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Video- Wayne Gretzky On Joey Moss

EDMONTON, AB - From frozen street hockey games to locker room wrestling matches, Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky reflected on the life and legacy of longtime dressing room attendant Joey Moss.

It was Gretzky who introduced Moss to the hockey club in the early 1980's after he met him when he was dating Joey's sister Vicki. Moss was working at an Edmonton bottle depot at the time and Gretzky asked Head Coach and General Manager Glen Sather if he could work for the team instead and help out around the locker room with the training staff.

Sather said yes and Moss ended up spending the final 35 years of his life with the team, remaining close friends with Gretzky right up until his passing on Monday at the age of 57.

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Morning Line- Wayne Gretzky

“I’m a big believer that the Olympic Games is great for sports, I’m a big believer that the Olympics is great for our game and wonderful for our country. We rally around it, especially at this time of the world where there seems to be so much unrest away from the games, away from sports. Sports seems to bring people together and it brings the country together.

“I admit I don’t understand the business side of it, it’s way over my head. That’s something for the league, the owners and the union to figure out. But after watching the Canadian junior team play and seeing how exciting it was and how emotional it is for the country, Bob and I were talking and we want it. I don’t see any negatives about it other than the travel and the time commitment. I feel bad that these kids may not get the chance that we did.”

-Wayne Gretzky.  Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun has more on the Olympics talk.

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Evening Line- Wayne Gretzky

“Alex definitely is the guy who has a chance. It’s great for the game and it’s a great watch. If he’s close I’ll be the first guy to go there (to see it).

“To break that record you have to be on a good team with good players … so that fits with the ultimate opportunity. He’s got a couple of centremen there (Nick Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov) who find him on the power play where he sets up. He can play the whole two minutes and find open ice like Bossy did and like Brett (Hall) did. He can handle the whole power play because he’s on the point and he’s rarely carrying the puck in or hunting the puck in the corners behind the net.”

-Wayne Gretzky on Alex Ovechkin attempting to breaking his goal scoring record.  Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has more.

Gretzky finished his career with 894 goals, Ovechkin has 636.

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Wayne Gretzky On The Concussion Settlement

from the CP at TSN,

Daniel Carcillo wants Wayne Gretzky to step up and help the players who protected the hockey legend during his career. But Carcillo, one of the plaintiffs in a concussion lawsuit against the NHL, will have to settle for a show of support for the research that has been done on the issue.

Speaking before the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday night, Gretzky didn't answer whether he felt US$22,000 — the agreed-upon amount in the settlement for each player who opts in — is a good number for the players. However, he did give his thoughts on concussions.

"When I played, we didn't know what concussions were," Gretzky said. "My kids ask me all the time, 'Dad, did you ever have a concussion?' I probably did, but we didn't know. Hopefully we've got enough knowledge now that we protect the players of today, hopefully we take care of the players the best (we) can from the past and we move forward."

The $18.9-million settlement, announced Monday, is with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing.

The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court in Minnesota, was by far the largest facing the league. The NHL, as it has for years, did not acknowledge any liability for the players' claims in the proposed settlement and can terminate the deal if all 318 players or their estates don't elect to participate.


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Wayne Gretzky Headed To China

from NHL.com,

Wayne Gretzky is helping to promote the growth of hockey in China ahead of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games, when the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins will play preseason games Sept. 15 (Shenzhen) and 19 (Beijing).

Gretzky was named a global ambassador for the Kunlun Red Star, China's only professional hockey team that plays in the Kontinental Hockey League. He'll help with youth development and training for players aged 8-17 in Beijing and Shenzhen, with the goal of expanding to at least 20 locations in China.

Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leader in goals (894), assists (1,963) and points (2,857), will visit Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai from Sept. 12-18.

"To now have him part of the growth of hockey in China in the buildup to the 2022 Winter Olympics (in Beijing) will promote interest and participation in the sport, especially among young people," Ao Meng, Kunlin's executive director, told China Daily.


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‘The Great One On One’

LAS VEGAS (May 29, 2018)  The National Hockey League (NHL®) today debuted ‘The Great One on One,’ a multiplatform video series featuring NHL legend Wayne Gretzky in conversation with a number of Hollywood stars and notable hockey fans. The League will preview the series during the 2018 Stanley Cup® Final, with the first three episodes featuring Jon Hamm (Mad Men, The Town, Baby Driver), Taylor Kitsch (Waco, Friday Night Lights, ’X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and David Boreanaz (SEAL Team, Bones, Angel)The series will return with more episodes in the fall.

