The Great One may have been the best player with the Flames' greatest rival but the passing of Phyllis Gretzky sent a pall over the Calgary dressing room last night.
Head coach Darryl Sutter experienced similar grief recently with the death of his own father.
"It's pretty near to me, too," said Sutter. "It's the same thing we went through last February. I'm glad he was able to be there."
Sutter's father father, Louis, died nearly a year ago.
Phyllis Gretzky died last night at 64.
The Flames heard the news shortly after losing to the Oilers, which added sadness to an already disappointing night.
"I'm very sorry to hear that," said captain Jarome Iginla. "All of our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."
Daymond Langkow grew up in Edmonton idolizing No. 99 and the Oilers, which added to his sadness.
"That's a tough thing. I'm very sorry for his loss," Langkow said. "I'm sure everybody in the hockey world is going to be mourning the death of his mom."
And you didn't have to be Canadian to feel the sadness, as shown by Jordan Leopold.
"I'd like to pass on condolences to the family, friends and everybody," Leopold said.
"It's sad when anybody passes away but I'm sure they have a lot of support around the family."
You are invited to sign Phyllis Gretzky's Book of Condolence at ObituariesToday.com