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10-15-2003, 03:37 AM
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hatchet job on Gretzky

not sure if anyone saw the article on Gretzky today in the Arizona Republic.

Looks like the writer failed to do some history on Gretzky's past business ventures and merely wanted to write another article on how Gretzky's gutted this team of its superstars and hired all his friends and never attends games. The future impact of the CBA and the huge financial losses that the ownership group as accumulated don't get the attention they deserve. Seriously, if this franchise was making $20 million per season do you think they would have traded Teppo, Markov, Tkachuk, Amonte, Roenick, etc? It's that bloody simple.

What really gets me fuming though is the tone that everything Gretzky touches turns to gold. That's BS. He led Canada to a gold medal. Most Canadians could have named 90% of that team given 5 minutes of time and a copy of the Hockey News. Huge accomplishment yes but it's not like we're Slovakia and we weren't favored to win the bloody thing anyways.

The truth of the matter is Gretzky has not been a very successful businessman. The most famous flop was the free agent signing of Rocket Ismail when he was co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts. Gretzky made his money playing hockey. He's not a Rhodes scolar, he is not a guy who smells money when he's involved in a business. He's a retired hockey player who has the right to live his life and run his business with the best help he can find. Right or wrong that is his decision. I've done the travelling as part of my job and you know what, it sucks to live out of a suitcase. Every hotel and every city starts to feel the same and there is no place you would rather be than with your family in your own house. He deserves to have that luxery. Get off his back already. He's saving hockey in Phoenix. Isn't that enough responsibility for now.

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