After the "Great One" was run out of the Valley in disgrace last week, our neighbors to the north seem to be pulling out the big guns to make sure Canada's favorite son heads home.
Hockey Canada, the group responsible for organizing Canada's Olympic hockey team, hopes that Gretzky will come to Canada and play a large role in the program.
Gretzky served as executive director of the program during the past two Olympics and still serves as an adviser to the program. Gretzky left his post to focus on coaching the Phoenix Coyotes, and former Detroit Red Wing Steve Yzerman took the reins.
Given the newfound time on his hands, the Canadians hope to bring Gretzky back and take advantage of the talents that were squandered by the hockey geniuses here in Phoenix.
"I've got lots of ideas, and I'm sure he knows I do," Hockey Canada President Bob Nicholson tells the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "I'd be really surprised if we don't continue to have the great relationship that we've had over the years.
"It will be in a different manner than we have, but I think it could be stronger -- stronger than ever before."
Yzerman is expected to contact Gretzky this week to discuss what role the "Great One" will serve in the program, going forward.
As if Canada needs help when it comes to hockey.
Get rid of the greatest hockey player of all time? Good move Phoenix, good move.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.