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In Edmonton for golf tourney, Gretzky defends Kevin Lowe and city

The current coach of the Phoenix Coyotes said he’s not part of the chorus vilifying Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe for going after restricted free agents like Dustin Penner. “He’s not doing anything against the system or behind the backs of anyone, and good for him.”

On reports that Edmonton is now considered the Siberia of hockey for pro players: “It’s a wonderful place to be an athlete. The facilities are outstanding and the support you get not only from fans but from corporate sponsorship is as good as anywhere in the National Hockey League.”

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On fame: “Gordie Howe told me when I was 17-years old that signing autographs beats working for a living. So it’s part of my life and it doesn’t phase me.”