A day after the Edmonton Oilers were swept in the first round by Winnipeg, Wayne Gretzky has left his post as the team’s vice chairman effective immediately.
In a statement posted to social media, Gretzky cited an inability to give the role the attention it requires.
“The Oilers, their fans, and the city of Edmonton have meant the world to me and my family for over four decades — and that will never end,” Gretzky wrote. “Given the pandemic and other life changes, I realize I will not be able to dedicate the time nor effort needed to support this world-class organization.”
The news comes amidst rumors of Gretzky being in talks to join TNT as an analyst for the network’s upcoming foray as an official NHL broadcaster.
Gretzky, 60, rejoined the Oilers in 2016 after previously spending 10 seasons with the team from 1978-1988.