Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Great One Ends His Coaching Career



The ownership struggles of the Phoenix Coyotes proved to be too much for The Great One:
Wayne Gretzky has stepped down as head coach and director of hockey operations of a Phoenix Coyotes franchise that remains dogged by its unsettled ownership situation.

Gretzky, who is also a minority owner of the team, made the announcement on his Web site Thursday. His departure had been rumored as the bankruptcy court battle between Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie and the NHL over the sale of the financially troubled team dragged on.

"This was a difficult decision that I've thought long and hard about," Gretzky said in a statement posted on his site. "We all hoped there would be a resolution earlier this month to the Coyotes ownership situation, but the decision is taking longer than expected.

Having compiled a winning percentage of, ballpark, .473 or so, Gretzky didn't wow anyone with his coaching results, and he certainly didn't help himself, public-relations wise with some of his dealings as a coach, but is it fair to say he's done as a coach? Or does he have one more chance with another club, one that he, preferably, isn't tied to through a minority ownership deal?

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