ST. LOUIS — Until last season, Luc Robitaille played in Hull, Canada, for a junior team that is owned by a young entrepreneur named Wayne Gretzky.
Tonight, the Kings' 21-year-old left winger will start alongside his idol and former boss in the National Hockey League All-Star game.
"That's going to be a thrill," Robitaille said. "Gretzky was my favorite player. I used to watch him on TV whenever I could. I'd see him and say, 'Wow, this guy's great.' Gretzky is very special to me.
"For sure, I'll be nervous."
And what does The Great One remember about Robitaille, who played at Hull for three seasons?
"He was a tremendous player, as simple as that," Gretzky said. "The first time I saw him play, I said, 'This guy is going to play in the NHL.' But everybody said, 'We're not sure about his skating and his size.' "