NHL COMMISSIONER GARY BETTMAN STATEMENT REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF WAYNE GRETZKY AS COYOTES COACH
/ Arizona Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
NEW YORK – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released this statement following the resignation of Wayne Gretzky as the Phoenix Coyotes’ Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations:
"As always, Wayne placed the welfare of the team ahead of his own in making this extremely difficult decision. While the Coyotes have not had the degree of on-ice success that always has been Wayne's objective, there can be no question he has played a vital role in the youth movement that has positioned the Coyotes for success in the future.
“We have nothing but admiration for all that Wayne has done for the game, and are extremely hopeful there will be a prominent role for Wayne with the Coyotes if the League's bid for the Club is successful. We look forward to his continued involvement."