Clarke: Gretzky should stay with Hockey Canada

Updated: March 30, 2006, 5:45 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Flyers general manager Bob Clarke wants Wayne Gretzky to stay as executive director of the Canadian hockey team through the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

"He's Gretzky," Clarke told the Globe and Mail of Toronto in Philadelphia. "Gretzky is a long way above the rest of us. I think Gretzky should have another kick at the can because I think he got blindsided."

Gretzky led Canada to the Olympic title in Salt Lake City four years ago, its first gold medal in men's hockey in 50 years.

But at the Torino Games, Canada lost 2-0 to Russia in the quarterfinals and was beaten twice in the opening round. Gretzky accepted the blame for the team's performance.


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