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Wayne Gretzky reveals he declined offer of a lifetime to stay with the Oilers

Published December 26, 2023 at 10:00
Wayne Gretzky has had a career of a lifetime. With his numerous Stanley Cups, countless records and accolades, he almost added ownership to his repertoire at a very young age.

It was revealed during the Spitting Chiclets Podcast with Paul Bissonnette and Ryan Whitney that this was a very real possibility with an offer on the table. After winning the Stanley Cup with Edmonton in 1984, Gretzky was offered a large ownership stake into the Vancouver Canucks.

To be the owner of an NHL franchise while being a player is certainly unheard of back then and even now. Most players wait until they retire from the game to decide on how to spend their career money whether it's through part ownership of a team, a brand or other investments that peaked their interest.

It would be crazy to think that he would have been playing for the Canucks on top of being an owner and being $3 million per year at the time.

Since his retirement in 1999, Gretzky has been more visible in recent years. He did a stint of coaching with his Arizona Coyotes, numerous commercials on television and has been a guest on TNT and ESPN numerous times for game coverage.

But as they say the rest is history and he enjoyed his storied career.
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Wayne Gretzky reveals he declined offer of a lifetime to stay with the Oilers

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