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Wayne Gretzky | Center

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (57) / 1/26/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Drafted: 1978 / UDFA / EDM

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Wayne Gretzky believes the Golden Knights will be a successful hockey franchise.
"Well, first of all, you’ve got to have good ownership, and it looks like they have strong, good, solid ownership," Gretzky told NHL Network. "Then they have to have good leadership, and (vice president) Murray Craven is a tremendous man, and I know he understands the importance of youth hockey in the area. He’s gonna do everything he can to expand and grow youth hockey in Vegas and in the surrounding area. Then you have to have a workaholic general manager, and I think George McPhee’s record speaks for itself. What he’s done in the past and how hard he works and how dedicated he is to making his teams the best teams that they can be." Mon, Aug 14, 2017 12:01:00 PM

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It'll be Wayne Gretzky who'll step in to replace John Tortorella on the Metro division's bench during the All-Star weekend.

Well it's not as though Gretzky isn't familiar with the Metro, as he spent the last three seasons of his career with the New York Rangers. Though perhaps coaching is the only thing in hockey The Great One isn't so great at, as he spent four seasons as Arizona's bench boss and never finishing higher than fourth in the division. All the same, the players will probably be pretty stoked to have him in their ear.
Sat, Jan 28, 2017 03:47:00 PM

It's true, Wayne Gretzky will suit up for the Blues in the Winter Classic's alumni game.

The Great One played just 18 regular season games, scoring eight goals and 21 points. He'd then pop another pair of goals and 16 points in 14 games in the playoffs for them in 1996. But apparently, that's enough much to the delight of Blues fans everywhere.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 07:32:00 PM

Wayne Gretzky was almost traded to the Detroit Red Wings or Philadelphia Flyers back in 1988.

Gretzky ended up being dealt from Edmonton to Los Angeles instead, but for a moment, he thought he'd be joining the Red Wings. "In the end, we got down to three teams," Gretzky said. "Mr. Snider was a good friend of mine and Philadelphia was involved, and Detroit Red Wings — and of course I grew up a Gordie Howe fan and loved Gordie Howe and the Red Wings — and the Los Angeles Kings were involved. I really felt 24 hours beforehand that I was going to end up a Detroit Red Wing. "Both Janet (his wife) and I thought that was the perfect place to go because A, it was a great hockey city, B, because of Gordie and everything that goes with that. And it was really my dad that stepped in and said, ‘You know, there’s only one Gordie Howe. Detroit’s Detroit, they’ve done everything."
Source: CSN Philly
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 09:51:00 AM

Wayne Gretzky will don the captain's "C" once again for the Edmonton Oilers in 2016's Legends game at the Heritage Classic against the Winnipeg Jets next season.

The outdoor game will take place at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Sunday, Oct. 23rd. Gretzky led the Oilers to four Stanley Cups during their heyday in the 1980's. He collected a staggering 583 goals and 1,669 points in just 696 games for them as well. Gretzky also confirmed that Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri ad Dave Semenko will play in the game as well.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 02:28:00 PM

Wayne Gretzky is working in an advisory role with prospective Las Vegas NHL owner Bill Foley.

Foley is the chairman of Fidelity National Financial Inc., and he’s also investing in distressed wineries. Sportsnet’s John Shannon also got confirmation from the "Great One" himself, who said he’s "unofficially" working with Foley. Gretzky said he introduced him to business partners. Foley said he’d sell tickets at league-average prices. He wouldn’t say whether Gretzky would have any role with a team, if he got one in Las Vegas. A graduate of West Point, Foley said he'd like the team to be named the "Black Knights," if he had his choice.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 08:20:00 PM

The Oilers will host a 30 year reunion bash for their 1984 Stanley Cup winning squad this fall featuring alumni such as Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jari Kurri.

The legends and the supporting cast of the championship team will be introduced at an Oct. 9 home game against Calgary, while a gala dinner in support of charity will be held the next day to commemorate the feat. "We were a special group in a special city at a special time," said Gretzky.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 03:07:00 PM

The New York Post says Wayne Gretzky has joined a group of investors aiming to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle, the paper reported on Friday evening.

