For hockey fans, the real royalty was at the MTS Centre this afternoon.
Wayne Gretzky, arguably the greatest hockey player who ever lived, enthralled more than 1,000 lunch go-ers with stories about his glory days with the Edmonton Oilers, how he almost became a Winnipeg Jet in 1978, how he thinks young hockey players shouldn't play 12 months a year and his hopes for today's NHL.
"You can never have enough teams in Canada. It's our life. No other country appreciates it as much as we do. Hopefully we'll get a team in Quebec City. That would be wonderful," he said.
Gretzky's event was put on by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and TD Bank.