Wayne Gretzky: Ban Russia from the World Junior Hockey Tournament


Wayne Gretzky has weighed in on the Russia-led invasion of Ukraine.


“We wish everybody in Ukraine all our best. Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” Gretzky said during Saturday night’s TNT broadcast. “We all agree that this is a senseless war.”


The Hockey Hall of Fame member Gretzky gave his thoughts on Russian participation in international events as a possible no-go in the future.


In su,, Gretzky doesn’t think that Russia should be allowed to compete in the rescheduled World Juniors.


“I think [the IIHF] should say we’re not going to let them play in the world junior hockey tournament,” Gretzky said. “I think we’ve got to as Canadians take that stance since the game is … going to be played in Edmonton.”


Gretzky added that he’d been in contact with a “couple guys” living in Ukraine.


“They’re actually driving from Kyiv with their families for 14 hours, dropping them off, driving back and picking up rifles and guns so they can protect their own city,” he said.


“We are talking with all participants and are negotiating on details,” IIHF President Luc Tardif of the future World Junior tournament.


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