Posted May 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
Wayne Gretzky gave hockey in Los Angeles a significant boost in his eight seasons with the Kings, providing them with some cache in an overloaded market while boosting attendance and interest all the way down to the youth level. He had a similar impact as owner and later coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, though to a different extent and without nearly as much success. Thriving long after Gretzky was gone, the Kings and Coyotes are still reaping the benefits of the Great One's influence as they get ready to start the Western Conference finals Sunday night in the desert. ''His imprint is certainly on both teams,'' Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. ''Both teams should be grateful for the imprint that he's left on them.'' Just don't expect any carry-over affection between these teams. Bottom line is, they just don't like each other. As Pacific Division rivals, the Kings and Coyotes play each other six times a season, enough build up animo...
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