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Hurdles await Gretzky behind bench

Updated: August 9, 2005, 12:40 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: This story was published July 19 on ESPN.com.

It has been said that no hockey player has ever seen the ice as it was seen by Wayne Gretzky. It was as though Gretzky was able to see into the future -- where the puck was going, not where it was -- to view all the possibilities of a given play in a split second.

If Gretzky possesses that same vision today, one wonders whether he sees a future of triumph and success or despair and disenchantment as he mulls becoming ...

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