Gretzky was tired of hockey for the first time ever. He didn't want to play another season with his foolish coach and after he had won 4 Stanley Cups and 8 Hart Trophies even though he was the greatest hockey player at the time.
I'm tired of hockey.
Gretzky needed to assemble his team again in order to win the Canada Cup once again for his coach, Keenan.
Just give me one shot, that's all I asked for.
Mike Keenan won the Calder Cup in the AHL so he thought he was now ready to coach the Canada Cup in the NHL. He ended up quitting and returned to the University of Toronto.
The Team Canada Administration had to make a decision whether to cut one of their best players, Steve Yzerman, or not. They didn't think that he was better than Gretzky, Lemieux, or Messier, so they cut him.
He didn't deserve to make it and that's not a slight against Steve Yzerman.
Gretzky led his team in goals but they were smoked by the Russians in the gold medal game. Gretzky says that was the worst experience of his career.
Most of the Russian team left to Finland to play more seasons there but they would all return.