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Wayne Gretzky won't play with alumni

Updated: November 25, 2011, 1:59 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

Wayne Gretzky made it official Friday in a text exchange with ESPN.com: He will not be playing in the Winter Classic alumni game.

"The Great One" was touched by the way in which the New York Rangers, in particular general manager Glen Sather, reached out to him recently. But, in the end, Gretzky politely declined to participate.

ESPN.com reported recently that Gretzky already had holiday plans with his family. The alumni game will be played Dec. 31 in Philadelphia.

Gretzky told ...

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