Wayne Gretzky scored 894 goals, 2857 points, won four Stanley Cups and is arguably the greatest hockey player to ever lace up a pair of skates. As such, one would expect ‘The Great One’ to have transcended the sport enough to have his name spelled properly during a jersey presentation. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case Wednesday, as Barclays Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur made an error when presenting a jersey to Gretzky before their Capital One Cup matchup against Arsenal. Making the error worse is that Tottenham took to Twitter to post the photo of Gretzky being presented the jersey by former Spurs captain Ledley King and tagged Gretzky’s official Twitter account — which contains the proper spelling of his name. Whoops.
Spurs’ official Twitter account deleted the Tweet shortly after it was posted, but it was captured by a number of other outlets, so there’s no getting away from the error. Of course, this stuff happens. Gretzky’s surname isn’t exactly Smith or Jones. And in true ‘Great One’ fashion, Gretzky took the mistake in stride when Spurs told him a new shirt was on its way.
The misspelling may have been a bad omen for Spurs as they lost the North London derby 2-1 to Arsenal, one of the club’s most hated rivals.