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Report: MLSE talks to Gretzky about exec job

Jul 4, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

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Tim Leiweke was recently appointed as the CEO and President of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), and it looks like he’s already trying to make a major move, according to TSN.

He’s spoken with Wayne Gretzky on several occasions about the possibility of Gretzky accepting an executive role with MLSE. However, it sounds like those talks didn’t produce immediate results.

The two sides have put the discussion on hold for now and might come back to it later.

Before joining MLSE, Leiweke worked for Anschutz Entertainment Group, which has a stake in, among other things, the Los Angeles Kings and MLS Los Angeles Galaxy. Leiweke was credited as one of the major players in bringing David Beckham to the Galaxy.

Meanwhile, Gretzky hasn’t served in an executive role with an NHL team since parting ways with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009.

It’s worth adding that this isn’t the first time Gretzky has been linked to the Maple Leafs. Rumors surfaced earlier this year about the possibility of Gretzky becoming the Leafs’ next team president. The Great One later shot down those reports.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    I was thinking, if this is some newfangled Major League Soccer Extension program, he’d probably have as much success as he did in hockey.

  2. packerswin96 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Gretzky knows nothing at all about the business side of the game, so this makes for sense for the Leafs!

  3. hieronymous27 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Gretzky will always be among the all-time greats to ever lace on a pair of skates but I would not want him making draft pick selections or business decisions for the NHL team I support. He should just be an ambassador of the game and not be involved in management. Just stick to making public appearances at hockey related events.

  4. channelguy - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I don’t get this at all. Would he be brought in on the BUSINESS side? He has no experience there. Would he be brought in on the hockey operations side, presumably as some sort of President of Hockey Operations? That would make him Nonis’ boss, and I think that’s an even worse scenario.

  5. thailer35 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    He has experience on the business side! He helped run the coyotes into the ground!

    The “great” one…

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    C’mon guys. Here is a fact:
    In November of 2000, Gretzky was named Executive Director of Canada’s 2002 Men’s Olympic Hockey team. Duties included overseeing all hockey operations, and making the final decision on all personnel and player selections. He did indeed possess the Midas touch, turning all things to gold. Team Canada claimed the gold after 5-2 win over the USA, thus ending a 50-year Olympic drought for Canada’s men’s hockey teams. This says something about his ability to contribute to a hockey organization’s success. It could be asst. GM, help with player development. Exploring options with him is not out of context. They just need to find the right job for him.

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