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Gretzky to receive Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 20

Former Blue will be honored at The Musial Awards at Stifel Theatre

by Andrew Pek / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - The Great One will be returning to St. Louis once again this fall to receive the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award alongside his wife, Janet, at this year's Musial Awards at Stifel Theatre on Nov. 20.

While Wayne Gretzky played just 18 games wearing the Blue Note during the 1995-96 season, his impact can never be understated. Gretzky's character throughout his playing career was honored by winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded to the League's best sportsman, an NHL-record five times. Gretzky held over 60 NHL records at the time of his retirement, including most goals and most points all-time, both by staggering margins. Those still stand today.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was named in honor of St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial and celebrates sportsmanship and class among quintessential athletes in their playing careers and in retirement. Previous winners include Hank Aaron, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Cal Ripken Jr.

Tweet from @MusialAwards: We are thrilled to announce @WayneGretzky and Janet Gretzky will receive the 2021 Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship. #MusialAwards https://t.co/balOA11rPR pic.twitter.com/r2zqWIAllM

Janet, a St. Louis native, will be receiving this award alongside her husband. Through her own acting career, Janet made an impact with charity work supporting a multitude of causes, many relating to cancer research and awareness. The Gretzkys share fond memories of St. Louis and understand the significance behind the award.

"Knowing how beloved Stan was and the way he carried himself on and off the field, it is tremendously humbling to receive an award named for him," Wayne told KMOX 1120. "It also means a lot to me that Janet and I are being honored together because I'm so proud of the work she has done and the generosity she has shown to important causes. I hope this recognition inspires more families to get involved with charitable efforts and encourages us all to be good sports in every aspect of life."

The Musial Awards will take place on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Stifel Theatre, and will also be broadcast on CBS at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. Purchase tickets at stifeltheatre.com.

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