It looks like 989's hockey franchise is shaping up as "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky, will be the cover athlete and spokesperson for an all-new hockey franchise from the 989 Sports. Gretzky NHL 2005 will be available in stores this fall for the PlayStation 2. Gretzky has signed a three-year contract to serve as the official spokesman for Gretzky NHL 2005 and will be involved with every aspect of the game from consulting with new developer Page 44 Studios, to product development and gameplay.

"This is a special opportunity for 989 Sports to partner with the greatest player in the history of hockey," said Jack Tretton, executive vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "The Gretzky name is synonymous with greatness, respect, class and an undying passion for the game, and we are truly honored to be working with him. Gretzky is a legend and with all of his accomplishments, it seems only fitting that The Great One would have his own signature franchise with 989 Sports."

The game is set for a fall 2004 release.

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