On Tuesday, there were several reports that started a buzz on Twitter that The Great One was being considered for the role of Leafs president, a position that was vacated when the club fired former GM and president Brian Burke earlier in the month.
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported that preliminary discussions about Gretzky possibly joining the franchise had taken place within Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment.
Although Gretzky, who turns 52 on Saturday, cheered for the Maple Leafs when growing up in the Greater Toronto Area, he has never been affiliated with the franchise in any official capacity.
@ajcassidymini Chance Gretzky lands with Leafs… 0.1%. Chance he becomes part of new L.A. Kings ownership group… much, much higher.
Following his record-setting 20-year NHL career that ended in 1999, Gretzky spent four seasons as the Phoenix Coyotes head coach from 2005-2009. He was also the executive director of the Canadian men’s hockey team at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics that won a gold medal and returned to his role four years later at the 2006 Games.