Is Wayne Gretzky bringing a hockey team to Seattle?


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Move over Starbucks, there might be a new franchise coming to town courtesy of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. The New York Post reports:

“Wayne Gretzky has joined a group of investors hoping to bring a National Hockey League team to Seattle, The Post has learned.”

Gretzky’s group is one of three who are looking to build a franchise in Seattle, reports The New York Post, according to their sources. However, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has yet to say if the league is ready to expand. The New York Post continues:

“It is not known if the Gretzky group or either of the other two groups are eyeing an expansion team or hope to move an existing team to the Pacific Northwest.”

Gretzky last attempted to get into the NHL owners circle in 2011 when he tried to buy Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment as part of an equity firm. The NHL ultimately rejected the offer.

As for the latest rumors, Gretzky’s agent Darren Blake says they’re all untrue, well, sort of. He told the Canadian Press:

“As you can imagine prospective team owners from various franchises call frequently to gauge his interest in coming on board. Seattle is no different.”

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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