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Wayne Gretzky On ‘The NHL: 100 Years” Documentary

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Wayne Gretzky doesn’t think he would have been as great of a hockey player in the 1950s.

He’s not being humble. More like fearful.

Yes, the greatest goal scorer who ever played the game would no doubt have had an easier time putting the puck past goalies who didn’t wear masks and rarely left their feet to make a save. But that’s assuming he could make it up the ice in one piece.

“The (Gordie) Howes and (Maurice) Richards typically had to fight for themselves,” Gretzky said in a phone interview. “That was the game back then. When you’re 150 pounds, that would have been more difficult for me. I’m always the first guy to sit here and say I came around at the right time. It was a different game.”

The topic of the sport’s so-called good old days has come up because on Thursday the NHL is releasing a feature-length documentary on the rich and storied history of the league.


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Video- Wayne Gretzky Was Close To Signing With The Toronto Maple Leafs

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Scott Morrison breaks down how The Great One, Wayne Gretzky thwarted the Maple Leafs playoff dreams in 1993 and how Gretzky almost became a member of the Leafs some years later.


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Morning Line- Wayne Gretzky

“Well, listen: I’ve said this before: these kids today are so good. They’re so big, they’re so fast, the equipment’s better. The goaltending, they’re bigger, they’re better athletes. Grant Fuhr and Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy changed goaltending . . . (now) a lot of the best athletes on each team are the goaltenders. So it starts there, and that makes it more and more difficult to score.

“And from a young age now, we’re taught so much about defensive hockey. In the old days of (Jean) Beliveau and Bobby Orr, Guy Lafleur and myself and Messier, we used to throw a puck on the pond and go out there and create, and play three-on-three, four-on-four. The game now is so structured. Two of the better defensive players today are Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews. And they’re 19 years old and 20 years old.”

“So they’re taught so much today in the game on the defensive side of the puck. So the way the game is now, it’s much more defensive. It’s harder to score 40 goals now than it was when we played, and I’m the first guy to acknowledge that. I came along in the right era. I played with the right organization and the right players at the right time.

“But that doesn’t mean the game is different: it just means it’s better today ... We’re in a great place right now.”

Wayne Gretzky.  Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star has more.

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Joey And Wayne

from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,

Born with Down syndrome, Joey Moss has been the heart of the Oilers, working as their lockerroom attendant for more than 30 years. Now 53, he has outlasted every player and coach, and has one of the most enduring and remarkable relationships with a team and city in all of sports.

There may be nobody enjoying the Oilers’ return to the playoff spotlight more.

Wayne Gretzky started this hockey love story back in 1980, when he met Joey’s sister, Vikki, and they began dating. Through her, he was introduced to Joey.

When they broke up, the Oilers’ superstar remained friends with the Moss family, and particularly, Joey.

Growing up in Ontario in the 1960s, Gretzky had an aunt with Down syndrome. At the time, children with the chromosome disorder were often placed in institutions. Gretzky’s grandmother would not hear of this, and brought his father’s sister to live with them.

“The thing about people with Down syndrome is that they have unconditional love,” says Gretzky, now a partner and chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group, the NHL team’s parent company. “My aunt was the same way, and we treated her like everyone else. We never looked at her differently.

“That is how it is with Joey.”


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Interview With Gretzky, Orr And Lemieux

supplied by the NHL PR department,

An Interview with:

Wayne Gretzky
Bobby Orr
Mario Lemieux

WAYNE GRETZKY: Honestly, speaking on behalf of the 100 players who are really fortunate to be here and be part of the National Hockey League, it's a privilege to play the game, and we're all fortunate enough that we're part of this 100, and we're all like young kids, we're all thrilled to be here, and it's a great honor.

In saying that, we'll open it up to questions that anyone has.

Q. For all three of you, is the greatest player to ever play sitting at the podium right now?
WAYNE GRETZKY: No. Listen, we talk about this all the time. That's what makes sports great, and that's what makes hockey wonderful. I think we're all in pretty much agreement that Gordie was pretty special. These two guys here were pretty special, also. We all had so much respect for what Gordie did and what he accomplished that it's not a bad thing to be named in the top 100 behind a guy like Gordie Howe. I think we all feel the same way.

