Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/25/05 at 03:08 PM ET
More than a month into his first season as an N.H.L. coach, Wayne Gretzky said, he is asked most often whether he has the urge to jump over the boards. Gretzky, the greatest offensive player in the history of the game, is coaching one of the league's most offensively challenged teams, the Phoenix Coyotes. "I've really enjoyed each and very day on the bench," Gretzky said recently. "I've enjoyed the practices and the players." Steve Ellman, the team's principal owner, spoke about Gretzky's influence with the team beyond coaching. "Wayne's been magical for our franchise," he said.continued
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