LOS ANGELES -- You knew it was a hockey game in L.A. when the Kings had Wayne Gretzky in Staples Center for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday. It was a great touch to the Final scene, having the Great One come out and drop the ceremonial first puck.
Unfortunately, the great moment was blemished a little by a gaffe from the Kings P.A. announcer. Have a look (video via Puck Daddy)
That's pretty amazing. Gretzky led the Kings to their only previous Stanley Cup Final berth in 1993, but the announcer said he didn't even come to the team until 1998. He truly was great.
Of course, it was just a slip of the tongue from the announcer. Gretzky came to L.A. in 1988 from Edmonton. The move changed hockey across the league and especially in L.A.
Regardless of the simple gaffe -- which is a touch ironic in light of all the media errors the Kings have pointed out this postseason -- it was a great moment and got the arena jumping before Game 3. Gretzky is as representative of hockey in L.A. as anybody.