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Wayne Gretzky drops ceremonial puck before Game 1 of Stanley Cup final

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Wayne Gretzky drops ceremonial puck before Game 1 of Stanley Cup final

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What’s a Stanley Cup final game in Los Angeles without Wayne Gretzky? The Great One was in town to drop the ceremonial puck before Game 1.

What’s a Stanley Cup final game in Los Angeles without Wayne Gretzky? The Great One was at Staples Center Wednesday and even appeared on Hockey Night in Canada in a one-on-one with Ron MacLean before the game. Gretzky gave his terrific insight and, hey, if he’s not going to join an NHL team this summer, maybe he can join the broadcast team next year? We can dream. Obviously, it was a big event in Los Angeles hockey so Gretzky was there to do the ceremonial puck drop with Dustin Brown and Brad Richards. Gretzky performed the duty at the Outdoor Game at Dodger Stadium earlier this season and he did it in Los Angeles’ first home game during the 2012 final. Who says he doesn’t already work for an NHL team? He’s Los Angeles’ professional puck dropper. He got a solid ovation and, well, I’ll just let you watch No. 99 in the NHL spotlight again, where he belongs. Another all-time great, Teemu Selanne, was in attendance as well. He is doing color commentary of the Cup final for Finnish radio (there are no Finns in the final, so kudos to them). And, well, move over Wayne, Janet wanted to see Selanne.
Gretzky was looking for Teemu Selanne. Said his wife wants a photo with Teemu — Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) June 4, 2014
But back to Wayne. It looked like he was going for the Henrik Lundqvist look with his hairdo, or at least took some advice from King Henrik. Because, man, Gretzky's style came a long way: Wayne Gretzky do Follow Rory on Twitter
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Wayne Gretzky drops ceremonial puck before Game 1 of Stanley Cup final