Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky backed Stephen Harper at a campaign stop in Toronto on Friday evening, calling him "an unreal prime minister" during a question-and-answer session with the Conservative leader.
"You've been wonderful to the whole country," Gretzky said, a comment that earned a standing ovation from Conservative supporters.
- Wayne Gretzky endorses Harper despite not being allowed to vote
- Actress Pamela Anderson says she wouldn't vote for Harper
"I know you have the country's best interest at heart."
But the star endorsement didn't pan out as well on social media, where users were divided on the assist served up by The Great One.
Many took the time to comment on Gretzky's Facebook fan page, criticizing him for his support. Though his event with Harper took place on Friday, Gretzky continues to be a trending search online.
Wayne Gretzky shot so wide on this one, he's not even in the arena. #cdnpoli— @LaurieGrassi
Hey Wayne Gretzky, Canada already has 99 problems. Close your mouth, dear. #cdnpoli— @thirdbeat
This user brought up Gretzky's memorable appearance at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, when he rode in the back of a pickup truck to light the cauldron.
There were more than a few obligatory hockey jokes.
@22_Minutes NHL looking into protective qualities of antique hockey helmets after Gretzky endorses the PM.— @Prentice8R
Some loved the endorsement...
So Donald Sutherland supports Mulcair, & the Canadian legend, Gretzky supports PM Harper. As far as Expats go, Gretzky wins again.— @ItsGodzirra
... and seized the opportunity to jab at other parties.
Wayne Gretzky holds almost every record in hockey. The only record @ThomasMulcair holds is the number of times one has taken out a mortgage.— @tennantb
Others used the opportunity to jab at Gretzky's inability to vote...
Gretzky is a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen, but has lived in the United States for years. He won't be able to vote under rules preventing Canuck expats from taking part in the election if they have been away for more than five years.
"Stephen Harper has done a great job," says Wayne Gretzky from his home in California.— @JamesTanguay
...and a few mulled if it meant a foray into politics.
Knowing Harper's MO with Canadian celebrities how long before Wayne Gretzky can expect a Senate appointment? #cdnpoli— @mikeradan
It's been a week full of Canadian celebrity endorsements for our federal leaders.
Canadian actor Donald Sutherland revealed his support for NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, while the entertainment icon was on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sutherland called on Canadians to "change the government." He has been critical of the residency limits set by the voting laws.
I want a debate between Donald Sutherland and Wayne Gretzky. — @stevenkoriginal
Canadian-born actress Pamela Anderson came out against Harper during an event in Vancouver, bashing the Conservatives record on climate change. Neither Anderson or Sutherland can vote because they have lived out of the country for more than five years.
Wayne Gretzky supports Harper, Pamela Anderson doesn't. It's a Scylla and Charybdis moment for the Canadian electorate.— @DWHauthor
And for one user, all these endorsements mean nothing at all.
Gretzky endorses Harper. Yawn. Let me know who Bobby Orr endorses. #elxn42— @AlexManitoba