Gretzky sticks to his words

ADAM WAZNY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:51 PM ET

In town preparing for an exhibition tilt against the Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky did not back down from comments he made earlier this month.

Speaking in Toronto, the Great One said: "I often get asked, 'Is Canada going to get another hockey club?' and obviously the City of Winnipeg comes up quite often. And I think people have to realize and understand that it's not so much from a season ticket point-of-view. I'm sure the people of Winnipeg would shell out for 15-16,000 (seats) every single night. But it has to do more with the corporate end of things and the commercial side of hockey."

This morning, after he put his team through its paces at MTS Centre, Gretzky stuck to his words.

"I don't know why it's new news," he said. "I said it 10 years ago that they could sell out every game and that they're great fans here. The issue has been more the corporate side, the business side, not the fan side, so it's really nothing new what I said."

"I've always said it's a good hockey town; I hope they can get a team back here but it makes it difficult because of the corporate world right now. The world we live in has probably been a detriment to getting a franchise here.

"I hope that one day they do get one back."


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