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By SANDRA McKEE | January 25, 1994
In 26 seasons, Gordie Howe scored 801 goals. Wayne Gretzky, in his 14th season, is 15 short of claiming the goal-scoring record."I wish they'd put an asterisk beside my name," said Gretzky. "I wish they'd point out it was a different era, because I think if Gordie Howe played now, he'd have 1,100 goals."He was such a unique player. In this era, the way we play today, he'd dominate like a Mark Messier or an Eric Lindros. He had such great hands and with his size, and the way they're cutting down on hooking and holding, he'd be all over the net."
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December 25, 2009
Wayne Gretzky says he is unsure about his hockey future. "You know what, I don't know what the future holds for me," he told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "I honestly don't know." The NHL lost Gretzky in September when he stepped down as coach of the Coyotes. He has kept a low profile since and is enjoying life back in Los Angeles with his family. For now, hockey is on the back burner. "I love the game," Gretzky said. "Yeah, there are days I really miss it. But the reality is everything happens for a reason and I don't see myself doing anything for at least a year and a half."
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February 27, 1992
Los Angeles Kings center Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's scoring leader, will miss at least one game because of a sprained right knee, it was announced yesterday."
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By HELENE ELLIOTT and HELENE ELLIOTT,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 15, 2006
Turin, Italy -- Saying he would take no more questions about his alleged link to a sports-betting ring that supposedly took bets from his wife, Wayne Gretzky reiterated yesterday that he knew nothing about the operation. Authorities in New Jersey allege that an illegal gambling ring was run by Rick Tocchet, Gretzky's friend and assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. "It doesn't involve me and I'm not involved," Gretzky, the executive director of Canada's men's Olympic hockey team, said after the team's first practice in Turin.
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October 27, 1990
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Wayne Gretzky reached another milestone once thought unattainable by becoming the first National Hockey League player to score 2,000 points, as his first-period assist upstaged the Winnipeg Jets' 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings last night.The 2,000th point came in Gretzky's 12th NHL season and 857th game. He needed only a little more than 10 seasons to accrue 1,851 points, breaking a record that Gordie Howe took 26 years and 1,767 games to establish.Gretzky, who has 684 goals and 1,316 assists, doesn't turn 30 until Jan. 26.Point No. 2,000 came 14 minutes, 32 seconds into the game, when Gretzky passed from his zone to Tony Granato, who sent Tomas Sandstrom in on a breakaway.
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By HELENE ELLIOTT and HELENE ELLIOTT,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 15, 2006
Turin, Italy -- Saying he would take no more questions about his alleged link to a sports-betting ring that supposedly took bets from his wife, Wayne Gretzky reiterated yesterday that he knew nothing about the operation. Authorities in New Jersey allege that an illegal gambling ring was run by Rick Tocchet, Gretzky's friend and assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. "It doesn't involve me and I'm not involved," Gretzky, the executive director of Canada's men's Olympic hockey team, said after the team's first practice in Turin.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 13, 1994
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- The year was 1978. The league was the World Hockey Association. The team was the Indianapolis Racers. The opponent was the New England Whalers.On one side, playing for New England, was Gordie Howe, the grand old man of the game. On the other side, playing for Indianapolis, was the game's rising young phenom, a 17-year-old named Wayne Gretzky.Gretzky was awe-struck. There was his boyhood hero, Howe, in the flesh across the ice.Howe knew all about Gretzky as well, having befriended Gretzky before he was a teen-ager, but was already creating a sensation across Canada with his early skills.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 4, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- In most instances, Wayne Gretzky controls his emotions every bit as well as he does a loose puck in the open ice.But this little smile keeps creasing Gretzky's face these days, and its source can be found in the uttering of two short names: Jari Kurri.For seven full seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Kurri and Gretzky were line mates. During those years, Gretzky averaged 68 goals and 195 points a season, Kurri 52 and 110. And, oh yes, the Oilers won four Stanley Cups.So it is no small wonder that Gretzky's mouth keeps impishly curling up. After three years apart, Gretzky and Kurri will be reunited tonight, when the Los Angeles Kings open their 25th National Hockey League season in Winnipeg against the Jets.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 18, 1999
RYE, N.Y. -- There were more smiles and laughter than usual yesterday for a team out of the running for the playoffs and going through the motions of a final practice -- at least until the end, when New York Rangers coach John Muckler gathered the team and demanded that Wayne Gretzky skate a couple of more laps up and down the ice.His teammates clattered their sticks on the ice in encouragement, but Gretzky, for once, chose to exercise his clout."
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By Lisa Dillman and Lisa Dillman,Los Angeles Times | November 19, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- Wayne Gretzky's outlook regarding the prognosis of his injured back is so positive that he is telling people he might start skating in 12 weeks and might return to the Los Angeles Kings' lineup in March."
