EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and Oilers Entertainment Group released the following statements on the passing of Walter Gretzky on Thursday at age 82.
"On behalf of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, I extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Gretzky family on the passing of Walter Gretzky. The fabric of our franchise has been woven by some of the most influential players, coaches and executives the game has known, and included in that too are the loved ones that make our team a family. From his development and constant influence on one of the greatest players our game has known, to the tremendous impact he had on Canada's Olympic gold-medal-winning team in 2002, Walter was truly everyone's hockey dad. He will be missed by all of us, but the memories created by his tremendous character and passion for our game will remain with us forever."
Video: Remembering Walter Gretzky
Chairman, Edmonton Oilers
"On behalf of Wayne's former teammates and the entire Edmonton Oilers alumni, we are tremendously saddened to learn of the passing of Walter Gretzky. Each of us who had the pleasure of spending time with Walter were undoubtedly affected by his positive approach to life, family and hockey. As each of us grow older, the passing of those dear to us, whether they be teammates, siblings, coaches or parents, reminds us to live our lives in a way that honours their legacy while holding them in our hearts when they are no longer with us."
Edmonton Oilers Alumni