First dates will emotionally wreck you if you aren’t prepared to call an audible when things start going south. In a scene directly out of an 80s high school comedy, I once showed up to a girl’s house where her dad answered the door holding a shotgun that he claimed to be “polishing,” when in all actuality, he was pretty much just saying, “Look at this fucking shotgun that could blindside you at any second if you touch my daughter anywhere but on the hand.”
So yeah, dad’s and first dates don’t mix. Unless the girl you’re taking out has a dad who recorded 894 goals, 1,963 assists, and won four Stanley Cups. Yeah, their first date consisted of just chilling out with The Great One after Paulina decided it would be a good idea to invite him over for dinner.
Dustin met the Gretzkys after being paired with Wayne’s wife Janet in 2009 pro-am. She invited him over for a family dinner, and Dustin became friends with Paulina and her family.
They finally had their first date in 2012, an event that Paulina is quick to qualify: “I don’t know if you can call it a date since my dad tagged along,” she said.
“That’s how it goes in our family,” Wayne said. “Janet and I go out to eat, and we somehow always wind up with seven or eight people at the table. Everyone is invited.”
As someone who has also shared a meal with Dustin and Paulina (read: watched them walk into a restaurant from afar only to gawk over them all night), this truly sounds incredible. There are only a handful of dads that I’d actually want to be face to face with when trying to create some sparks with their daughters, and Wayne fucking Gretzky is definitely one of them.
No word on whether or not they recreated the dinner table scene from Wedding Crashers, though. Gretzky wasn’t much of a fighter, but he probably has a little more grit than a professional golfer, coke problem or not. .
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