Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/3/13

Wayne Gretzky may be the greatest hockey player to ever skate on ice, but that didn’t mean his legendary career was too busy to sneak in some side work. During the offseason in 1988, Gretzky had been house-sitting for longtime friend and famous Canadian Alan Thicke. Thicke, who is most notable for his career as an actor, game show host and songwriter, was in Norway  while Gretzky watched over the house with Thicke’s youngest son, Robin, who is now a famous R&B singer. Thicke picked up the Oslo newspaper in the morning, and saw Gretzky’s face adorning the cover. Since he could not understand the text, Thicke called home to learn of the news. He later found out that Gretzky had been traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles, and that Gretzky had left the house to join his new team. Thicke had to find a replacement nanny for the house and Robin immediately.  So while Thicke was tasked with replacing Gretzky to find a new babysitter, Edmonton had to find a way to replace the world’s greatest hockey player. Photo via Facebook/Gretzkydotcom Photo of the Night: More famous Canadian people hanging out together. What a Beauty!!!!!! http://t.co/YTJJAWNI5G— Dave Bolland (@DaveBolland) August 02, 2013 Tweet of the Night: Your pledge of what? Oops. Getting a CFB tattoo? Get it spell checked: #RollTide #allegence #SEC http://t.co/DRiGfLqx4Z— The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) August 02, 2013 Video of the Night: Easy Matt, that’s his pitching hand you have in a vice grip there. Your browser does not support iframes. Filed under: College Football, MLB, NESN Staff, NHL, Sylvania Spotlight, Top Stories, Video Non-NESN

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