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Prediction: 'Long, long time' until play resumes

Originally Published: January 2, 2005
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Wayne Gretzky, hockey's greatest player and now part owner of the Phoenix Coyotes, believes if the NHL and its locked-out players don't resolve the 3 -month old standoff in the next couple of weeks, a year or more might pass before the league resumes play.

"If we don't figure out a way to make everyone who's part of this sort of happy, we could be looking at a long, long time before hockey's played in the NHL again," Gretzky told reporters prior to Canada's semifinal ...

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