Wayne Gretzky mulled a return to the ice - and then thought better of it.
Gretzky texted ESPN.com and detailed that he would not be participating in the Winter Classic Alumni Game.
The Hall of Famer was placed with the way New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather reached out to him, but told ESPN.com that he intended to keep his holiday plans with his family.
The alumni game will be played on Dec. 31 in Philadelphia.
Gretzky, 50, admitted that he spoke with Sather earlier in the week and had a "nice conversation."
"The Great One" held 40 regular-season NHL records, 15 postseason records and six All-Star records upon his retirement in 1999. In addition, his jersey No. 99 is retired by all 30 NHL teams.
If he had suited up, he would have faced former Philadelphia Flyers star Eric Lindros and fellow Legion of Doom linemates John LeClair and Mikael Renberg at Citizens Bank Park on Dec. 31.
A Hart Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Trophy winner with the Flyers, Lindros eventually ...