RALEIGH, NC (February 15, 2001) – Jim Cain, President and Chief Operating Officer for the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the Hurricanes will honor Wayne Gretzky during a special ceremony after the conclusion of the first period of Friday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. During the ceremony, the team will unveil a banner honoring Gretzky, the only player in NHL history to have his number retired throughout the league. Gretzky will be in attendance at the game and will be a part of the festivities. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Gretzky retired following the 1998-99 season, completing 20 dominant seasons in the NHL. At the time of his retirement, he owned 61 NHL scoring records including career records in goals (894), assists (1,963), and points (2,857), and single-season records in goals (92 in 1981-82), assists (163 in 1985-86) and points (215 in 1985-86). During his career he won 10 Art Ross Trophies as the league’s top scorer, nine Hart Trophies as the Most Valuable Player, and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP. Gretzky raised the Stanley Cup four times as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. Gretzky was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.