Wayne Gretzky's bronzed likeness stands outside Staples Center, a constant reminder of the tremendous impact hockey's all-time leading scorer has had in making a once-foreign game part of Southern California's sports culture.
Seeing Gretzky in person, though, is a rare event. Unfortunately for the NHL, it's likely to remain so.
Gretzky was among the speakers last Saturday at the dedication of a statue of Luc Robitaille near Gretzky's own statue. His remarks were warm and charming, a reminder of how effective a spokesman he would be for a game that would benefit from his presence.
But Gretzky said later that while he's a fan of the Kings and of General Manager Dean...