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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

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Wayne Gretzky, The Great One, flew to Edmonton to participate in the official opening of Rogers Place.

The Oilers great offered his thoughts on the new arena, including how old arenas need to retire to make room for better things.

"Times change," Gretzky said. "It's like parenting. My parents parented differently than I parent. Times change and you've got to change with the times or get left behind. The City, (owner) Daryl (Katz) and the organization kind of got in front of the game here. I think people are going to love this building. It's special."

Rogers Place will usher in a new era of sports and entertainment for the City of Edmonton and Ice District will be the next step in revitalizing downtown.

"Obviously, it's pretty unique, pretty special," Gretzky said. "We live in a different era now. When I grew up, a lot of people understood and remembered Maple Leaf Gardens and Montreal Forum and Chicago Stadium. You hate to see those buildings go, and Northlands Coliseum was a special place, but it's a new era. You have to change with the times and this arena is truly fascinating in every aspect. I got an opportunity to walk through the entire building and from the locker rooms to the seats to the boxes to the ice itself it's pretty special. I hope they can build their own identity - this group - with this arena, and build some history here."

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