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Video- 50 in 39 - 35 Years Ago

via Sportsnet from 12/30/2011,

"People ask me all the time about my records, but to me, that's my favourite," Gretzky said in an interview with canada.com. "They're all made to be broken, that's what sports is. That's what's so great about sports, but that's my favourite because I think that will be the hardest to break."


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Wayne Gretzky Joins Edmonton Organization As Partner & Vice Chair

(EDMONTON, AB) – Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) Chairman Daryl Katz announced today hockey legend Wayne Gretzky has joined the organization in the capacity of Partner & Vice Chair. Gretzky will work closely with Katz and OEG CEO & Vice Chair Bob Nicholson in all aspects of the organization including business and hockey operations.

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Video- Wayne Gretzky’s Visit To The Hockey Hall Of Fame

I tweeted this earlier today but I know many of you don't use Twitter, so watch this short but funny story.


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Recalling the Wayne Gretzky trade

From NHL.com's Dave Stubbs:

The trade that most thought could never happen was made on this date 28 years ago.

Wayne Gretzky, the captain and the heart and soul of the dynastic Edmonton Oilers, was traded on Aug. 9, 1988, sent to the Los Angeles Kings along with center Mike Krushelnyski and defenseman Marty McSorley. Coming to the Oilers in return were center Jimmy Carson, first-round draft choice Martin Gelinas, first-round picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and $15 million.

The trade, which caused chaos in Edmonton and left all of Canada in disbelief, redefined player movement throughout sports.

Every trade made in its wake, no matter how monstrous or unthinkable, could now be explained logically: "Well, if Wayne Gretzky can be traded, anyone can be traded."

None of that, though, made the day of the trade any less surreal.

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Gretzky (statue) gets a touch-up before move to Oilers’ new rink

From the Canadian Press:

He stands nine feet two inches tall and hasn’t aged a bit, but the statue of hockey great Wayne Gretzky could use a waxing and a bath.

The 430-kilogram bronze statue of No. 99 holding the Stanley Cup over his head has been on display at Rexall Place for the past 27 years, but with a move to a new arena in the near future he’s taken a road trip down south to where he was created.

"Yes it’s a facelift," laughed Don Begg, a bronzesmith with Studio West in Cochrane, west of Calgary, who worked on casting the statue back in 1989 after it was sculpted by John Weaver.

"Actually he still looks pretty good to me. We’ve examined him over and he’s really in good shape but everything needs a little bit of tender loving care after 27 years."


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Wayne Gretzky On Gordie Howe

from Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press,

Even Wayne Gretzky, considered by many to be the greatest hockey player ever, got the Gordie Howe treatment.

It was the first game they played against each other, in the World Hockey Association, soon after Gretzky turned pro with the Indianapolis Racers in 1978.

"He was 49, 50 the very first time I played against him," Gretzky recalled today at Joe Louis Arena, where he joined Howe's family for a public visitation of the hockey legend who died Friday. "The very first time I played against him, we were in the warm-up, and I was 17 and thought I was pretty cool, skating around in warm-up, and he kept winking at me. The third or fourth shift of the game, I took the puck from him and, before I knew it, this big stick pounded me on the hand, and I thought I broke my thumb. He took the puck and said, 'Don't ever take the puck from me.'

"I go, 'OK.'"

Gretzky thought the winks were welcoming from Howe. Then one of his teammates let him in on a secret: Howe had a blinking problem.

"Well, nobody told me that!" Gretzky said. "I thought he was cheering me on."


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Video- HNIC Opening Featuring Wayne Gretzky

via Sportsnet,

The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, gets you ready for another edition of Hockey Night in Canada.


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Jagr ties Gordie Howe on the NHL’s all-time points list

From NHL.com:

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr tied Gordie Howe for third place in all-time NHL points with a first-period assist against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday.

Jagr has 1,850 points, equal to Howe and trailing Mark Messier (1,887) and Wayne Gretzky (2,857).

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Video- Wayne Gretzky Goes Back To Grade School

from Hometown Hockey (where you can watch additional videos),

As a child, Wayne Gretzky went to Greenbrier Elementary School in Brantford … One of his favourite teachers with Dennis Nash.  Wayne, who hasn’t been back to the school since 1973, visited the students, teachers and Mr. Nash for a surprise visit.


