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Don Cherry disappointed in Gretzky resignation

Thursday, 09.24.2009 / 3:08 PM / News

The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Hockey commentator Don Cherry says he doesn't understand why Wayne Gretzky is walking away from the Phoenix Coyotes.

Cherry says Gretzky should be on the ice with players, and forget about any financial concerns.

Gretzky has decided to step down as coach and director of hockey operations for the Coyotes, saying both remaining bidders for the troubled team have not included him in their future plans.

Cherry is in Winnipeg today, a city where hockey fans still bemoan the departure of the Jets more than a decade ago.

Cherry says he's confident Winnipeg will get an NHL team again, and says it's only a matter of time before a money-losing franchise from the southern United States relocates to the Manitoba capital.

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