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Tough, meticulous, honest, fair: Gretzky has it all

Updated: December 20, 2005, 12:24 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The first time Wayne Gretzky stepped onto the ice and called his troops to attention as an NHL head coach, the whistle emitted a sad-sounding "blapht."

There was a brief pause on the ice.

A harbinger of things to come? Foreshadowing of a monumental career error?

Hardly.

"Barely a peep came out of it," said Phoenix Coyotes' analyst and former NHL netminder Darren Pang with a smile. "The guys on the coaching staff jabbed him right away."

While ...

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