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Gretzky shoots down Leafs rumors

Jan 24, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

Wayne Gretzky AP

After rumors started making the rounds this week — some right here on PHT! — Wayne Gretzky went on Hockey Night in Canada Radio Wednesday and cleared the air, saying there was no truth to reports he could be the next president of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“It was news to me,” Gretzky explained.

The Great One hasn’t worked for an NHL club since resigning from his post as Phoenix head coach in 2009.

While he’s been tied to the Leafs for what feels like forever — last year, he was approached by a number of parties interested in buying MLSE before Rogers and Bell made the deal — Gretzky the only team that’s actually contacted him about returning in a working capacity was the Los Angeles Kings.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with people in the [Maple Leafs] organization, but not one time has there even been any direct contact,” he explained. “Really, the only team I’ve talked to about being involved is [general manager] Dean Lombardi and the L.A. Kings.”

And there you have it.

  1. elemeno89 - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    looks like mckenzie was right. per ussssss

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    The whole thing started on Prime Time Sports on Tuesday, Nick Kypreos was on and they started talking about who could potentially take over as the president of the Leafs, Damian Cox mentioned that he had heard that someone had an informal conversation with Gretzky…next thing you know it’s out there that the Leafs were trying to hire Gretzky.

    Fwiw they had Bruce McNall on yesterday and they asked him about Gretzky being linked to any team (Gretzky and McNall are still tight and talk regularly) McNall said that Gretzky is still pretty upset with the NHL about how the whole Phoenix thing went down and that he currently has no interest in rejoining the league in any capacity. McNall did say that he thinks one day Gretzky might eventually have a role with the Kings franchise.

  3. rgledz - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    He should take Bettman’s place as Commissioner. That would be nice.

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