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Morning Line- Wayne Gretzky

“I understand 100% why guys are concerned about concussions, it’s a big man’s sport right now.

“Look at Connor McDavid. I know he didn’t get his bell rung. But he broke his shoulder blade and he got hit hard. I don’t care what anyone says. It wasn’t done on purpose. It was a hockey play that went wrong.

“These guys are so big and so fast and so strong, if you are not in the right position, you are going to get hurt. Either a concussion or hurting your knee or hurting your shoulder.

“These guys are great players now. Simple as that.”

-Wayne Gretzky.  More on this topic by Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun.

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Video- Wayne Gretzky On Connor McDavid

via Sportsnet,

Wayne Gretzky continued to shower Connor McDavid with praise, saying that he’ll be a rock star in the best way for Edmonton.


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Will McDavid, Eichel become ‘generational’ players?

From the Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:

People keep calling Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel “generational” players.

It’s a glowing description for the pair of 18-year-old centres expected to be the first and second picks in Friday’s National Hockey League draft at Sunrise, Fla. But what does that mean? Is it the next rung up from a franchise player?

“A generational player to me is a complete player who needs limited coaching, understands the time and temperature of a game, and can beat you with his work and beat you with his skill,” said St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. “You don’t have to paint them a picture to get them to understand it. They already have it in their DNA.”

Bobby Orr had it. So did Wayne Gretzky. Mario Lemieux, for sure. They come along every 10 to 20 years, if hockey fans are lucky.

Eric Lindros was thought to be a generational talent as a teenager because he was so big and made plays with soft hands. Concussion problems, though, limited his climb up the generational scale. Sidney Crosby was a wunderkind growing up, but will he ever be on par with Orr, Gretzky and Lemieux?

McDavid and Eichel, the Boston University freshman centre, have been the rage for years and had scouts raving “watch this kid; he can do it all.” They are both coming to the NHL with a skill set and more hoopla than all the rest. But they haven’t played an NHL game.


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Morning Line- Wayne Gretzky

The commissioner wanted parity in the league and he's got that whole-heartedly. There are 16 teams that get into the playoffs and legitimately any one of them could get out of their conference this year. That's what the league wanted and they did a nice job. But I don't know if they anticipated the parity of the top 8 or 9 top players, how similar and how valuable they all are to their own teams; how valuable a guy like Tavares is to the Islanders, Voracek to the Flyers, Crosby to the Penguins, and so on. I don't know if we've ever seen in hockey so many superstars that are so equally matched at this point in their careers. It's parity in teams, and it's parity with the superstars, that's pretty good for hockey."

-Wayne Gretzky.  More from and on Gretzky from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Evening Line- Wayne Gretzky On Gordie Howe

“Athletes are no different than anything else. Sometimes you have bad days and kids walk away saying, ‘It wasn’t as great as I thought it was going to be.

“For me, every time I look at the picture I always have the same thoughts. He couldn’t have been nicer, better or bigger when I met him than I thought he was going to be. Every time I look at the picture or sign the picture, it’s nothing but great memories.”

-Wayne Gretzky on meeting and taking the now famous picture with Gordie Howe.  More from Gretzky on Gordie Howe by Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the StarPhoenix.


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Friedman’s ‘Healines’ include Gretzky-Oilers news, ASG format and more

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman delivered his "headlines" sans partner-in-scoops Damien Cox on Saturday evening, and it certainly wasn't the same without Cox's astute jabs, but Friedman delivered a jam-packed set of news and notes, starting with Leon Draisaitl's return to Major Junior hockey

Continuing with this regarding Wayne Gretzky's possible involvement with the Oilers going forward, as noted by Sportsnet's Rory Boylen...

“There was a rumour he would go back and be offered ‘would you like to work in hockey ops, would you like to work in business ops,’” Friedman said. “I reached out to him by email, his response was that is not true.”

But it wouldn’t be entirely accurate to say Gretzky won’t be a part of the Oilers.

Added Friedman: “And then (Gretzky) had a great line, he said ‘But we have talked a lot about putting a Gretzky’s inside the new arena.’ I think the one thing we can report is you can expect to see the restaurant there.”

