Paulina Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky, back with the NHL, returns to L.A. as an Oilers executive

Wayne Gretzky, back with the NHL, returns to L.A. as an Oilers executive

The NHL lost its most appealing and well-known personality during the years Wayne Gretzky deliberately avoided aligning with the league or a team following his 2009 resignation as coach of the then-Phoenix Coyotes. With fences since mended on both sides, the NHL and hockey fans are gaining a lot from his return.

Gretzky, who agreed to be an ambassador for the NHL’s centennial celebrations and went back to his Edmonton roots when he became partner and vice chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group, appeared at news conference Thursday at the L.A. Auto Show to help Honda announce its title sponsorship of the 2017 NHL All-Star game. Gretzky also unveiled the Ridgeline truck that...

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