The Great One is digging in for a great cause.
Wayne Gretzky will trade his hockey stick for a shovel Thursday, planting one of 28,000 trees across the nation as part of TD Tree Day.
“He will always be a name,” organizer Laura Ariabosse-Stewart said of Gretzky’s appearance in Vancouver.
The now-retired superstar — arguably the greatest player to lace on skates — will do his planting at in Stanley Park through his role as a TD brand ambassador.
“It’s a natural move to have him involved in things that the company is doing,” said Ariabosse-Stewart. “This is our second year, and we really want this to keep going, so it’s good to have some pull like that.”
The Brockton Oval gathering will also give registered volunteers a chance to get up close and personal with the hockey legend.
Gretzky is expected to make a speech at about 9:25 a.m., with the tree-planting to follow.