Wayne Gretzky dropped the ceremonial puck before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Los Angeles on Monday. It was the first Stanley Cup game the team hosted since 1993 when Gretzky was the franchise player. Don’t tell that to the Kings’ PA announcer, because he screwed up his dates:
Yup, as Puck Daddy pointed out, the announcer said “His play on the ice rewrote the NHL record books, and his arrival in Los Angeles in 1998 changed the face of hockey and the NHL forever.”
We’re pretty sure the announcer meant 1988, because Gretzky was winding down his career and a member of the Rangers in 1998. We also believe the PA announcer was David Courtney, who made an even bigger gaffe in December.
For the record, The Great One won four Stanley Cups over nine seasons with the Edmonton Oilers before being traded to the Kings in 1988.