THE GREAT ONE

After months of trying to hammer out a deal with the Phoenix Coyotes, the NHL’s all-time leading goal scorer, Wayne Gretzky (40), is finally able to settle into his new ownership role as managing partner in charge of hockey operations.


AW: What’s the best thing about being an owner?
WG:
I really enjoy the challenge of trying to put together an exciting team on the ice for the fans. We have great fans in Phoenix and we want them to have an enjoyable time at the game, win or lose. I’m especially excited about our new arena in Glendale [set to open in 2003], which will maximize the experience of Coyotes hockey for our fans.     

AW: Does being an owner allow you to spend more time with your family?
WG:
I have more time at home, but it’s never enough. Like any family, we all have things going on. Janet [Jones, his wife of 13 years] is the one that keeps the kids and me in line and makes sure we all have time together.

AW: Have people given you pointers on being an owner?
WG:
I’ve talked to a lot of people about the management side of hockey and have had some enlightening conversations. I need all the help I can get.

AW: Any urge to get out on the ice?
WG:
Absolutely not. I go out and skate with the guys once in a while to help stay in shape, but that’s enough, believe me.