Report: Hockey icons Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier each dealing with the law on separate issues

Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky (The Province)

Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are forever linked together as the greatest one-two punch hockey has ever known. The two brought the Edmonton Oilers four Stanley Cups in five years.

Today, they are both back in the headlines thanks to legal issues and thieves. Mark Messier has filed a lawsuit alleging $500,000 in losses and Wayne Gretzky’s father, Walter had the same amount stolen in memorabilia from his home.

Mark Messier files a lawsuit against Alberta Cannabis company

New York Rangers legend and NHL icon Mark Messier has filed a lawsuit versus Destiny Bioscience. An Alberta based cannabis company led by CEO Ed Moroz.

The lawsuit claims that Destiny Bioscience used Mark Messier’s celebrity status to raise $30 million in funding.

According to investigative reporter Rick Westhead of TSN, Messier agreed to be a “good will” ambassador for the company. While other investors were taking their chances, Messier claims he was given a guarantee. He was told he wouldn’t lose money and invested 400,000 shares of Destiny at $1.25 a share.

“Destiny was not a sure thing,” Messier now admits. “Quite the opposite. It was a worthless company propped up by nothing more than Moroz’s grandiose promises.” As of this report, these claims have yet to be proven in court and statement of defense has yet to be filed by Moroz.

Read Rick Westhead’s Full Report starting here:

Two Arrested in over $500K in Wayne Gretzky Memorabilia

Wayne Gretzky stolen memorabilia
Wayne Gretzky stolen memorabilia (Brantford Police)

Two people were arrested in connection with selling stolen items from Wayne Gretzky’s dad Walter. The Brantford Police in a joint investigation with the Ontario Provincial Province and Royal Canadian Mounted Police apprehended the individual involved in the theft.

The investigation found the stolen items sold across Canada. After three months they were able to track the stolen property down and return it to Walter Gretzky and the Gretzky family.

During the course of the search warrants, police successfully recovered various items of Wayne Gretzky sports memorabilia including multiple game used sticks, hockey gloves, pants, jerseys and a Player-of-the-Year award. The estimated value of the recovered property is believed to be valued in excess of $500,000 USD.Additionally, during the course of the investigation, police uncovered evidence of a second individual, unrelated to the initial investigation, believed to have committed a fraud involving Gretzky memorabilia (hockey stick).

Brantford Police

Police arrested a 58 year-old male and a 58 year-old female for theft and breach of trust. Glen Gretzky in a statement said; “Sad day. Our whole lives were about giving back and helping others. For something like this to allegedly happen, it’s a little disheartening right now.”

Note: All are presumed innocent until proven guilty

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