Wayne Gretzky to stay a fan, doesn't envision return to NHL
And among those fans unwilling to budge - still holding out firm belief that the Kings will be reckoned with in the playoffs - is Wayne Gretzky, who's enjoying life after the NHL, and life as a fan, far too much to give it up.
Right now, that is.
"I always say never is a long time, but right now it's just probably not going to happen for me," Gretzky said at Luc Robitaille's statue unveiling outside Staples Center on Saturday.
"I'm a huge fan of the game. I love watching it. I'm a huge L.A. Kings fan. I really admire what the organization has done for not only hockey in this town but for hockey in general," he added.
"I think Dean (Lombardi) has done a wonderful job and Darryl (Sutter) is the best coach in hockey, and until somebody beats them, that's the way it is. It's really special. I feel like a fan, like everyone else. I enjoy watching them play."
Of course, The Great One didn't enjoy a heaping slab of success in his initial return to the NHL, finishing with a .473 winning percentage after four seasons behind the bench of the Phoenix Coyotes.
He also only recently became a grandfather, which is surely helping tether him to the homefront.
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