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Canada hopes Gretzky's great in front office, too

Wayne Gretzky was on the sidelines when Canada lost to the Czech Republic in Nagano. Now, he's trying to help Canada -- and in part, himself -- recover from the Trauma of '98.

Originally Published: September 6, 2001
By George Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

The image is seared into the consciousness of a nation: Wayne Gretzky, alone on the bench four years ago in Nagano, chin-strap undone and hanging loosely, head bowed, inconsolable.

The greatest scorer the game has known, or ever will, left to rot during a shootout in a semi-final of arguably the most anticipated hockey tournament in history.

No one had ever worn the Maple Leaf more passionately, more willingly and with more dignity than Wayne Gretzky. And in his farewell turn for his ...

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