Oilers center Wayne Gretzky celebrates with five NHL trophies after the league awards presentation in Toronto on June 10, 1987. Trophies shown, from left, are Art Ross scoring leader, Campbell Conference winners, Leater B. Pearson selected by players, Lord Stanley’s Cup, and Hart Trophy most valuable player.
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Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, talks during a Kings news conference in Inglewood in 1993.
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Kings center Wayne Gretzky celebrates after scoring a goal in 1994.
Celebrity players, from left, Cuba Gooding Jr., Justin Bieber and Eric Lindros sit on the bench as Team Gretzky head coach Wayne Gretzky, top center, stands in the background during the first period on Jan. 28.
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Gordie Howe, left, shares a light moment with Wayne Gretzky during practice for the 1999 NHL All Star game in Tampa, Fla..
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Wayne Gretzky had a few laughs with Jaromir Jagr before the Penguins and Jagr ruined Gretzky’s final game in overtime, 2-1, on April 18, 1999.
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Wayne Gretzky had an emotional final few days in the NHl and acknowledges the fans at the end of his final game after 20 spectacular seasons. (Paul Chiasson / Associated Press)
Wayne Gretzky played in 18 NHL All-Star games during a career that remains unrivaled. (Vaughn Ridley / Getty Images)
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky smiles during his induction ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday Nov. 22, 1999.
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NHL legend Wayne Gretzky takes the stage during the NHL 100 event at Microsoft Theater on Friday. (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)
Former Kings captain and NHL all-time leading scorer Wayne Gretzky speaks to reporters at Dodger Stadium before the building of a temporary on-site rink that will play host to a game between the Ducks and Kings in January 2014.