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Saturday February 11, 2006
Canadian Olympic executives don't expect Wayne Gretzky
to be a distraction when he arrives in Turin, Italy.

Gretzky, executive director of the Canadian men's hockey
team, and wife Janet Jones, are scheduled to arrive Tuesday
with the players, despite being embroiled in an NHL
gambling scandal.

"We need him here," Hockey Canada president Bob
Nicholson said. "He's the guy that's going to make sure that
everything is in place."

Gretzky is not only Canada's foremost hockey ambassador,
but the primary architect of Canada's winning teams at the
Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games and the World Cup of
Hockey four years ago.

His presence in Turin is guaranteed to create a media circus.

"You know what," Nicholson said. "Wayne has dealt with
the media before.

"He's made it very clear where he is in this situation (the
gambling fiasco). He has not been involved, so there is no
reason for Wayne not to be here."

Gretzky will hold a media conference in Turin to clarify his
position regarding a gambling ring allegedly involving both
Rick Tocchet, an assistant coach for Gretzky's Phoenix
Coyotes, and Jones, who reportedly placed bets.
Games brace for Gretzky's arrival
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