Wayne Gretzky makes an animated point to the officials during tonight’s game against the Canadiens.
Any time The Great One comes to Montreal – and it doesn’t happen often enough – you’ve got yourself a story.
The legendary Wayne Gretzky, managing partner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, dropped in for a pregame media visit late this afternoon, in the hours following Hockey Canada’s hardly-news announcement that Detroit Red Wings vice-president Steve Yzerman would head the team to assemble Canada’s squad for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. It’s a job Gretzky had held in 2002 in Salt Lake City (gold) and 2006 in Turin (seventh).
Gretzky spoke about the Hockey Canada announcement and the scope of the Olympics, as well as his memories of playing in Montreal, against Hall of Fame Habs goaltender Patrick Roy, his own young, promising team, the fragile state of the world economy, and more.
Have you got 15 minutes? Give Wayne a listen here.