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By BILL ORDINE and BILL ORDINE,SUN REPORTER | February 10, 2006
In the course of just a couple of minutes last night, Phoenix Coyotes coach and hockey great Wayne Gretzky said no fewer than nine times that he was not involved in placing wagers with the illegal bookmaking operation that his associate coach, Rick Tocchet, is accused of financing. "First and foremost, I'm not going anywhere. I'm still going to coach the Phoenix Coyotes," Gretzky said after a 5-1 home loss to the Dallas Stars. "I've done nothing wrong. I've done nothing that has to do anything along the lines of betting.
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By RICK MAESE | February 10, 2006
Turin, Italy-- --The winter's first big Olympic scandal is about to arrive. It's scheduled to leave the United States late Sunday night and touch down in Italy the next day. Everyone's already abuzz about its arrival. This isn't just a pretty good scandal. This is The Great One. A gambling investigation has threatened to take a sport that was on its knees and put it on ice. The waves that battered the NHL this week will fully douse the Winter Games when Wayne Gretzky, the executive director of Team Canada, arrives in town.
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By BILL ORDINE and BILL ORDINE,SUN REPORTER | February 10, 2006
Wayne Gretzky, hockey's all-time greatest player and the Phoenix Coyotes' head coach, may find he was wrong when he said a few days ago that he is not, was not and "not going to be involved" in the sports gambling investigation that has snared his associate coach, Rick Tocchet. Gretzky was captured on a New Jersey State Police wiretap apparently discussing how to avoid having his wife, actress Janet Jones, implicated in the illegal sports wagering ring, an unnamed source with knowledge of the probe told the Associated Press yesterday.
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By CHILDS WALKER | January 25, 2006
Mario Lemieux has surprised us before. In 1995, he came back from cancer to regain his status as hockey's most scintillating scorer. In 2000, he returned from a three-year retirement (he had already been elected to the Hall of Fame) to lead Pittsburgh back to the NHL playoffs. He was the Michael Jordan of hockey, one whose skills seemed so sublime that no barrier could hold him back. But Lemieux sounded out of surprises when he announced his second retirement yesterday afternoon. He said he could no longer play to his own standards and called the NHL "a league for young guys."
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By Michael Russo and Michael Russo,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | February 20, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Yesterday was Groundhog Day in the NHL, and in a facsimile of Wednesday, there was no progress to report and the 2004-05 season remained ... canceled. Proving untrue the old adage, "Any PR is good PR," the NHL and its players association looked foolish yesterday when one day after it appeared there would be an unexpected "un-canceling" of the season, even the Great One and Super Mario weren't enough to bridge the gap toward a new collective bargaining agreement.
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September 28, 2002
On deck Mark Buehrle of the White Sox goes for the 20th win tonight, facing thr Twins. He said it "He's one of the players who needs to skip the five-year waiting period. Just stick him in the Hall of Fame right away, like [Wayne] Gretzky." Larry Walker, Rockies slugger, on D'backs pitcher Randy Johnson
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 4, 1997
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's a new spring and Doug Gilmour is again in his familiar spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the fifth time in his playoff career, Gilmour was matched face to face with Wayne Gretzky on Friday night, this time in New Jersey.Gilmour put to practice all the little intricacies he has learned over the years playing against Gretzky. He contributed a great deal in keeping the Great One at bay in Friday night's 2-0 New Jersey victory, in effect becoming one of the standout pieces in a team defense that gave the Devils the quick upper hand in this series.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1999
Wayne Gretzky's eyes watered and his voice cracked yesterday as he put the rumors to rest and announced the end of his magnificent, 20-year career."We have highs and lows in life," Gretzky said, his voice raw as he spoke at a nationally televised news conference at Madison Square Garden. "That seems to be the general feeling. We go to funerals and to weddings. We laugh and cry. This is a party and a celebration. I'm officially retired."And then Gretzky, who has been telling his friends and teammates to smile and be happy for him, wiped his eyes.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2002
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - It's no easy feat for a man with a bad back to carry the weight of an entire nation. But Mario Lemieux is trying. He's trying awfully hard. Lemieux scored twice yesterday to help Canada's struggling hockey team earn a 3-3 tie against the Czech Republic at the E Center in the final game of round-robin pool play for the 2002 Olympics. Canada advanced to play Finland tomorrow, while the Czech Republic will face Russia. For the Canadians, it was a game worthy more of relief than celebration.
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By Ken Rosenthal | January 27, 2000
ATLANTA -- Another day, another Super Bowl sales pitch, another high-powered Internet merger. Quick, name the reason that John Elway, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky came together yesterday for perhaps the most star-studded news conference in sports history. Hint: It wasn't to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. Then again, their goal was no more transparent than Coca-Cola's back in the prehistoric days when TV commercials were the preferred way to reach consumers. The Three Entrepreneurs, portraying themselves as the Three Musketeers, want you to visit their Web site -- the appropriately monikered mvp.com.
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