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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.
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.
By Della Young