Monday, September 26, 2005

WAYNE GRETZKY AS A COACH

Wayne Gretzky has been named the greatest player in hockey history for taking the sport to new and dizzying heights while establishing himself as the greatest player of all time. His star-studded and classy career he played on four different NHL teams over a 20 year period: The Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers. From the time Wayne Gretzky was a 10-year-old scoring machine in Brantford through his official retirement from the NHL; his greatness has been personified in a great way. His numbers never described the the athletic achievements of this genius, but from the discussion point of view I need to mention 894 goals, 1,963 assists, 20 seasons, four Stanley Cups. In his new incarnation of a head coach with the long underachieving Phoenix Coyotes, Gretzky has realized that his numbers will sound basic and sparse since coaching has a different magnitude and playing has its own plateau. For a position that is all about teaching and guidance, it is an insensitive fact that the appraisal of all coaches begins and ends either wins or losses which determine their stay in a particular team.

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