ty Gretzky has made another trip around the sun! The eldest son of Canadian NHL legend Wayne Gretzky turned 34 on July 9, with his wife and several family members sharing social media posts to mark the occasion.

On Tuesday, Ty's wife Sara took to Instagram with a post captioned, "Happy birthday, daddio. We love you," alongside blue heart and cafe emojis. For the post, she included a photo of Ty sitting in the middle of a swing set with their two daughters, Sicily and Vienna, swinging on both of his sides.

Sara also took to her Instagram Stories to share a couple of snaps of Ty enjoying some "birthday hockey" at an ice rink. In the first photo, Ty was seen carrying Vienna in one arm and holding Sicily's hand in the other, as he walked on the outside of the rink wearing his hockey skates. The second snapshot showed him snuggling Vienna in an embrace right beside the rink.

But Sara wasn't the only Gretzky family member to commemorate the special day. Ty's older sister, Paulina Gretzky, also took to her Instagram Stories to share two older photos of them as kids with their parents. His brother, Trevor Gretzky, also shared a sweet Instagram post featuring several photos of them together; that post included an old photo of them hugging outdoors as kids, selfies with their friends and a family portrait with all of his siblings posing with their grandfather.

"Happy birthday, Ty!" Trevor captioned his post. "You mean the world to me. Have a great day!"

Ty's mom, Janet Jones Gretzky, also shared her own birthday post to honour her son's birthday. She shared an Instagram Reel that featured numerous photos of Ty and his kids, with many of those snapshots showing off moments where he's being a good father.

"We are so blessed with you being you, Ty," she noted in her post's caption. "Wishing you the best birthday! We love you beyond."

In all of the posts from his family members, people shared their own well wishes for Ty. Some people even shared kind words from memories they have from meeting him in person.

"I met Ty in Niagara at the winery. We were so impressed by what a humble, down-to-earth gentleman he was. Happy Birthday," one person shared.

"Happy birthday, [Ty Gretzky]. All your girls in your favourite place make for a great birthday!" another wrote.

"Big brother to us all — happy bday," someone added.

While Ty might be the eldest son of former ice hockey professional Wayne Gretzky, who are the NHL legend's other children? The 63-year-old athlete shares five kids with his 63-year-old wife, Janet Jones Gretzky, whom he married in 1988. Below, learn more about the rest of the long-time couple's children, and see what paths they've decided to take in life.

Dustin Johnson of 4Aces GC poses with wife Paulina Gretzky and the individual trophy after winning day three of the LIV Golf Invitational - Las Vegas at Las Vegas Country Club on Feb. 10, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The eldest out of the five kids, Paulina Mary Jean Gretzky was born on Dec. 19, 1988. Like her mother, Paulina took up acting, where she starred in films like like Fame (2009), Grown Ups 2 (2013) and Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012).

But on top of a film career, she's spent time modelling and growing a large social media following, where she boasts more than one million followers on Instagram. Singing and song-writing, however, was always one of her biggest passions.

In a 2012 interview with Complex, she shared she studied opera at Michigan's Interlochen Center for the Arts. Paulina also added the music she had been working on at the time was "very pop mainstream," a shift from her original goal of emulating singers like Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani.

In 2009, Paulina met her now-husband, six-time World Golf Champion Dustin Johnson. The pair only began dating in 2013, and ended up getting engaged seven months later. On April 23, 2022, they tied the knot in Tennessee. The couple have two sons together: Tatum, who was born on Jan. 19, 2015, and River Jones, who was born on June 12, 2017.

Last year, Paulina spoke to KIND Magazine about how her parents influenced her relationship with Johnson: "The way he [Wayne] loves my mom and respects her is a huge part of everything and not just for me, but for all of us kids," Paulina told the Canadian lifestyle magazine. "It's the same way my dad is with Dustin and how he is with all his grandkids. Both of my parents set an amazing example and it comes down to paying attention and treating each other kindly."

