Earlier on Friday it was reported that NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky had joined an investor group that is trying to get an NHL team in the city of Seattle.
Today we’re learning that Gretzky’s involvement in the investor group extended no further than a simple phone call to listen to an inquiry and The Great One has in fact not joined any group that is trying to move any team anywhere.
“As you can imagine prospective team owners from various franchises call frequently to gauge his interest in coming on board. Seattle is no different,” Gretzky’s agent Darren Blake told The Canadian Press.
There are many NHL fans hoping that a team can make its way up to the Pacific Northwest as despite there being a strong hockey following there isn’t really a team that region can rely on to call their own. Ownership from fans has been staked in any one of the three California teams and fans in Seattle have looked north to Vancouver to find a local team to support.
Seattle is a booming spots town and the push from NBA fans to get the Seattle Sonics back means that if the city were to also get an NHL team we could see Seattle turn into a sports mecca of sorts and create a fourth major sports market in America to compete with New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.