February 21, 2017

Gretzky's Day In The Minor Leagues

Wayne Gretzky never played a single game in the minor leagues. Or did he?

Check out this photo of Gretzky in a Phoenix Roadrunners uniform back in 1993.

The story behind this photo:

On September 25th, 1993 Gretzky's LA Kings played their IHL minor league affiliate, the Phoenix Roadrunners, in a pre-season exhibition game. Gretzky, goaltender Kelly Hrudey and three other Kings regulars were "demoted" to the minor leagues for the event.

The publicity stunt worked as a Roadrunners franchise record for attendance was established at 13,747. Gretzky scored twice as the Roadrunners beat the Kings 6-5 in an overtime shootout.


Smoke said...

I was there! I worked for the Roadrunners at the time and I actually have a picture of Gretz in the locker room waiting to go out for warmups and a picture of his stall in the locker room before the game. I'll never forget it. Thanks for posting this.

Unknown said...

Smoke...please share your pictures! I would love to see them!