October 2, 2013

Gretzky statues vandalized in Ontario hometown

As police investigate, crews began cleaning off the spray paint on the new statues in Brantford

The Associated Press

BRANTFORD, Ontario – Two new statues of hockey great Wayne Gretzky have been vandalized in his hometown.

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This is a Feb. 10, 2010 file photo showing hockey great Wayne Gretzky during an event at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Two new statues of Gretzky have been vandalized in his hometown. Police in Brantford, Ontario, say they are studying a videotape sent to them of Monday’s, Sept. 30, 2013, overnight vandalism, which involved defacing the statues with spray paint.

The Associated Press

Police in Brantford, Ontario, say they are studying a video sent to them of Monday’s overnight vandalism, which involved defacing the statues with spray paint.

Police say there have been no arrests. The statues were publicly unveiled Sunday outside the newly renovated Wayne Gretzky Sports Center. Crews were at the scene Tuesday, cleaning off the spray paint.

The statues depict Gretzky holding the Stanley Cup over his head in victory and his parents at his side in his youth.

Brantford Mayor Chris Friel calls the vandalism “disgraceful” and a “crime against the community.”

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