Wayne Gretzky – the name is music to the ears of every ice hockey fan and stands for the interpretation of this sport on highest level. The Canadian superstar is the last member, who joins the official circle of ambassadors of the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
"This is fantastic", enthuses Franz Reindl, who had the honour of playing against "The Great One" several times during his career and added: "With Erich Kühnhackl, Germany's ice hockey player of the century, Vladislav Tretjak, considered to be the greatest goalie of all times and now Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey couldn't be represented more prominent in our squad of ambassadors. This was our objective and emphasizes the significance of our World Championship also on international level."Gretzky, 49 years of age today, whose famous Number 99 has never been given out again in the NHL, has won almost everything a player could win during his career, except for the Olympics and IIHF World Championships. He is practically leading all statistics of importance in the NHL. Among others he scored 894 goals, delivered1,963 assists and thus achieved 2,857 scorer points.