Wayne Gretzky finally gets his Order of Canada

It's a great honour for the Great One. Wayne Gretzky paid a visit to Ottawa Wednesday, to receive his Order of Canada insignia.

The ceremony at Rideau Hall was a long time coming.

Canada's favourite hockey star was appointed to the Order in 1984, but was never officially invested. He wasn't able to attend any of the ceremonies because they are usually held during the hockey season.

Governor General Romeo LeBlanc presented Number 99 with his insignia during a brief ceremony at Rideau Hall. Gretzky was honoured for "his outstanding contribution to the sport of hockey." He was accompanied by his parents, Walter and Phyllis Gretzky.

Gretzky was in Ottawa with his New York Rangers teammates to play the Senators on Thursday night.

Gretzky has played for four Stanley Cup winners, three Canada Cup winning teams and will be a member of Canada's hockey entry at the Olympic Games in two weeks.

He holds almost every offensive record in the NHL.