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Wayne Gretzky | Center

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Age / DOB:  (53) / 1/26/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
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The New York Post says Wayne Gretzky has joined a group of investors aiming to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle, the paper reported on Friday evening.
Gretzky declined comment on the story and the NHL did not return phone calls, but if true this would mark the second time The Great One has made a bid to own a franchise since 2011. Gretzky's party is one of several groups interested in bringing hockey to Seattle, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reiterated last month that expansion is not a priority for the league. A new stadium is also required for a move, and though billionaire Chris Hansen has expressed interest in financing an arena, he wants an NBA franchise promised to the city first. Jul 4 - 8:56 PM

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There are rumors circulating that former NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky will join the Washington Capitals as club president.

Respected columnist John Feinstein thinks it would be a boon for the Caps, writing: "He was general manager and then coach in Phoenix. Did he have success? No. But the Coyotes were a financial mess, eventually filing for bankruptcy, and that had nothing to do with any of Gretzky’s moves. In fact, in his first season as coach, the team improved markedly. He just never had the money or the support to build on that improvement. Gretzky also has been involved in running Team Canada during three Olympics (as executive director in 2002 and 2006 and then as a special advisor in 2010) — not exactly a low-pressure job in a country that demands a hockey gold medal or bust in every Olympics. The Canadians won gold in 2002 and 2010 with a quarterfinal loss in between. What’s more, Gretzky has the kind of personality that will make being an out-front guy for a franchise easy for him."
May 24 - 11:08 AM

There is reportedly a "very big chance" that Wayne Gretzky will join Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment as a top executive.

Gretzky joining MLSE is a story that's been floating around as a possibility for a long time, but has never materialized. Obviously, his hiring would be met with a lot of fanfare, but it's not clear how much influence he would have over the hockey decisions within the organization. Gretzky hasn't worked for an NHL team since he left the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 09:46:00 PM

Wayne Gretzky has reportedly talked to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment about the possibility of joining the franchise in an executive capacity.

Those discussions have been suspended, but they might pick up again at some point. Gretzky has been linked to the Maple Leafs before, but he hasn't worked for an NHL team since leaving the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009.
Source: Toronto Sun
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 11:02:00 AM

In addition to Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky is allegedly interested in coaching the Rangers next season.

At least that's what a report out of Toronto would have us believe. As you no doubt know, Messier and Gretzky were teammates for a good part of their respective careeres and they are still very friendly. If this report is accurate, it will be an interesting competition between hockey giants to take over as the Blueshirts' bench boss. Stay tuned.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 09:48:00 AM

Wayne Gretzky has been content to watch the NHL from the outside and is not thinking about a coaching or an executive job in the near future.

"I really haven’t thought about it, partly because I have enough going on in my life," Gretzky told ESPN.com. "I haven’t sat down and said, 'I really want to get back into hockey, let’s move forward.' I haven’t had that feeling. I’ve really enjoyed being on the outside and being a fan of the game. It’s been enjoyable for me to take a step back and just watch like everyone else and enjoy it. Although, unfortunately, none of us are doing that now," said Gretzky. "It’s been enjoyable for me to just be a fan. Some days I really miss it, other days I think, 'Well, I’m glad I don’t have the stress or the pressure of being in it day to day.' But it’s the greatest game in the world. Maybe one day I’ll be back, but as of right now I don’t think about it."
Source: ESPN
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 07:53:00 PM

Wayne Gretzky and Oilers owner Daryl Katz were both in Seattle on Monday, leading to erroneous rumors that Gretzky might rejoin the Oilers' organization.

Gretzky was merely seen at a Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game, so the fact that rumors began to swirl probably speaks to how much Oilers fans would leave to see the Great One rejoin their team in some capacity. Or, given that Katz was reportedly in Seattle to weigh the option of moving the club in light of an arena battle with Edmonton, perhaps it speaks more to a fear that Gretzky might actually involve himself in the departure of the team that famously traded him. It got to the point where Gretzky felt the need to call up the Fan 590 in Toronto to dismiss the rumors. "That's the last time I go to a football game," Gretzky said. "I'm not involved with the NHL, I'm really not. It's just one of those things where I was invited to go to a football game and I said why not. Any official capacity is absolutely zero. I have no stake or claim in any team in the NHL whatsoever." Gretzky also thinks there's "probably zero" chance that the Oilers will move.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 08:24:00 AM

If there's a lockout, Wayne Gretzky doesn't think it'll last as long as the last one.

