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Wayne Gretzky will coach in NHL All-Star game

Wayne Gretzky will coach in NHL All-Star game

Wayne Gretzky was appointed coach of the Metropolitan Division team for Sunday’s NHL All-Star game in place of Columbus Coach John Tortorella, who relinquished the job earlier this week.

Tortorella told the Columbus Dispatch he needed time “to take care of something very important to my family and my son.” He later said a dog belonging to his son, an active duty U.S. Army Ranger, had fallen ill. “I needed to see this through,” said Tortorella, who also missed the Blue Jackets’ final game before the All-Star break.

Gretzky, an ambassador for the league’s centennial celebrations and one of the top 100 players honored by the NHL on Friday, got...

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