Gretzky looks to make hockey grow in China

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Wayne Gretzky with his father Walter. photo courtesy Wayne Gretzky on Facebook

Former Soo Greyhounds forward and current Edmonton Oilers owner Wayne Gretzky now has a role in China.

The 57 year old native of Brantford, Ontario has been named global ambassador of the KHL’s Kunlun Red Star.

Red Star, who is China’s only professional team, is getting ready to enter their third season in the KHL after missing the postseason last year.

The KHL, not to mention, is a Russian-based hockey league.

The NHL’s all-time leading scorer will focus on youth development in China, including a planned KRS-Gretzky Hockey School which will provide advanced training for players 8-17 years old.

China is hoping to boost hockey in its country just in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Beijing.

Gretzky, who wore No. 99 on the back of his jersey, retired as an NHL player in the year of 1999.

Throughout his NHL career from 1978-1999, Gretzky split time with the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers.

Gretzky, who spent one season with the Soo Greyhounds in 1977-1978, scored 70 goals and 112 assists in 64 regular season games.

Following his first and only season with the Hounds, Gretzky was named the OHL’s Rookie of the Year and also became the first Soo Greyhound to win the William Hanley Trophy for the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player.

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