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01-11-2004, 10:06 AM
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"The fans deserve a lot of the credit for me having this night here tonight because of their support, not only for the L.A. Kings, but for Wayne Gretzky. They proved that this is not only a good sports city, it's a good hockey city."

Despite having his number retired, Gretzky, who now lives in the Los Angeles area, was not cheering for his old team last night. The opponents were the Phoenix Coyotes -- the team that is 20% Gretzky-owned.

To commemorate the occasion, the Kings unveiled a bronze statue of Gretzky outside the Staples Center. The Kings also played in their old Gretzky-era sweaters last night.
October 9th, 2002.

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