Two Red Deer hockey fans caught The Great One’s attention on Thursday.
In fact, they caught most people’s attention at the RDC Kings and Queens Scholarship Breakfast at Westerner Park.
Edmonton Oiler super fans Jay Watson and Darcy Brown were dressed from helmet to hockey skate in retro orange and blue Oiler uniforms.
They came to hear Wayne Gretzky speak but they got much more than they ever imagined.
“We were actually on our way out and the security guard called us over from the side door (of the meet and greet),” said Brown, 45. “He says, ‘The Great One wants to take a picture with you.’ ”
Brown said they were floored and couldn’t believe their luck.
Sure enough, hockey royalty wanted a picture.
“He was very classy,” said Brown. “He signed our jerseys and sticks. He critiqued us on our uniforms. It was great.”
Watson, 35, wanted to know the colour of the pants that the players wore in 1987 Canada Cup. Watson said depending on how you looked in some photos, the pants looked black with white stripes and in others they seem navy with white stripes.
“I just wanted to make sure so I can finish my other outfit and I have everything right,” said Watson. “Now I have advice from The Great One to finish the set.”