Tag:Wayne Gretzky
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:14 pm

Gretzky's daughter closes down Twitter account

paulinaBy: Adam Gretz

So it's come to this.

The hottest story (in more ways than one, I suppose) related in some way to the NHL on Tuesday has been the news that Wayne Gretzky's 22-year-old daughter, Paulina, recently deleted her Twitter account that was presumably being used to help push her acting, singing and modeling career, as well as mainly posting some racy photos of her and her friends living the party lifestyle (we've selected one of the safest ones, which you can see to the right. Paulina is the one on the right). 

It was all brought to the attention of the masses by The Chive earlier this month. Fun times.

Well, for a little while, anyway.

The fun ended last week when she sent her final Tweet which read, via the Montreal Gazette, "Having a nice sit down dinner with my dad about social media..haha."

And then it was gone, and there was much mourning around the Internet. So much so that the Vancouver Sun has taken the time to put together a huge photo gallery of some of the pictures that helped make up the now-deleted account, which you can check out (and, of course, it goes without saying that's probably not safe the for the office).

The speculation, fueled by the Toronto Star, is that the Great One urged his daughter to tone it down due to his reported interest in purchasing the Toronto Maple Leafs.

(H/T Deadspin, Puck Daddy)

Photo: Vancouver Sun

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Category: NHL
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:55 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 9:03 pm

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan not selling Leafs

By Brian Stubits

Forget the story about an American investment group buying the Maple Leafs and having Wayne Gretzky join them. Forget about any group buying the Maple Leafs (and the other pieces of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment).

The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, which owns MLSE (includes the Leafs, AHL Marlines, MLS' Toronto FC and NBA's Raptors), has no plans of selling their majority stake in the company. Here is what was posted on the MLSE website on Friday.

It was confirmed this morning that Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’) has decided to maintain its ownership stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE). From the onset, we knew a change in ownership was not a foregone conclusion. Teachers’ said then they were exploring the possibility of a sale in response to unsolicited expressions of interest they had received.

Teachers’, along with Kilmer Sports, are great owners. They have always provided our teams with the resources needed to compete on the ice, on the court and on the pitch. MLSE has been operating ‘business as usual’ throughout this process and will continue to do so.

That's that. The Teachers were only being prudent and listening to the inquiries, but that's a pretty good investment they have and parting with it was going to require a really good deal, more than the company is worth. I get the impression that a lot of Leafs fans would prefer to have an owner that has a face, instead of a group, I'm not sure what difference it makes. That's why there is a president and GM on the team.

It just means that Gretzky nor an American group will be owning the Leafs any time soon. Part of me says that's a shame just from an entertainment standpoint.

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Posted on: November 25, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 4:48 pm

Winter Classic alumni game rosters announced

By: Adam Gretz

Before the current Flyers and Rangers meet on the ice for the Winter Classic on Jan. 2, a pair of teams made up of players from their past will hit the ice for an alumni game on Jan. 31 at Citizens Bank Park. After a few confirmations and several rumors of the players involved, we finally have the rosters, and no, Wayne Gretzky will not be suiting up for the Rangers, and we won't be seeing a legion of doom reunion due to the absence of Mikael Renberg.


Coaches: Pat Quinn, Keith Primeau, Mike Nykoluk

Players: Neil Little, Mark Laforest, Chris Therien, Derian Hatcher, Kjell Samuelsson, Larry Goodenough, Eric Desjardins, Terry Carkner, Joe Watson, Brad Marsh, Mark Howe, John Leclair, Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi, Bobby Clarke, Rick Tocchet, Shjon Podein, Jim Dowd, Orest Kindrachuck, Bob Kelly, Reggie Leach, Bill Barber, Ken Linesman, Brian Propp, Al Hill


Coaches: Mike Keenan, Emile Francis, Colin Campbell

Players: Glenn Anderson, Dan Blackburn, Paul Broten, Ron Duguay, Nick Fotiu, Mike Gartner, Adam Graves, Ron Greschner, Pat Hickey, Darius Kasparaitis, Kris King, Nick Kypreos, Tom Laidlaw, Darren Langdon, Brian Leetch, Dave Maloney, Stepane Matteau, Brian Mullen, Dale Purinton, Mathieu Schneider, Darren Turcotte, John Vanbiesbrouck

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Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:36 am

Gretzky approached by group interested in Leafs?

By Brian Stubits

Earlier this week a report surfaced that an American investment group was interested in purchasing the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan's stake of 80 percent in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. At the same time, we had a little fun with the idea of an American owner adding to an American GM, American coach and an American leading scorer for arguably Canada's biggest team.

Well, the group might be adding one of Canada's most recognized faces to the party.

As reported by Sportsnet in Canada, Providence Equity has reached out to Wayne Gretzky about the Great One coming board ownership of MLSE with them in a potential purchase. MLSE also includes the Marlies (AHL), Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS) and Air Canada Centre.

"Yes, I've been approached by multiple firms considering the purchase of MLSE," Gretzky told Sportsnet.

That would certainly increase the cachet of a group trying to buy the majority of the Leafs.

