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Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:27 am
 

By Brian Stubits

In the last two days, all of the Winter Classic news surrounded the roster for the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Game roster. Eric Lindros: In. John LeClair: In. Mikael Renberg: Not so much.

But what about the Rangers side? The names like Mark Messier and Brian Leetch seem like givens, but the name everybody was hoping to see, Wayne Gretzky? It doesn't look promising on that front.

“No, I’ll be with my family for the holidays," Gretzky told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. “Plus, they don’t need to see a 50-year-old slow guy out there!"

Gretzky is aware that the game has a lot of guys 50 and older, right? Even if he were 80 I think people would love to see Gretzky out there. The family reason, though? Hard to argue with that.

Now if this holds and Messier can't get in his old friend's ear, it does seem sort of right. After all, Gretzky did play a little in New York, but he's identified with the Oilers and Kings. In a way it would seem cheap to me to have Gretzky with the Rangers in an alumni game. He spent just the final three seasons of his career in the Big Apple. Not exactly the defining days of his career.

Still, I can only imagine that Gretzky would be the best player if he took part.

Photo: Getty Images

Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

I have 2 favorite NHL teams the Devils and ANYONE playing the Rangers. BUT, I would love to see the great one back on the ice in any game. He was arguably the greatest player ever to lace them up. I dont think it makes difference that he only played 3 seasons in NY. he is still an alum and any true hockey fan would love to see him play again even if it is just a scrimmage. he still means so much to the game of hockey.



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:43 am
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

if it were edmonton or l.a. alumni sure not rangers still like to watch the reg nhl than the alumni games had there time been there done that lol




Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: October 30, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

Completely agree. Most associate Gretzky w/ the great Oiler's years.  Although folks would like to see him take to the ice, there's no incentive or need for him to suit up with the Rangers.  And yes, Wayne does look like robin williams in the photo. :)



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

the best player in that game will probably be Mark Recchi.



Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game


29 October 2011

      
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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game




Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

I found the article from way back in '03. After Gretzky played with the Oilers vs Canadiens in Heritage Classic.


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Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:01 pm
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Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:10 am
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

that's funny ... my g/f said he looked like robin williams when she saw the picture too!



Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:22 am
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

Don't you think he looks like Robin Williams in that picture?



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