Gretzky wants to play in outdoor game
Date: Tuesday, June 03 2003
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Wayne Gretzky is making a hockey comeback.
The Great One says he will take part in an old timers game scheduled for Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on November 22.
"I said I would never play an old-timers' game," Gretzky tells the Edmonton Sun. "But this one is special. It's in Edmonton. It's outdoors in front of 60,000 fans."
The game would be between alumni of the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens and would precede a scheduled regular season game between the same two teams. However, the NHLPA has yet to give its approval to the match.
Gretzky doesn't think the players association will stand in the way of such a special event.
"I'm hoping it's more a formality than anything else," he said. "It's really special. It's a unique event outside. It would be great for everybody. It would be great for hockey."
The Oilers will celebrate their 25th season in the NHL this fall and a number of special events are planned.