Wayne Gretzky Stops By 12 West Montclair

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12 West's Jerry Rubacky and Wayne Gretzky

12 West’s Jerry Rubacky and Wayne Gretzky

Yesterday, patrons of 12 West Restaurant & Bar in Upper Montclair got to see “The Great One” hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

Gretzky’s wife Janet met 12 West owner Jerry Rubacky many years ago, before he moved out to L.A. to open Tribeca in Beverly Hills. When Wayne was traded to the L.A. Kings, they all became close. When Gretzky broke the NHL all time scoring record, Jerry hosted the party at his Beverly Hills restaurant, the original “Tribeca.”

Gretzky poses with local Jimmy Mirenda.

Gretzky poses with local Jimmy Mirenda.

After Team Canada won the Olympic Gold Medal, they also partied at Jerry’s Park City restaurant, “Lakota”.

Gretzky, who spent Sunday afternoon and evening in Montclair visiting with Rubacky, his friend of 30 years, was gracious to fans, taking pictures and signing autographs for hours as he ate dinner and rooted for the Giants at 12 West.

Bob Severance and  Jack Severance, a junior hockey payer - holding a "Team Canada" jersey.

Gretzky with Bob Severance and Jack Severance, a junior hockey player – holding a “Team Canada” jersey.


  1. POSTED BY idratherbeat63  |  November 25, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    The Team Canada jersey is really pushing it.

    Still, I swoon.

  2. POSTED BY rude buddha  |  November 26, 2013 @ 2:32 pm


    Ah, just hope he comes back for another visit.

  3. POSTED BY deadeye  |  November 27, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    That’s great!

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