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Friday, May 19, 2017 12:00 am

Gretzky, who has a K's connection, to be at All-Star Game

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Wayne Gretzky’s professional hockey career began with the World Hockey Association’s Indianapolis Racers in 1978. He’ll return to the city, and to the arena, for the ECHL’s All-Star Game on Jan. 15.

The NHL’s all-time leading scorer – he played for Edmonton, Los Angeles, St. Louis and the New York Rangers – will be part of a pre-game ceremony at Indiana Farmers Coliseum and drop the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff.

With the Racers, while just 17, Gretzky had three goals and six points in eight games. His No. 99 has been retired throughout the entire NHL. Tickets have not yet gone on sale for the game.

Not only could the Komets have a representative playing or coaching in the game, here’s another connection to the Komets: A key part of the trade that sent Gretzky to Los Angeles was a first-round draft pick that turned into future Komet Nick Stajduhar.

“It is an honor to be involved with the ECHL All-Star Classic,” Gretzky said in a press release. “I am looking forward to returning to Indianapolis to join the celebration in January.”