And Friedman addressed Martin Brodeur's future with the Blues (to some extent), he discussed Claude Giroux and Mikael Backlund's injuries, the All-Star Game's format as "very similar" to the player draft (cars included), and he also nixed talk of a Jhonas Enroth to Minnesota deal.

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The Gretzky Collection

via Hometown Hockey,

From the jersey Wayne Gretzky wore during 81-82 when he broke all those records (worth more than $300,000 today), to Wayne’s 1986 Mercedes convertible (license plate: WAS 99S), Shawn Chaulk, the Wayne Gretzky of Wayne Gretzky collectors, talks about how a Newfoundlander who came to Fort McMurray 30-odd years ago to raise a family and build a home fell in love with the Oilers and built the world’s largest collection of game-worn Gretzky memorabilia.



More at HometownHockey including a few pictures of some of the memorabilia.

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Questions By Wayne Gretzky, Answers By Gordie Howe

from the CP at Yahoo,

WAYNE GRETZKY: In your memoir you write about participating in the puck-drop ceremony for the 2014 Winter Classic alumni game at Comerica Park. Could you tell me a little bit about playing outdoors as a child? What was your local rink like? What's your fondest memory of playing outside?

GORDIE HOWE: I loved playing hockey and looked forward to getting on the ice. If I wasn't home eating I was on the ice skating all winter. The rink was just boards and ice. In the Depression there was no money to do much — I think we were lucky there was man-made ice to skate on. I don't know that any memory stands out as the fondest, but I always liked to score and loved to win. That was what I lived for.

WG: Having mentored countless younger players, you are one of the most iconic father figures in the hockey world. You're also known for a mischievous streak and the chip on your shoulder. What's the piece of advice you've imparted that kids aren't likely to have heard from their teachers or other authorities?

GH: One of my rules was to do unto others before they do unto you, but that was never my first advice to youngsters. What I always started with was making sure they held their stick in the proper position. You should hold the top hand on the stick like you would hold a hammer when you're driving a nail. You have the most leverage and you won't get your wrist broken. The chip on my shoulder was earned over many years of hard knocks and each player has to earn that chip on their shoulder their own way.

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Report- Wayne Gretzky Part Of A Group Trying To Bring NHL Hockey To Seattle

from Josh Kosman and Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Wayne Gretzky has joined a group of investors hoping to bring a National Hockey League team to Seattle, The Post has learned.

The Gretzky group is one of three looking to bring an NHL franchise to the home of Starbucks, sources said — but each faces an uphill battle in that league Commissioner Gary Bettman has not said the league is ready to expand.

It is not known if the Gretzky group or either of the other two groups are eyeing an expansion team or hope to move an existing team to the Pacific Northwest.

A move to buy a Seattle team would mark at least the second time the 53-year-old Hall of Famer tried to become an NHL owner.


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Simmons: it’s time for Sergei Makarov to join the Hockey Hall of Fame’s ranks

On June 24th, the Hockey Hall of Fame's selection committee will name its inductees for 2014, and as the process is a secretive one, we know its parameters and the men who represent the Hockey Hall of Fame, but we don't know how exactly one player of builder makes the cut and another does not in any particular year.

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons believes that the selection committee needs to make amends for a long-standing omission amongst this year's shoo-ins:

At one time, in the early 1980s, they were considered the two most gifted and offensive explosive players in hockey. Wayne Gretzky won 10 scoring titles in the National Hockey League. Sergei Makarov won nine scoring titles in Russia, before he arrived in the NHL.

Gretzky had his Hall of Fame induction fast-tracked. Makarov is still waiting to hear his name called.

On June 23, the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be announced and the slam dunk this year is Dominik Hasek, as he should be. Joining him likely will be Peter Forsberg and Mike Modano and there’s really no argument with either of those. But somehow, Makarov’s candidacy appears to have been lost in time.

He was twice a world junior champion, 10 times a world champion, a winner of two Olympic gold medals and one silver. At the largest events, the Olympics and Canada Cups, he scored 59 points in 44 games:

Makarov came to the NHL late, won the rookie of the year award at 31, scored 292 points in 297 games in Calgary, ended his career quietly in San Jose and Dallas. Those who rule him out as Hall of Fame material because of his final NHL seasons, haven’t made enough attention to the final seasons of many already enshrined.

Makarov’s centre, Igor Larionov is already in the Hall, which is as much about NHL politics as it about truth. Makarov was the better player. It is overdue for him to be acknowledged for his wonderful career.

