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Wayne Gretzky dishes on Alex Ovechkin, scoring

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After Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988, the organization went to great lengths to promote ice hockey, which was not very popular in Southern California. On Monday, Gretzky recalled how sports seemed like an afterthought in and around Los Angeles at the time.

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A few years later, Gretzky said, the Kings rekindled excitement for the game in parts of Southern California, and beyond, with regular trips to the NHL playoffs and eventually a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993.

All-time NHL leading scorer, Gretzky said that when he arrived in Los Angeles, there were four high school hockey teams around town. By 1992, there were 134.

On Monday, in a panel moderated by “Hockey Knight in Canada” personality Kristen Simpson, Gretzky recalled a time when he and his wife, Janet, were driving on some tennis courts in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles. The two had just married and Gretzky was traded to royalty.

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