On hand in Edmonton today for unveiling of his statue at the new Rogers Place, Wayne Gretzky was announced as officially joining the organization as the Vice Chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group . While job capacity is still somewhat unknown, it is expected that he could fill a role similar to that of Kevin Lowe, the Vice President of Oilers Entertainment Group.
“The Great One” was last part of the Edmonton Oilers over 28 years ago. Gretzky played for the team for a decade, leading them to four Stanley Cup titles and establishing himself as the best player the game has ever seen. He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988, and had not returned to the team in any capacity until now.
Gretzky has not held an official position in the NHL since leaving the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009, but now holds two positions with the league. In September, he was named an official ambassador for the league’s centennial celebration, and now adds his position with the Oilers into the mix. Having Gretzky around the NHL can only be a positive for the league, and it seems as though hockey’s all-time greatest simply can’t get enough of the game.