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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes Managing Partner-Head Coach Wayne Gretzky announced today that he will be returning as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. Gretzky will be behind the bench tonight when the Coyotes play the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion. Gretzky left the team on Dec. 17 to be with his mother Phyllis who passed away on Dec. 19.

"I am excited to be back behind the bench," said Gretzky.  "I am very fortunate to have a great coaching staff and would like to thank Rick Tocchet, Barry Smith and Rick Bowness for all their help while I was away with my family. I would also like to thank Steve Ellman for all his support and my players for all their hard work and understanding throughout this difficult time."

Following tonight's game against the Sharks, the Coyotes will return home to play the Los Angeles Kings at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night and the Colorado Avalanche at 6:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve. For ticket information, please call 480 563 7825.

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