Are you sure you have time, coach?

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

So will Wayne Gretzky have time to head up the Canadian Olympic Team if he's coaching the Phoenix Coyotes?

Or does he figure he'll have fired himself by February?

"I have yet to say whether I am coaching or not. That's still a topic of conversation," said Gretzky.

"At this point and time my thoughts are towards the Olympic program."

Gretzky did not make himself available to Team Canada for the recent IIHF World Hockey Championships due to his mother's health.

He said his mom has had five chemotherapy treatments in her treatment for cancer and is very weak as a result, but that otherwise things are going well.

"My mom is doing pretty well, as good as could be expected under the circumstances," he said.

"She's extremely upbeat and positive."

Gretzky was unable to attend the press conference due to a previous committement, a multi-city tour within the company of former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and other sports legends on behalf of prostate cancer.


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