Wayne Gretzky was almost a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Great One a Maple Leaf?

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There's no questioning the fact that Wayne Gretzky is one of the most revered figures in the history of professional hockey, and for good reason, but fans in Toronto have often had a more contentious view of "The Great One" due to a certain high-sticking incident.

What many modern fans probably don't know however is how, a few years following that high-sticking incident, Wayne Gretzky almost became a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs himself. 

In a recent video piece for Sportsnet, National Hockey League reporter Scott Wilson shared some details regarding how Gretzky twice almost joined the Maple Leafs organization, once as a player and once as the team's President. 

It makes for a rather interesting case of what if? And you can learn all about in the video below courtesy of Sportsnet.