Ty Gretzky holds his daughter, Sicily Marie, while posing with wife Sara Cusick on a road. (Instagram/@tygretzky)
Ty Gretzky shares a daughter, Sicily Marie, with wife Sara Cusick. (Instagram/@tygretzky)

The eldest Gretzky son, Ty, was born on July 9, 1990, and has since kept a relatively low profile compared to his siblings. But, like his dad, hockey became a large part of his life — and it was something the father-son duo bonded over.

"He was my hockey guy. He loves hockey," Wayne shared on a 2021 episode of "The Steam Room" podcast. "We do hockey camps all over North America. He is one of my best friends and I love it."

In 2014, they both founded The Gretzky Hockey School, which trains youth athletes using the "same foundation and habits implemented by Grandpa Walter teaching Wayne and the kids growing up," according to its website.

On Feb. 29, 2020, Ty married his wife, Sara Cusick, in a modern Gatsby-style wedding in Brooklyn. The following October, the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Sicily Marie. In May 2023, they welcomed their second daughter, Vienna Leone.

Trevor Gretzky is seen at the 2019 NHL Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Trevor Gretzky is the third child of Wayne and Janet. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Wayne and Janet welcomed their second son, Trevor, on Sept. 14, 1992. Like his siblings, he took a liking to sports and eventually signed with the Chicago Cubs in 2011, playing for the baseball team's minor league as well as the Los Angeles Angels.

Back then, having a professional athlete as a dad certainly helped with his own career. In 2015, Trevor explained to the Associated Press that his father "knows a lot about baseball" and taught him "pretty much everything I know about the game."

In 2016, Trevor decided to opt out of the sports world in exchange for show business. Based in Los Angeles, the actor and producer has worked on films like "Mile 22," "Apex" and "American Siege."

Trevor confirmed his engagement to Ashley Malinchak in 2023. In April of that year, he shared a video on Instagram of his proposal, where he got down on one knee amongst both of their families. The couple welcomed their daughter, Phoenix Shiloh, that same year.

(L-R) Tristan Gretzky, Janet Gretzky and Ty Gretzky attend
Tristan Gretzky (far left) poses with his mother Janet and brother Ty at "The Sound And The Fury" premiere in 2014. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

Wayne retired on April 18, 1999, and less than a year later on Aug. 2, 2000, he and Janet welcomed their third son, Tristan. While his siblings took up sports like hockey and baseball, Tristan opted to become a golfer, where he played on the Pepperdine University men's team while studying at the school. At the time, he said "my life goal is to be on the PGA Tour" and he was "looking forward to spending the next couple of years grinding" with the school's other players and coaches.

However, Tristan eventually transferred to New York University, where he said he picked the school because of the "unlimited opportunities in the city while being able to compete in the sport I love with an amazing golf coach leading the team."

Tristan also took up a bit of acting like his mother and older brother Trevor. He starred in the 2006 film "Two Tickets to Paradise," alongside "How I Met Your Mother" actress Ashley Williams and "General Hospital" actor Ryan Paevey.

Emma Gretzky stuns in a blue and starry cowboy hat. (Instagram/@emiliagretzky)
Emma Gretzky is the youngest of the Gretzky siblings. (Instagram/@emiliagretzky)

The youngest of the Gretzky siblings, Emma, was born on March 28, 2003. She's currently a student at Southern Methodist University (SMU), where she's part of the school's tennis team.

In 2019, Wayne told the Ventura County Star his youngest daughter started the sport a bit late, picking it up at age 12 and a half. However, he noted that was fine since training to become an athlete is "a marathon, not a sprint."

"If you enjoy it, and work hard, and continue to progress, good things can happen," he added. "For us, as parents, our goal for Emma is to love it and keep working hard at it, because it's a huge commitment. Tennis is three, four, five hours a day of cardio. It's a little bit different and unique."

Emma regularly posts on Instagram, where she boasts more than 25,000 followers. She has also been in a relationship with SMU football player Stone Eby for more than a year. Like her family, she's also dabbled in acting, where she starred in the 2013 thriller "Palo Alto," featuring James Franco and Emma Roberts.

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