Could the Great One step back behind the bench to give coaching another shot?

There is a chance of that happening as Sean Burke, Canada’s general manager for the upcoming Spengler Cup tournament, has approached Wayne Gretzky about the idea of him guiding the team.

"It was a nice surprise when Sean called," Gretzky told The Athletic on Tuesday. "I thanked him. I was excited about it. Team Canada is pretty special. I think the Spengler Cup is the oldest tournament that we know of. It's a pretty nice honor. I told him I needed some time (to sort things out). The only problem for me is that it's over Christmastime. It's a tough decision to make."

"So, we're talking about it and debating it," he added. "But it's a great honor that he reached out."

While the legendary hockey player has suited up to wear the maple leaf many times, he has never coached Team Canada. He also built the Canadian team that won the Olympic gold medal in 2002, as well as the Canadian squad that won the World Cup of Hockey in 2004.

The Great One’s initial coaching run as the bench boss for the Arizona Coyotes from 2005 to 2009. During his tenure the desert dogs went 143-161-24 before he stepped down prior to the 2009-10 NHL season.

Gretzky also was on the bench coaching the Metropolitan Division All-Stars, which included the likes of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, to victory in the three-on-three format at the 2017 All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

The 2019 Spengler Cup takes place from December 26 to 31 in Davos, Switzerland. Canada will look to get back on the top of the mountain at the tournament after dropping the 2018 title game to KalPa Kuopio of the Finnish League.

The loss halted a three-year winning streak as the Canadian Club looked to become the all-time winningest club at the tournament. Currently, Canada is tied with the host club, HC Davos, with 15 Spengler Cup championships.