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Gretzky takes leave; Tocchet to coach Coyotes

Updated: December 18, 2005, 4:43 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Wayne Gretzky took an indefinite leave as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night to return to Canada to be with his mother, who has lung cancer.

Gretzky left the team before the Coyotes' 4-1 loss to the Kings in Los Angeles and went to Ontario to be with his parents, Phyllis and Walter.

"We respect and support Wayne's decision," Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett said in a statement. "Family has always come first to the Gretzkys, as it should. The ...

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