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Kings to Retire Gretzky Jersey

January 31, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Los Angeles Kings will retire Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99 jersey on opening night next season.

The date of the ceremony will be determined once the team’s 2002-03 schedule is announced by the NHL.

``I look forward to sharing this honor with my family, friends and especially the fans, whose support of both myself and the Kings over the years has been tremendous and very humbling,″ he said.

Gretzky’s No. 99 was officially retired by all NHL clubs after he completed his 20-year career as the league’s leading scorer.

Gretzky played eight seasons in Los Angeles, where he led the Kings to the Stanley Cup finals in 1993. He became the NHL’s all-time leading scorer as a King on March 23, 1994, when he passed Gordie Howe with his 802nd goal.

Currently, Gretzky, 41, is executive director of Canada’s Olympic hockey team. He’s also managing partner of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes.

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