Wayne Gretzky will be part of TNT as a studio analyst, the community introduced Wednesday.
“I’ve lengthy admired Turner Sports activities’ protection of the NBA, amongst different sports activities, and I am thrilled to be becoming a member of the studio workforce of their inaugural NHL season,” Gretzky stated in an announcement. “That is an thrilling alternative to share my experiences and views on the sport I’ll all the time cherish, whereas hopefully informing and entertaining followers alongside the way in which.”
TNT signed Gretzky to a multi-year deal to work as an analyst in the course of the common season and playoffs. Play-by-play commentator Kenny Albert and analyst Eddie Olczyk can even be part of TNT’s broadcasting crew. They’ll name dwell video games for Turner Sports activities all through the common season and the playoffs.
The information comes at some point after Gretzky stated he’s stepping away from his function because the Edmonton Oilers’ vice chairman.
“The Oilers, their followers, and town of Edmonton have meant the world to me and my household for over 4 many years — and that can by no means finish,” Gretzky wrote in an announcement on Twitter. “Given the pandemic and different life modifications, I notice I won’t be able to dedicate the time nor effort wanted to help this world-class group.
“I wish to thank Daryl & Renee Katz, their household, and whole workforce for all of the help and friendship these final a number of years, and want them nothing however success.”
The Athletic reported earlier this month that ESPN had approached Gretzky, 60, about an on-air function after touchdown a seven-year broadcasting take care of the NHL in March. Shortly after this report, the New York Publish reported that TNT had change into the favourite to land Gretzky for a broadcasting function.