Gretzky optimistic about NHL lockout, thinks labour deal will be done by Jan. 1
The Great One is optimistic about the NHL's labour situation.
Wayne Gretzky said Monday that he believes the league's current lockout will end before the showcase Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I believe in my heart, maybe because I'm such a big hockey fan, that they will be playing by Jan. 1," said Gretzky during a question and answer period at a panel discussion on personal finance. "I think the hard part of their deal was the last negotiations (in 2004) of players agreeing to a salary cap.