Hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky put Edmonton on the map by leading the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup victories. On Friday the city of Edmonton said a big thank you to the Great One.

Thousands of people gathered outside Edmonton's city hall to listen to politicians wax poetic about all Wayne has given to the city. Gretzky talked about his favourite memories from his days as an Oiler.

The Great One was showered with gifts including a book of memories signed by tens of thousands of Edmontonians.

The Mayor announced that every October 1st would be Wayne Gretzky day and Capilano Drive was renamed Wayne Gretzky Drive.

Tonight the ceremonies will continue at the opening game of the NHL season as the Edmonton Oilers face off against the New York Rangers.

Gretzky's jersey bearing his famous number 99 will be retired at Skyreach Centre.

The event has been sold out for weeks but tickets are still available in newspapers and on the Internet.

The asking price in some cases? $4,000 apiece.