While obviously Gretzky would not have a big part whatsoever as far as ownership stake is concerned -- the asking price for the majority share is believed to be more than $1.5 Billion -- he could be somewhat of a face for the group. One comment I received on Twitter about the original story was that it wasn't an American ownership group that concerned this Leafs fan, but the lack of a single face.

At this point, the purchase of MLSE by Providence or any other group still seems like a long-shot, but the OTPP has indicated it is looking to sell. So really it's a guessing game what involvement Gretzky would have at all. He tried his hand in the executive aspect of hockey down in Phoenix, which wasn't the greatest experience of his NHL career. Maybe the potential buyers would just be looking at him as a figurehead, a mascot if you will. Or perhaps he would sort of serve in a more functional role and be the face among the group.

It could be a very savvy move by Providence if they want to really try and purchase 80 percent of MLSE. It could help ease some of the xenophobic fears about an American group owning the team. Not to say that Leafs fans are against American involvement, but you know there would be a hint of xenophobia if this came to fruition.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:27 am

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

By Brian Stubits

In the last two days, all of the Winter Classic news surrounded the roster for the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Game roster. Eric Lindros: In. John LeClair: In. Mikael Renberg: Not so much.

But what about the Rangers side? The names like Mark Messier and Brian Leetch seem like givens, but the name everybody was hoping to see, Wayne Gretzky? It doesn't look promising on that front.

“No, I’ll be with my family for the holidays," Gretzky told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. “Plus, they don’t need to see a 50-year-old slow guy out there!"

Gretzky is aware that the game has a lot of guys 50 and older, right? Even if he were 80 I think people would love to see Gretzky out there. The family reason, though? Hard to argue with that.

Now if this holds and Messier can't get in his old friend's ear, it does seem sort of right. After all, Gretzky did play a little in New York, but he's identified with the Oilers and Kings. In a way it would seem cheap to me to have Gretzky with the Rangers in an alumni game. He spent just the final three seasons of his career in the Big Apple. Not exactly the defining days of his career.

Still, I can only imagine that Gretzky would be the best player if he took part.

Photo: Getty Images

Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 4:22 pm

Gretzky's trick-shot video to top them all

By Brian Stubits

There are tons of videos out there of trick shots. Compilations like this one of people showing off their skills. A lot of them are pretty damn impressive, if I may so say myself.

You know who's not impressed? The Great One.

Wayne Gretzky starts his own version of a trick-shot video with a simple message: "Sometimes I see people trying trick shots on the Internet. Believe me it's embarrassing. So today I'm going to show you how it's done, Gretzky style."

Now if the fact that it's posted on College Humor wasn't clue enough, I think you definitely get the idea by the third shot that this is a parody. Although I think one or two of these would be doable and I'd love to see the best trick-shot champs to make them.

Personally, my favorite is the Seinfeld shot.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:52 pm

Jeremy Roenick reenacts Swingers scene

By: Adam Gretz

The video below, which comes via the folks at Hugging Harold Reynolds, features former NHL star Jeremy Roenick appearing in a reenactment of a scene from the 1996 movie Swingers. The original scene featured Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Patrick Van Horn playing a game of EA Sports NHL '93, with Roenick's character as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks being one of the focal points of the game and conversation (as well as making Wayne Gretzky's head bleed).

Last week many of you in the comments disagreed (strongly!) with my suggestion of adding Roenick to the NHL '12 legends series because there are more worthy players throughout the history of the game. And I don't disagree with that. My suggestion had little to do with his Roenick's status as one of the NHL's all-time greats (though, he was certainly an awesome player), and more to do with his status as a video game and pop culture icon, thanks in large part to EA Sports and this movie. It is, after all, just a video game.

Anyway, here's the clip (and there is probably some language that's deemed not safe for work, so if you're in the office, turn it down. And here's the original scene from the movie ... with language that's definitely not safe for the office.)...

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:17 am
Edited on: August 13, 2011 12:56 pm

Daily Skate: Khabibulin to start house arrest

By: Adam Gretz

KHABIBULIN TO START HOUSE ARREST Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who has been serviving a jail sentence from last February's DUI arrest in Arizona, is scheduled to start serving the house arrest portion of his sentence on Sunday according to Dan Tencer of CHED 630 AM on Twitter. Khabibulin's agent says he's handled the situation "fine" and is looking forward to camp.

HARTNELL LOOKING TO BE MORE OF A LEADER The Philadelphia Flyers re-tooled their lineup this summer, and with absence of veterans and top-scorers Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Ville Leino, veteran forward Scott Hartnell is looking to be more of a leader for the young roster and all of its new players.

Free agent defenseman Lee Sweat signed a two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators this offseason, and on Friday surprisingly announced his retirement from hockey before the start of training camp. According to his agent he's looking to pursue outside business interests. The 25-year-old defenseman appeared in three games with the Vancouver Canucks last season and scored one goal to go with one assist, and scored five goals in 41 games with the Manitoba Moose at the AHL level.

GRETZKY SERVES AS AGENT The Chicago Cubs finalized a contract with Trevor Gretzky on Friday, their seventh round draft pick from this year and the son of NHL legend Wayne Gretzy. The interesting part of the story here, because the signing had been reported as likely to happen several weeks ago, is that Gretzky (Wayne) served as the agent for his son and negotiated the contract that will pay a signing bonus of $375,000.

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