VANCOUVER -- For much of Wednesday evening, the fans in Vancouver's GM Place amused themselves by jeeringly chanting, "Cu-Jo, Cu-Jo" in the hope of rattling Phoenix Coyotes netminder Curtis Joseph.
"I don't mind," Joseph said afterward, laughing. "It shows they think I'm important."
But towards the end of the game, they switched to "Gretz-ky, Gretz-ky."
Gretzky himself didn't mind. In fact, he hadn't even heard it because he was too focused on his team, but said if he had, it wouldn't have bothered him.
It bothered Coyotes forward Brett Hull though.
"I don't want to say it was low-class," he said, "but I do want to say how easily they forget.
"Three years ago, he brought home the gold medal. Then he brought home the World Cup again. He is the Babe Ruth of hockey and you're going to chant at him like that disrespectfully?
"I don't think it's very fair. I don't think it's fair at all."
Gretzky also was instrumental in acquiring the 2010 Olympics for the Vancouver-Whistler area.