Wayne Gretzky is back with the Edmonton Oilers.
Team owner Daryl Katz announced Wednesday afternoon that Gretzky is now a partner and vice-chair with the Oilers Entertainment Group.
“I want to be part of the National Hockey League. Everything I have in my life is because of the National Hockey League. I’m thrilled to back,” Gretzky says.
“We always felt that the Edmonton Oilers was his home,” says Katz. “Wayne will work with Bob Nicholson and me on all aspects of OEG business. Nothing about this changes the structure of the Edmonton Oilers hockey operations hierarchy. This is Peter Chiarelli’s team.”
The announcement was part of a busy afternoon at Rogers Place. The Gretzky statue was unveiled in its new home on the north side of 104 Avenue under Ford Hall. The Oilers Hall of Fame was also opened. It features numerous items from historic moments in Oilers history, along with plaques of the Oilers who have been inducted into the Hall. Gretzky, Grant Fuhr, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, and Jari Kurri all attended the ceremony.
“I’m so excited to be here for this opening game tonight,” says Kurri. “This is a great announcement with Wayne getting back in hockey.” (jrw)