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NHL Legend Wayne Gretzky Takes the Stage to Suggest Groundbreaking Rule Change for NHL

When TNT convinced Wayne Gretzky to join the panel, they pulled off a coup. It’s always fun to hear the GOAT provide insight, and when he makes a statement, people pay attention.

Wayne Gretzky played in the NHL for nearly two decades yet never participated in a shootout. While entertaining, the shootout is extremely contentious because many people believe it is an unfair way to decide a game.

Some players, such as Nicklas Backstrom and Nick Suzuki, have signature shootout moves that leverage on the nature of the game.

These moves take a long time, but according to the current rules, as long as a player is always moving forward, it is permitted.

Gretzky is upset about this, so he has proposed a major rule change: a shot clock in the shootout.

This would undoubtedly alter the shootout and make it less lopsided.

Should Gary Bettman and the NHL listen to Gretzky and implement this rule change?

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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