Nine quotes about the NHL lockout

"This is a sad, regrettable day that all of us wish could have been avoided" -- Gary Bettman

"Every day that this thing continues we don't think it's good for the game." -- Bob Goodenow

"This is a tragedy for the players. Their careers are short and this is money and opportunity they'll never get back." -- Gary Bettman

"The scary part now for hockey is do the fans come back? We're not baseball, we're not the national pastime." -- Jim McKenzie

"When emotions are high, things are said, things are done. Ultimately, these players want to play. I know too many of them love the game too much." -- Wayne Gretzky

"I think the deal is not great for the players. It is definitely an owner-friendly deal." -- Jeremy Roenick

"There was no reason to go through all this hell and frustration to get a deal … I think we let our game slip. It's broken right now." -- Barry Melrose

"At the end of the day everybody lost. We almost crippled our industry. It was very disappointing what happened." -- Wayne Gretzky

"We profoundly regret the suffering this has caused our fans, our business partners and the thousands of people who depend on our industry for their livelihoods. If you want to know how I feel, I'll summarize it in one word – terrible." -- Gary Bettman

(Note: All quotes from 2005.)