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Gretzky's Team Canada role limited due to ill mom

Updated: December 19, 2005, 5:19 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- The Canadian Olympic team is not counting on Wayne Gretzky, who has taken an indefinite leave with the Phoenix Coyotes to be with his ailing mother.

Gretzky is the hockey team's executive director for the Turin Games. He announced Saturday he is putting his NHL coaching career on hold. His mother, Phyllis, is battling lung cancer.

"Our whole process here right now is to make sure everything is OK with Wayne and with his mom and that's where our focus is," Hockey ...

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