NHL commissioner Gary Bettman full of praise for Walter Gretzky after death News Staff

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says Walter Gretzky “embodied all that is great about being a hockey parent.”

Bettman released a statement today following the announcement of the death of Wayne Gretzky’s father last night.

The native of Brantford, Ont., was 82.

Bettman says Walter’s influence on the league and the game was “profound.”

Bettman praised Walter for teaching the game to his children on his backyard rink in Brantford.

The Canadian Press

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