Simmons continues with his usual collection of hockey and sports-related observations--and Igor Larionov is now on the selection committe, for what it's worth..

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Imagine Wayne Gretzky Running The Washington Capitals

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN recently reported...

Despite repeated reports linking Wayne Gretzky to Washington, it doesn’t sound as though The Great One and the Capitals are a match at this point. Whether it’s for president of hockey operations or another high-end executive job, at this hour, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Which is too bad, because No. 99 in that kind of role would be a great asset.

But John Feinstein of The Washington Post wants Gretzky in Washington,

The Capitals will be entering their 40th season in the fall. They have never won a Stanley Cup. They can go out and hire a standard-issue general manager and allow him to hire one of the very good coaches currently available. Come September everyone will talk about new beginnings and fresh approaches, and none of it will guarantee the team will be any better than the talented ones that fell short in the playoffs from 2008 to 2013.

But maybe instead Leonsis should think about what Gretzky — again, if he wants to work — can mean to a hockey franchise. Do you think there’s a bright young hockey executive or coach out there who wouldn’t want to work for Gretzky?

Maybe Gretzky would hire Mark Messier as coach. Do you think that would bring some fire to the locker room? Do you think Alex Ovechkin would ignore his back-checking responsibilities with Gretzky in the press box and Messier in the locker room?

There’s also the free agent issue. One of the sillier reasons George McPhee was fired as GM was the bleating of player agents who weren’t allowed in the locker room right after games. How many would voice such complaints to Gretzky’s face?

Do you think free agents will want to play for Gretzky? Do you think the Caps wouldn’t become one of the talked-about franchises in hockey the day Gretzky takes over?


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Roast Duck, indeed: Kings smoke Anaheim in Game 7

For all of the discussion of Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu's respective legacies that you'll be reading over the next few days--deserved discussion at that--the last game of the Highway Series between the aformentioned Finns' Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings wasn't much of a contest, because the all but literally ran over Anaheim.

NHL.com's Curtis Zupke's recap emphasizes that point:

The highly anticipated state title game was decided in an opening 10-minute, three-goal blitz by the Kings that began with yet another clutch goal by Justin Williams, who tied Wayne Gretzky for second all-time with his sixth career Game 7 goal.

After Los Angeles chased 20-year-old rookie goalie John Gibson on Anze Kopitar's first goal of the series that made it 4-0, Kings fans chanted "This is our house!" It was appropriate after the Kings won three of four games at Honda Center and improved to 6-0 in elimination games in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.


[Justin] Williams nudged his second attempt across the goal line from the crease on the power play at 4:30 of the first period. Cam Fowler tried to rim the puck around but it didn't get out, and Richards put it on net for Williams.

Carter made it 2-0 when he finished a breakaway with one of his signature backhands at 8:48 after he muscled past Hampus Lindholm in the neutral zone. Richards sent Anaheim tumbling further with his second goal of the playoffs at 15:12 for a 3-0 lead. Richards dropped a pass to Dwight King and then went to the net to pop in the rebound that Gibson couldn't control.

That made it three goals allowed on nine shots against Gibson, who didn't have his best game but wasn't helped by his skaters either. Trailing 2-0, the Ducks might have changed the complexion of the game on a penalty shot awarded to Perry at 14:08, but Quick poke-checked away his attempt.

Zupke continues, and here's the NHL's highlight clip, including Corey Perry's unsuccessful penalty shot:

Continue Reading »

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Video- Wayne Gretzky On Conan Last Night

Gretzky and O'Brien go way back and recall Greatzky's 1989 appearance on Saturday Night Live.

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What Do You Think Of A Leafs/Gretzky Relationship?

from TSN,

With the NHL having paid Wayne Gretzky the remaining funds owed to Wayne Gretzky from the Phoenix Coyotes, the rumours of his next NHL destination are in full swing.

And they're pointing to the NHL's biggest market: Toronto.

With Gretzky paid out for what is believed to be $7 to 8 million, Gretzky may be eager to get back into the NHL and TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the Maple Leafs are very much interested in The Great One's services.

But could it actually happen?

Dreger spoke with TSN Radio 1050 Toronto's Mike Richards this morning, stating that there is a fit between Gretzky and the Leafs.


