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Gretsky confirms his move

Ice hockey

Wayne Gretzky, the most prolific player in the history of the National Hockey League and nine times its Most Valuable Player, has confirmed that he is to join St Louis Blues from Los Angeles Kings.

"I'm obviously pretty excited," the 35-year-old Canadian said. "I'm emotionally drained and disappointed to leave LA, but I'm excited to play in St Louis.

"The Kings have always been first class to me, but the Blues wanted me, they're excited to get me and I'm thrilled to go there. I hope it works out for the Kings and for myself. Time will tell, but it was a hard decision to make. It has been gut-wrenching for about a month and this was the icing on the cake."