The bitter labor dispute has moved from the boardroom to the courtroom but Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf isn't giving up on a shortened season in 2013.
"We're still hopeful that maybe January we can start this thing and get a half a season in," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "Next couple of weeks here are going to be big." Getzlaf was one of many NHL players, including several Ducks and Los Kings, who took part in a charity game Friday night at a packed Anaheim Ice to raise money for CHOC Children's Hospital and the Jr. Ducks Pee Wee AAA team. The NBA players' union, embroiled in its own labor battle with its league last year, filed a disclaimer of interest and disbanded, as the NHLPA planned to do Friday. NBA commissioner David Stern at that time declared the 2011-12 season in jeopardy but owners and players agreed to end that five-month lockout 12 days later. Getzlaf is hoping for a similar ending but his optimism has now waned. "I'm not confident at all," he said. "I tried to be confident throughout this whole thing and the fact is that it seems every time we try and come close, they push away.