Wayne Gretzky’s stint in Phoenix ended in disgrace last week, and most thought he would spend some time away from the National Hockey League following his unceremonious departure. But Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi hopes he can bring Gretzky back to the place where he left his biggest stamp. Lombardi told Toronto radio station the FAN 590 on Tuesday that he would like the Great One to come back to the Kings in an advisory capacity. While nothing has been finalized, Lombardi joked that Gretzky could be the team’s “minister of character.” L.A.’s young squad will have star veteran leadership for the first time in years this season in Ryan Smyth.
Actually, what he said was “minister of culture and identity.”