Just thought I would pass this on, I got a kick out of it this morning. Danny Gare was doing his weekly radio show this morning and told a story about playing with Gretzky while trying out for the Canada Cup team in 85 or so.
Gare was battling for a roster spot and Canada was playing the Russians in an exhibition. Tied 2-2 in the third, Gare was sent out on a line with Gretzky with a faceoff in the Russian zone.
Before the faceoff, Gretzky went to Gare and told him the Russian Golatender (Tretyak?) was out challenging Gretzky high each time he had the puck. Go set up to the side, I'll win the draw and get the puck to you.
Gretzky wins the draw, the goalie comes out on him, he feathers a pass over to Gare who has an open net, Gare hits the crossbar and the puck lands out of play. Gare skates off swearing at himself for missing the open net.
They get to the bench and Gretzky leans over to Gare and say "Sorry about that pass." Gare looks at him in disbelief and Gretzky went on to say the puck fluttered off his stick and went at a 60 degree angle, etc, etc.
Gare looked back at him, still not believing that Wayne was apologizing to him and said "Don't let it (expletive) happen again."
Funny story, and shows the perfectionist of Gretzky. Just wanted to share.