GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Asking a Canadian to criticize Wayne Gretzky is like asking a Catholic to criticize the Pope.
Not going to happen, said Halkirk, Alberta, native and Coyotes captain Shane Doan.
Gretzky is a Canadian icon. A sacred cow. Hes untouchable.
Aside from the wondrous things he did on the ice, the four Stanley Cups he won in Edmonton and the 61 NHL records he still owns, he was the picture of grace in person, giving tirelessly to the community and maintaining that wholesome, golden-boy image that plays just as well on Main Street as it does on Madison Avenue.
Simply put, he earned a nations reverence.
But as the Phoenix Coyotes prepare to face the Los Angeles Kings in the NHLs Western Conference Final, its impossible to ignore the enormous imprint Gretzky left on both of these clubs. Most of his imprint in L.A. was positive; much of his Phoenix imprint left a bitter after-taste.
We all make mistakes, said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, who Gretzky hired in ...