Wayne Gretzky is about to go where no hockey player has ever ventured before..
Canada’s most iconic athlete is joining the long list of legendary sports stars to lend their voice (and likeness) to ‘The Simpsons’. The Great One will guest stars on the December 11th episode. And to tease both hockey AND ‘Simpsons’ fans, here’s a sneak peek of Gretzky’s image on the show (notice the four fingers, a constant with any ‘Simpsons’ character)..
Producer Joel Cohen says the experience of having Gretzky in studio (Wayne voiced his parts this past summer) was one he won’t soon forget.
“I’m a Calgary native and consequent Oiler-hater,” he says, “so 99 and I had a lot to talk about, and even more to trash talk about – Semenko, Fuhr, Steve Smith bouncing the puck off Fuhr. Through it all, he was as classy and generous as you hope an icon can be. It was almost enough for me to forgive him for repeatedly demolishing my Flames’ playoff hopes. Not quite, but almost.”
This, by the way, isn’t the first time that Gretzky has gone the animation route. Remember ‘Pro Stars’, the NBC show that briefly aired in the fall of 1991 as part of the network’s Saturday morning cartoon lineup? If not, here’s a refresher…