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Saturday, 12.17.2005 / 4:49 PM MT / News
Arizona Coyotes


GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes Managing Partner - Head Coach Wayne Gretzky announced today that he will relinquish his head coaching duties indefinitely (for family reasons) prior to tonight's game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Gretzky will be traveling to Ontario, Canada this evening to be with his mother Phyllis who is battling lung cancer. Coyotes Associate Coach Rick Tocchet will assume the Coyotes head coach responsibilities until Gretzky returns behind the bench.

"We respect and support Wayne's decision," said Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett. "Family has always come first to the Gretzky's, as it should. The thoughts and prayers of the Phoenix Coyotes organization, and most surely, those of the entire hockey world, are with Wayne and the Gretzky family at this most difficult time."   

In his first season as head coach, Gretzky has led the Coyotes to a 16-14-2 record in the Western Conference. The Coyotes are tied for third place in the Pacific Division.

The Coyotes next game is on Tuesday, December 20 versus the St. Louis Blues. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Glendale Arena. is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LP. NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2015 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact us | Site Map