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Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye during joint press conference after their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye during joint press conference after their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
(Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)

How Canada’s trade deal with Seoul takes a cue from Gretzky’s playbook

There was, back in the closed-off rooms where the leaders of Canada and South Korea spoke in Seoul Tuesday, a surprise guest: Wayne Gretzky.

He wasn’t there in person, but in spirit, called on first by the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye. She suggested that “you miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take.” Mr. Harper, the hockey historian, was not to be outdone, dropping his own reference to skating where the puck is headed, another famous Gretzky-ism.