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Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky to appear on ‘The Simpsons’

19 November 2016 Entertainment News

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky , the leading scorer in NHL history, will appear on the Dec. 11 episode of "The Simpsons."

Gretzky will play Homer Simpson's boss Mr. Burns, who would say, "Excellent."

"We reached out to him," said Al Jean, who has been an executive producer of the show since 1998.

"We were looking for heroes of the winter like Santa Claus and Jack Frost, and there couldn't be a bigger hockey hero than Wayne Gretzky ,” he added.

Gretzky will be the first hockey player to lend his voice on the show. Gordie Howe's likeness was used in the Season 3 episode "Bart the Lover," which aired Feb. 13, 1992.

Gretzky , the NHL leader in goals (894) assists (1,963) and points (2,857), played for 21 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers from 1979-99.

"People argue about a lot of things, but they never argue about who's the greatest hockey player. It's always him," Jean said of Gretzky , who recorded his part this summer.

"The Simpsons," the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program (more than 600 episodes) is in its 28th season.

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