NHL: Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre Statues Vandalized

Two new statues of NHL legend and Brantford, ON native Wayne Gretzky were vandalized.

Oct 2 2013, 8:51pm CDT | by

NHL: Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre Statues Vandalized
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Two new statues of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky in Brantford, ON, Canada were vandalized.

The incident occurred just a day after thousands in the local community honored Gretzky and his family with the unveiling of the statues in front of the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, per the Brantford Expositor.  

When staff members reported for work on Tuesday morning, they noticed blue spray paint on the statues -- one with him hoisting the Stanley Cup trophy and the other with him as a child together with his parents Walter and Phyllis. 

Brantford Mayor Chris Friel said,"This is disgraceful. This is a crime against the community." 

Local police are now examining surveillance video of the vandalism, per the Canadian Press. 

No arrests have been made so far. Cleaning crews were on the scene on Tuesday in an attempt to restore the statues to their former state. 

Friel urged concerned citizens to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to authorities.

He also added the statues will still be accessible to the public in spite of what happened.

The Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre held its grand opening on Sept. 30. Its renovation cost an estimated $64 million.

During the ceremony, Gretzy said the statue with his parents resembles family. 

"One of the things the city and my family always tried to preach is that parents are a part of kids' culture and a part of their sports careers.

"I think this statue resembles that in a sense. It's not just Wayne Gretzky -- it's a family portrait and a family statue. I think, to a lot of people, that's more important than just a statue of Wayne Gretzky."

Gretzky's illustrious NHL career spanned 20 seasons from 1979-1999. He played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers.  

He was an 18-time NHL All-Star who inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999. 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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