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Oilers hold moment of silence for Walter Gretzky, 'Canada's Hockey Dad'

Father of Wayne Gretzky remembered as kind, humble man who was willing to share time with anyone

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Oilers honor Walter Gretzky

The Edmonton Oilers pay tribute to Walter Gretzky

The Edmonton Oilers payed tribute to Walter Gretzky, then honored him with a moment of silence after hearing of his passing yesterday

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The Edmonton Oilers put together a heartwarming tribute to Walter Gretzky, who died on Thursday at age 82.

The father of Wayne Gretzky, affectionately known as "Canada's Hockey Dad," Walter Gretzky was remembered as a kind, humble and generous man by the Oilers, who Wayne Gretzky led to four Stanley Cups in nine seasons.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: "Walter embodied all that is good in the game of hockey." With a touching pre-game tribute, we honour Canada's Hockey Dad. RIP, Walter. All our love to the Gretzky family. 🧡💙 pic.twitter.com/k7hnBSIZip

The team also wore special decals on their helmets.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Walter in our hearts & on our helmets tonight. #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/Iadg2Jq6to

The Oilers certainly were not the only organization to honor Walter Gretzky. The Toronto Maple Leafs, playing in Vancouver, spelled out his name in pucks.

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: 💙 pic.twitter.com/9NGOLq4krc

The Canucks also held a moment of silence and brief tribute before the game.

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