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By Mike Meyer

Edmonton Oilers Writer

Dallas Stars Writer

St. Louis Blues Writer


Edmonton Oilers General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, seems determined to get the band back together. This time though, in Edmonton. Chiarelli has already added ex-Bruin power forward Milian Lucic to his plans, and today has introduced Keith Gretzky as the new Assistant General Manager in Edmonton. Keith, the brother of “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky, joined the Coyotes as a scout in 2001 and was promoted to Director of Amateur Scouting in 2006. It would not be until 2013 that he would join the Bruins under the same title.


Keith was selected 56th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He would go on to rack up 335 points in 298 OHL games.


Though he never managed to make it to the NHL, Gretzky would suit up in the AHL for the Rochester Americans, playing 66 games and scoring 11 goals and 48 points. Keith has certainly made a name for himself as he coached in the WHL and WCHL from 1993-2000 and has been scouting since 2001.


With experience and an eye certainly for talent, this younger Gretzky may be able to leave his mark in Edmonton in a way that his brother Wayne never has before.


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