Wayne Gretzky Confident the NHL Will Return in the Summer

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Wayne Gretzky is confident the NHL will resume play this summer, according to the Canadian Press. The Hockey Hall of Fame member believes the league will find a solution during the season’s pause due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I really believe somehow, someway, that the leadership in this country and in Canada, that we’re going to figure this out,” Gretzky said. He mentions we could see hockey and other sports returning in June, July, or August, but perhaps in different ways.

It has been 41 days since the NHL paused the 2019-20 season because of growing concerns regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. Numerous discussions have taken place about the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs such as a fair format, playing without fans, and arena availability dates.

As of now, it’s most likely a “no-go” on playing games at neutral sites. However, several NHL teams, including the Washington Capitals, have extended the idea to host centralized games.

Despite the many factors that come with returning, The Great One remains hopeful. “Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m too optimistic. I think I’m not. I hope that that’s a good sign for everyone that we’re moving on in life, in business, in sports. I really see in the next couple months something good happening.”

He is self-quarantining in California with his family. Gretzky and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will go head-to-head in The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase and compete in NHL 20 on the Capitals Twitch Channel on Wednesday, April 22, at 8 P.M. ET. in a best-of-three format.

Fans will have an opportunity to make a charitable contribution during the Twitch live stream to benefit the Edmonton Food Bank and Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation’s “Feeding the Frontlines” fund, which provides meals to heroes in the medical community in support of COVID-19 relief. Click here to make a donation.

Further Reading

NHL Draft Could Occur Before 2019-20 Season Resumes, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly Says

How Authentic Crowd Reactions Could Accompany Potential Empty Arena Games

President Trump Holds Call With Sports Commissioners and Team Owners

Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Pro Sports Could Resume In July, But With No Fans

Could New Technologies Assist In COVID-19 Recovery and the Return of Public Sporting Events?

Commissioner Bettman Says NHL Still a Few Weeks Away From Deciding on Season

By Della Young

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Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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