Originally created 02/03/01

Gretzky to go for Canadian gold



SALT LAKE CITY -- Wayne Gretzky failed to win an Olympic gold medal for Canada in 1998. He hopes to succeed in 2002 as executive director of the Canadian national team.

The Great One will help select the players going to Salt Lake City.

"It's a great job with a lot of tough decisions because there are a lot of great Canadian players," Gretzky told the Salt Lake Tribune. "It will be tough to pick the right 20 to mesh and commit to each other."

Gretzky, who holds more than 60 NHL records and is the league's career scoring leader, will be assisted by NHL general managers and coaches.

He will soon announce the first eight players on the team, but don't expect any goalies to be on the initial list. Patrick Roy, Curtis Joseph, Martin Brodeur and Ed Belfour are the top four candidates, and Sean Burke also has drawn Gretzky's attention.

"It's a good problem to have with so many excellent goalies," Gretzky said. "We have to wait until we feel completely confident and comfortable with our decisions."