Gretzky digs right in with Coyotes

Wayne Gretzky felt it was important enough to address his new team that he took the red eye to Raleigh for Friday's Coyotes-Hurricanes game.

Updated: February 17, 2001, 9:28 PM ET
By Brian A. Shactman | ESPN.com

RALEIGH, N.C. – Want to know how busy Wayne Gretzky was on his first day as part-owner and head of hockey operations for the Phoenix Coyotes?

Saluting No. 99

The buzz around Raleigh before the Hurricanes-Coyotes game Friday was that walk-up sales in response to Gretzky's appearance at the game might result in a rare full house. Unfortunately, the hype went unmet as just 13,812 showed up. But those who did made Gretzky feel like it was a frenzied sellout ...

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