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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."

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."



World Junior Championship Roundup: Canada, Sweden, Germany Snag First Wins

Canada and Sweden both won their first games of the World Junior Championship, while Germany bounced back with an important win over Austria on the second day of action in Edmonton.


Oilers Superfan Ben Stelter Passes Away

Edmonton Oilers superfan Ben Stelter has passed away at the age of six after a battle with cancer, his father announced on Twitter.


NHL Hot Seat Radar: Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes have a deep team, but injuries in the crease plagued them last year. If the Hurricanes are going far this year, they'll need Frederik Andersen to stay healthy, at the very least.