Saturday, February 11, 2006
Turin, Italy The buzz surrounding Wayne Gretzky and his reported knowledge of a gambling ring will not be a distraction to Canada's high-powered hockey team, Canadian Olympic Committee president Michael Chambers vowed Saturday.
The Great One is the executive director of Canada's hockey team, which many expect to win gold.
"Athletes live in the village, they're transported to venues and they're in an envelope of sorts during the games," Chambers said. "I'm sure when Gretzky arrives a lot of the media will be interested in talking to him, but I don't think that's going to distract our athletes in any way.
"Frankly, I believe what Can--ada does at the games will override any momentum this story will have over the next several days."
Gretzky is expected to arrive in Turin on Tuesday -- a week after New Jersey authorities said they were investigating Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet for allegedly financing a sports gambling ring.