Wayne Gretzky steps down from role with Edmonton Oilers, headed to TNT

Jun 21, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Wayne Gretzky presents Edmonton Oilers player Connor McDavid with the Hart Trophy as the league MVP during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Greatest Hockey Player in Oilers and NHL history has stepped down from his role with the organization. This news was released via Wayne Gretzky’s social media account.

Wayne Gretzky steps down from role with Edmonton Oilers

“With great appreciation, i wanted to let everyone know that I have decided to step away as Vice Chairman of the Edmonton Oilers effective today,” Gretzky wrote. “Given the pandemic and other life changes, I realize I will bot be able to dedicate the time nor effort needed to support this work class organization.”

The Great One went on to thank the Katz family for their support and friendship while he was in the role.

Wayne Gretzky’s next stop TV?

Wayne Gretzky TV analyst
Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky (The Province)

Wayne Gretzky TV analyst? The Great One could be the next great analyst if TNT can get its way. According to published reports, ESPN is out of the picture for old 99 but TNT is making a hard push.

The most interesting aspect of this story is that TNT is using Wayne’s old buddy and neighbor Charles Barkley to recruit him. If successful, Gretzky would easily be the biggest draw in hockey television coverage in ages.

ESPN is out on Wayne Gretzky, paving the way for The Great One potentially going to TNT as an analyst for its NHL studio coverage, The Post has learned. Gretzky’s role with TNT would be akin to Charles Barkley’s on “Inside The NBA.” If a deal is done, Gretzky, 60, is expected to command in the range of $5 million per year, according to sources. Turner has put the full-court press on for Gretzky by using Barkley, the Great One’s former neighbor in Arizona, as its chief recruiter, according to sources.

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Here’s to seeing Wayne Gretzky in beautiful HD talking about the great game of hockey.

UPDATE: Wayne Gretzky headed to TNT

The NY Post is reporting that Wayne Gretzky is indeed headed to broadcasting.

Wayne Gretzky will be a lead analyst on Turner’s forthcoming premiere studio show after agreeing to a contract that will pay him in the neighborhood of $3 million per season, according to sources.

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