Gretzky declined comment on the story and the NHL did not return phone calls, but if true this would mark the second time The Great One has made a bid to own a franchise since 2011. Gretzky's party is one of several groups interested in bringing hockey to Seattle, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reiterated last month that expansion is not a priority for the league. A new stadium is also required for a move, and though billionaire Chris Hansen has expressed interest in financing an arena, he wants an NBA franchise promised to the city first.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 08:56:00 PM

There are rumors circulating that former NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky will join the Washington Capitals as club president.

Respected columnist John Feinstein thinks it would be a boon for the Caps, writing: "He was general manager and then coach in Phoenix. Did he have success? No. But the Coyotes were a financial mess, eventually filing for bankruptcy, and that had nothing to do with any of Gretzky’s moves. In fact, in his first season as coach, the team improved markedly. He just never had the money or the support to build on that improvement. Gretzky also has been involved in running Team Canada during three Olympics (as executive director in 2002 and 2006 and then as a special advisor in 2010) — not exactly a low-pressure job in a country that demands a hockey gold medal or bust in every Olympics. The Canadians won gold in 2002 and 2010 with a quarterfinal loss in between. What’s more, Gretzky has the kind of personality that will make being an out-front guy for a franchise easy for him."
Sat, May 24, 2014 11:08:00 AM

There is reportedly a "very big chance" that Wayne Gretzky will join Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment as a top executive.

Gretzky joining MLSE is a story that's been floating around as a possibility for a long time, but has never materialized. Obviously, his hiring would be met with a lot of fanfare, but it's not clear how much influence he would have over the hockey decisions within the organization. Gretzky hasn't worked for an NHL team since he left the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 09:46:00 PM

Wayne Gretzky has reportedly talked to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment about the possibility of joining the franchise in an executive capacity.

Those discussions have been suspended, but they might pick up again at some point. Gretzky has been linked to the Maple Leafs before, but he hasn't worked for an NHL team since leaving the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009.
Source: Toronto Sun
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 11:02:00 AM

In addition to Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky is allegedly interested in coaching the Rangers next season.

At least that's what a report out of Toronto would have us believe. As you no doubt know, Messier and Gretzky were teammates for a good part of their respective careeres and they are still very friendly. If this report is accurate, it will be an interesting competition between hockey giants to take over as the Blueshirts' bench boss. Stay tuned.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 09:48:00 AM

Wayne Gretzky has been content to watch the NHL from the outside and is not thinking about a coaching or an executive job in the near future.

"I really haven’t thought about it, partly because I have enough going on in my life," Gretzky told "I haven’t sat down and said, 'I really want to get back into hockey, let’s move forward.' I haven’t had that feeling. I’ve really enjoyed being on the outside and being a fan of the game. It’s been enjoyable for me to take a step back and just watch like everyone else and enjoy it. Although, unfortunately, none of us are doing that now," said Gretzky. "It’s been enjoyable for me to just be a fan. Some days I really miss it, other days I think, 'Well, I’m glad I don’t have the stress or the pressure of being in it day to day.' But it’s the greatest game in the world. Maybe one day I’ll be back, but as of right now I don’t think about it."
Source: ESPN
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 07:53:00 PM

Wayne Gretzky and Oilers owner Daryl Katz were both in Seattle on Monday, leading to erroneous rumors that Gretzky might rejoin the Oilers' organization.

Gretzky was merely seen at a Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game, so the fact that rumors began to swirl probably speaks to how much Oilers fans would leave to see the Great One rejoin their team in some capacity. Or, given that Katz was reportedly in Seattle to weigh the option of moving the club in light of an arena battle with Edmonton, perhaps it speaks more to a fear that Gretzky might actually involve himself in the departure of the team that famously traded him. It got to the point where Gretzky felt the need to call up the Fan 590 in Toronto to dismiss the rumors. "That's the last time I go to a football game," Gretzky said. "I'm not involved with the NHL, I'm really not. It's just one of those things where I was invited to go to a football game and I said why not. Any official capacity is absolutely zero. I have no stake or claim in any team in the NHL whatsoever." Gretzky also thinks there's "probably zero" chance that the Oilers will move.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 08:24:00 AM

If there's a lockout, Wayne Gretzky doesn't think it'll last as long as the last one.

We lost the 2004-05 season because of a lockout. "I think somehow, some way, both sides will come together and we'll be playing hockey sooner rather than later," Gretzky said. The two sides met on Wednesday and exchanged proposals, but haven't come to an agreement yet. The current CBA is set to expire on Saturday.
Source: CTV News
Wed, Sep 12, 2012 07:59:00 PM

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