Wayne Gretzky was announced as the NHL's official ambassador for its Centennial Celebration in 2017, in Toronto on Tuesday.
"The Great One" will aid in the League's year-long celebration of the history of the NHL and sport of hockey. The celebration begins January 1, in Toronto with the NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game between Detroit and the Maple Leafs at BMO Field.
"A century of great players, great plays and great moments deserves a year-long celebration, and we invite everyone to join our party in 2017," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
"We are delighted that Wayne Gretzky - whose spectacular contributions on the ice matched his immeasurable graciousness and popularity off the ice - will serve as our Centennial's official ambassador as we honour all the drama, suspense, excitement and memories that have thrilled the best fans in sport for generations."
Bettman and Gretzky fielded questions from the media about the sport, their memories and the celebrations ahead. 2017 will be filled with hockey celebrations, including outdoor games, multiple documentaries - including the history of the Stanley Cup - and a truck tour visit to every NHL city and event.
"Everything I have in my life is because of the National Hockey League," said Gretzky.
Gretzky is the NHL's all-time leading scorer with 2,857 points.