Wayne Gretzky leaves Edmonton Oilers – Edmonton –

Wayne Gretzky leaves Edmonton Oilers – Edmonton – fr

Wayne Gretzky has announced he is stepping down from his role with the Edmonton Oilers.

In a statement on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, the Great One said he was stepping down as vice-chairman of the Oilers effective Tuesday.

“The Oilers, their supporters and the city of Edmonton have represented the world to me and my family for over four decades – and it will never stop,” he said.

“Given the pandemic and other changes in life, I realize that I will not be able to devote the time and effort necessary to support this world-class organization.”

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Gretzky then thanked Daryl and Renee Katz, their family and the team for their support and friendship over the years.

Earlier this year, Gretzky lost his father, Walter, who died at the age of 82.

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The resignation comes a day after the Oilers were eliminated from the NHL playoffs in a triple 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

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Gretzky has been the organization’s vice president since 2016.

Previously, Gretzky was with the Phoenix Coyotes, where he spent time as a co-owner, coach and COO of hockey.

Gretzky spent his most successful years on the ice as an Oiler winning four Stanley Cup championships with the team.

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