Wayne Gretzky will be lending his voice to an upcoming episode of “The Simpsons”, with the long-running animated comedy’s showrunner confirming “The Great One” has already recorded his dialogue for an episode set to air in December.
In an interview with NHL.com, “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean explained that Gretzky is the latest in a long line of world-famous athletes to lend their voices to the show.
“People argue about a lot of things, but they never argue about who’s the greatest hockey player. It’s always him,” Jean said of Gretzky, who recorded his dialogue this summer. “I don’t think there is anybody better at anything that Gretzky is as a hockey player. He had a lot of great stories and it was a real pleasure to meet him.”
“We just did a list [of athletes on the show)],” added Jean. “[Gretzky is] one of my favourites. I would say the only one that rivals him in terms of success in their sport is the Williams sisters [Serena and Venus] in tennis, and Magic Johnson in the NBA.”
According to Jean, Gretzky will appear in the Dec. 11 episode, and he explains how the NHL legend wound up appearing on the show. “We reached out to him,” said Jean. “We were looking for heroes of the winter like Santa Claus and Jack Frost, and there couldn’t be a bigger hockey hero than Wayne Gretzky.”
Gretzky’s former team shared a “Simpson”-ized pic of the hockey icon on Twitter:
“The Simpson” airs Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.