Jon Hamm sits with NHL legend Wayne Gretzky.

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Jon Hamm Explains To 'The Great One' Why He's A Die-Hard Blues Fan

Hamm recalled going to Blues games with his dad in the smoke-filled barn that was the St. Louis Arena.

May 31, 2018 - 6:20 pm

This week, the National Hockey League debuted "The Great One on One," a multiplatform video series featuring NHL legend Wayne Gretzky having conversations with a number of Hollywood stars and notable hockey fans.

One of his first guests was St. Louis-native and actor Jon Hamm. 

Gretzky, who played in St. Louis for part of the 1995-96 season, is married to St. Louis-native Janet Jones and had a big compliment for St. Louis as a hockey town during his conversation with Hamm.

Hamm, who proves himself as a very knowledgable Blues fan, seemed to very much enjoy their hockey-related chat.

"I'm a kid from St. Louis, if you would have told me when I was a 10-year-old kid going to hockey games in St. Louis, that I would be sitting right here, right now, talking to you about this. I would have told you to get lost," Hamm says. 

Here's a recap of a few of the topics they covered: 

- Hamm waited tables for former Blues players when he worked as a waiter/bartender at a Greek restaurant in St. Louis. He explained to Gretzky that players like Brett Hull, Kelly Chase and Brendan Shanahan often showed up to have drinks.

- Hamm recalls going to Blues games with his dad in the smoke-filled barn that was the St. Louis Arena. He talked about the incredible noise level inside the building and explained to Gretzky that they called it a "barn" because the facility was originally built as a distribution center for cattle. 

- Both Gretzky and Hamm agreed, Brett Hull was THE player responsible for making St. Louis the hockey town that it is today. He Hall of Fame career inspired a generation of fans and may have even inspired some future NHL pros from St. Louis.

- Hamm explained his habitual dress code for hockey games: "When I'm going to a Blues game, I will wear Blues gear. But if I'm going to a game and the Blues aren't playing I will wear generic NHL gear because I don't want to rep anybody but my team."

- Gretzky says the 2017 Winter Classic in St. Louis was "from every angle, I thought that might have been the greatest Winter Classic that I was part of."

- The two also believe it's only matter of time before St. Louis goes back to a Stanley Cup Final (haven't been since 1970). And when it happens, Hamm promises to be there "full throat."