We lost the 2004-05 season because of a lockout. "I think somehow, some way, both sides will come together and we'll be playing hockey sooner rather than later," Gretzky said. The two sides met on Wednesday and exchanged proposals, but haven't come to an agreement yet. The current CBA is set to expire on Saturday.
Source: CTV News
Wed, Sep 12, 2012 07:59:00 PM

Wayne Gretzky surfaced in the Seattle area the other day, reportedly talking to officials of the West Coast city about what it might take to get an NHL team located there.

Area media — including KJR radio and the Bellevue Reporter — said Gretzky had been in talks with officials from nearby Bellevue, Wash., regarding NHL possibilities. Citing an unnamed source, the Reporter said talks between Bellevue and suitors for an NHL arena have been ongoing. Seattle lost its NBA SuperSonics to Oklahoma City. Various communities in the region have been dallying with the idea of building a new venue to attract the NBA, the NHL or both.
Sun, Jul 29, 2012 10:40:00 AM

Wayne Gretzky has been impressed by the performance of the Los Angeles Kings.

"It's been unreal what they've done and what they've accomplished so far," Wayne Gretzky said. "It's been unreal for the organization and it's been great for hockey in California and L.A. We live in L.A., so we're seeing it first-hand how fans are rallying around the Kings and hoping that they bring home the Stanley Cup. It's been fun to watch. It's been spectacular." Gretzky played for the Los Angeles Kings and led them all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993. However, the team he finished his career with, the New York Rangers, are still in the running. The finals could be between two squads that have strong ties to Gretzky.
Thu, May 24, 2012 10:13:00 AM

Vice President of NHL Central Scouting Bureau, Edward John "EJ" McGuire has passed away at the age of 58.

He has served as the Director of the NHL's Central Scouting Department since 2005, but lost his battle to cancer on Thursday. "The National Hockey League was privileged to benefit from EJ's expertise and enthusiasm, both of which were limitless," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "EJ loved scouting games and loved the internal debates over the strengths and weaknesses of Entry Draft prospects. The way he ran Central Scouting made it vitally important to every one of our Clubs." Rotoworld would also like to extend our deepest condolences to EJ's family and friends for their loss.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, Apr 7, 2011 02:37:00 PM

Wayne Gretzky turned 50 on Wednesday.

Even though he hasn't been in NHL spotlight since stepping down as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes prior to last season, The Great One is never far away from a hockey fan's thoughts. Gretzky is the league's all-time point leader with 2,857 in 1,487 contests. He has more assists than Mark Messier, who is second in terms of points, has points with 1,963. Gretzky also holds impressive records of the most goals (92 in 1981-82), assists (163 in 1985-86) and points (215 in 1985-86) in a single season. Can you imagine having No. 99 on your fantasy squad in any one of those years? Happy Birthday, Wayne and thanks for the memories!
Source: NHL.com
Wed, Jan 26, 2011 12:24:00 PM

Wayne Gretzky predicted Canada would win Olympic gold over the Russians.

What else is the Great One going to say? He's Canadian and grew up against the Soviet Union as Canada's greatest international rival. The Americans will try to show Canada that they shouldn't be overlooked with their round-robin game against Canada Sunday evening.
Sun, Feb 21, 2010 11:22:00 AM

Bankruptcy court judge Redfield T. Baum has approved the NHL's bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes for $140 million.

Wayne Gretzky, who owned a small portion of the team, was the only party not to join in the agreement. However, Gretzky did not formally object to the sale. The NHL is expected to attempt to sell the Coyotes to an owner who will not relocate them in the near future. Phoenix reportedly lost $67 million last season and it remains to be seen if the team can become financially viable.
Source: TSN.ca
Mon, Nov 2, 2009 01:37:00 PM

Phoenix Coyotes' owner Jerry Moyes is reportedly close to selling the team to the NHL.

Judge Redfield T. Baum still has to approve of the deal and former coach Wayne Gretzky, who has a $22.5 million claim in the case, needs to agree to the terms as well. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly hopes the league will be able to sell the organization to an owner that will keep them in the desert. Stay tuned.
Source: Calgary Sun
Tue, Oct 27, 2009 08:09:00 AM

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