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Report- Gretzky Finally Getting Paid

from TSN,

Wayne Gretzky will be repaid money he was owed by former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes, the NHL agreeing to cut a check to the Great One after reaching a tentative deal with the legend, sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.

Sources would not confirm the exact figure, but it's believed to be around $7 to $8 million.

The NHL for the past few years had sought to get the money owed to Gretzky from Moyes via a lawsuit but a judge threw out most of the league's claims from the suit against Moyes in early October.

In light of the delays associated with the Moyes litigation, the Audit/Finance Committee from the NHL's Board of Governors approved a plan to make Gretzky whole for deferred compensation owed to him by Moyes, and which was never paid as a result of the Coyotes bankruptcy back in September 2009, source have told ESPN.com.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the deal is worth between $7 and $8 million.


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Evening Line

"Let me tell you something, Peyton won't sleep much this week because of the emotions and excitement that he's probably feeling. I can't speak for him, but I know what I went through. It's pretty emotional. I spent a lot of years there, like he did, and you become almost friends with the city."

"Indianapolis is similar to Edmonton in that it's not New York or Los Angeles. So you're at the stadium, and the places you go to eat, and the people you meet in the community are the people who are in those seats. So they become friends. They're not just fans, they become more like friends. So it becomes very emotional.

"I know that was a really hard day for me because in one sense I was looking forward to playing again in Edmonton, and in another sense I knew eventually they would start treating me as the enemy."

-Wayne Gretzky comparing his return to Edmonton and Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis this weekend.  More from Sam Farmer of the LA Times.

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Evening Line

When is the NHL going to repay Gretzky? I brought it up several time in interviews on the 25th anniversary story. All that expansion money owners got when they expanded to Anaheim, San Jose, Florida, Tampa and Nashville, for instance.  Thanks, Gretz. But, the thanks goes a little deeper. Gretzky, by reports, is still owed about $8 million in apparently deferred salary from the Phoenix Coyotes when trucking magnate Jerry Moyes walked away, leaving the NHL holding the bag. They idn’t want Blackberry founder Jim Balsillie buying the club and moving it to southern Ontario, and folks like Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and businessman Matt Hulsizer looked at the books and backed away.

-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal where you can read more on this topic.

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Video- Author Jim Taylor Had The Gretzky Trade A Week Before It Happened

via CBC,


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The Gretzky Trade Changed The Hockey World

I've been trying to avoid flooding KK members and guests with Gretzky stories, but this one is a good read...

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

We take a look at how 99’s move south impacted not only the game of hockey and L.A. sports, but altered the NHL at large and influenced everything from the Canadian Football League to Saturday-morning cartoon viewing.

Tripled the number of NHL teams in California.
After Wayne Gretzky joined L.A. in 1988, the San Jose Sharks (1991) and Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1993) joined in relatively quick succession. The Trade has been credited with contributing to the NHL’s Sun Belt expansion in the States. Florida landed two clubs, the Lightning in ’92 and the Panthers ’93; Minnesota’s North Stars chopped off their first name and dropped south to Dallas in ’93; and Phoenix acquired the Winnipeg Jets franchise in ’96.

Begat Bettman… and all that entails.
Following the success of the Gretzky in L.A., the NHL made McNall chairman of the board of governors. McNall then headed up the hiring of the NBA’s Gary Bettman as commissioner (after David Stern turned the job down). “People always talk about the Bettman strategy of expansion. It wasn’t the Bettman strategy; it was the Bruce McNall strategy. Bettman was hired to enact it,” (Stephen Brunt explains. “The entire destiny of the league, because of this trade and the success in L.A., was handed over to a guy who ended up going to prison.”


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Gretzky Or Crosby

from Paul Grant of ESPN,

With all these comparisons flying around, this week we're going to cut through the crud and make a call. Given two players, one active and one retired, in their primes, who would be better? And the best part of it is that you, the user, get the final word. 

For our second installment, how about: The two best players of their generation, if not the two best players in the history of the game in Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky. This is such a timeless comparison, we're going to do it again, only more lo-fi..



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Gretzky, Messier Are Interested In Rangers’ Coaching Job

So says Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet and Doug MacLean chimes in too.


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Video- What Players Will Step Up This Time?

Remember 1994?


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Two NHL Greats Discuss The Potential Lockout

from CTV Atlantic,

“I really think this one won't be as long as the last one,” said Gretzky Tuesday during an event at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton. “I think somehow, some way, both sides will come together and we'll be playing hockey sooner rather than later.”

