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Off to Vegas

Tuesday, 02.08.2011 / 3:05 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Gretzky in Vegas

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Off to Vegas
Wayne Gretzky in Las Vegas! Sign me up.

I'll be early Wednesday morning to catch my flight to Sin City where I will spend three days chatting with and writing about the Great One and some of his great pals at Gretzky's annual Fantasy Camp.

Joining 99 in Las Vegas will be Brian Leetch, Chris Chelios, Mike Keenan, Glenn Anderson, Rick Tocchet, Denis Savard, Grant Fuhr, John MacLean and Bernie Nichols among others. The home base is the Bellagio Resort and Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard, but a great deal of the action will take place at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

This is the ninth year Gretzky has held his fantasy camp. House-league dreamers pay to play with and against some of the best to ever lace 'em up in the NHL, and we have the honor of being there to cover it all.

I'll be bringing my Flip Cam, so be sure to look out for some video from the ice and inside the dressing rooms. This blog will be populated at various times Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before the red-eye brings me back home to New Jersey, or rather, back to reality.

NHL Live will be broadcasting live from the Bellagio on Thursday and Friday and the shows will be chock full of noteworthy guests, including Gretzky himself. A full schedule of who will be on and when will be released Wednesday. E.J. Hradek and Dave Strader will be your hosts.

I'm told E.J. will also be on the ice Thursday and Friday after he finishes his hosting duties, so we will absolutely be sure to give some instant analysis of that. We just hope he doesn't sully the reputations of all of you hard-working house leaguers out there.

If you want to know where the Great One falls in the Crosby-Ovechkin-Stamkos debate, stay tuned. If you want to hear from Chelios about rigors young defensemen have to go through in this League, keep hitting refresh. We'll ask Brian Leetch about the '94 Rangers, why it never worked again for them and if he feels the Hurricanes, Ducks and Blackhawks could be succumbing to a similar fate. We'll talk to Brett Hull about Steven Stamkos' one-timer and John MacLean about his future.

There will be plenty to write and discuss. It all gets under way Wednesday from America's playground.

NHL Live! will be broadcasting from Las Vegas from noon-2 p.m. ET Thursday and Friday. The show is available on NHL Network, NHL.com and Sirius/XM Radio.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl
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