Recent negotiations between the NHL and the National Hockey League Players' Associationhave produced little common ground.

Another hockey legend says if players are told to stay home, they won’t be there for long.

“I just can't believe they won't get together,” Orr said Monday in Charlottetown. “There may be a short delay, but I can't believe it will be more than a short time. It would be so silly.”


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Wayne Gretzky On Hockey Night In Canada

Ron MacLean interviewed Wayne Gretzky after the 2nd period tonight and the topic was mostly the LA Kings.

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Video- “The Great One” Drops The Puck For Game 3

Wayne Gretzky receives a great welcome form the LA crowd.

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It Appears Gretzky Will Drop The Ceremonial Puck At Game 3

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Los Angeles Kings will reach back to another era on Monday night to try to give their current team a boost of energy in the form of a shot of 99.

The greatest King of them all, the greatest player of all for that matter, Wayne Gretzky will be at the Staples Center on Monday night for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and the Free Press has learned he’ll drop the puck in a ceremonial faceoff.

continue for some Devils talk…

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Video- Gretzky Shocked To Hear Lidstrom Retiring

Wayne Gretzky talks about the great career of Nick Lidstrom.

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Morning Line

“What I’d like to see is the Conn Smythe Trophy be renamed the Jean Beliveau Trophy, and have [Beliveau] come onto the ice with the commissioner to present the award to the MVP and then stay by the commissioner’s side for the presentation of the Stanley Cup.”

“You wouldn’t have anyone booing with Jean Beliveau on the ice, so I think that would solve the problem. I think the NHL is about the winning captain getting the Stanley Cup from the NHL president or commissioner. I would never want that to change.”

-Wayne Gretzky.  More from Gretzky by Larry Brooks of the NY Post.


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Gretzky Talks Coyotes, Kings, Rangers And Other Topics Too

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So you were probably wondering, where was Wayne Gretzky during all this? After all, the NHL’s Western Conference final could have easily been played for the Wayne Gretzky trophy instead of the Clarence Campbell Bowl. It featured the Los Angeles Kings, the team Gretzky led to the 1993 Stanley Cup final and essentially put on the map, playing against the Phoenix Coyotes, the team he was associated with for close to a decade, first as the team’s managing partner and eventually as its head coach.

What was Gretzky thinking? Who was he cheering for? Did he take any satisfaction from seeing some of the young players that joined the Coyotes organization under his watch - the Martin Hanzals, the Mikkel Boedkers - show some glimmers of their potential?

Instead, Gretzky chose to stay silent, watching from afar, not taking sides, especially as the Coyotes’ ownership saga continues to percolate on, with no definitive end in sight.

But on the morning after the Kings dispatched the Coyotes in five games, Gretzky surfaced to talk about horse racing, about hockey in southern California and about the possibility of witnessing yet another series where his loyalties could be divided.


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Gretzky On The Playoffs

from Brad Gagnon of Sports Radio Interviews,

Wayne Gretzky joined Tony Bruno and Harry Mayes on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia to discuss the brutality that has riddled the playoffs, resulting in nine suspensions thus far. He also looked at why Sidney Crosby has been one of the focal points of the intensity.

On all the illegal hits thus far in the Stanley Cup playoffs:

“It’s a little bit risqué right now, there’s no question. Emotions are high in every aspect. And if you look at every series right now each and every team is playing with a little bit of a bite, and yeah it’s a little bit surprising. They talk about the Flyers back in the ‘70s –guys like Bobby Kelly, Moose Dupont and Dave Schultz — but you never really saw those guys go after guys like Bobby Orr or Mario Lemieux or Phil Esposito. It was just sort of honest, hard, rough-nosed hockey, and it’s changed — there’s no question — the players are bigger and faster and stronger today than they were when we played, and obviously there’s a lot at stake playing for a Stanley Cup, and emotions are definitely really high and subsequently you’re going to have issues. I think the league is trying to do their best to curtail all the unnecessary stuff in between whistles and things that are going on behind the play. And you know what? The bottom line is you got to win the hockey game. That’s where it hurts the most, not cross-checking the guy in the face. It’s winning the hockey game that hurts players the most.”

On Sidney Crosby’s behavior:


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