Wayne Gretzky tells TMZ ... the NHL has GOT to figure out a way to end the lockout and bring hockey back ASAP.
He also made it clear that we can't date his daughter.
Wayne was out in L.A. yesterday ... and told us he doesn't have any solutions to get pro hockey up and running again ... but says, "Hopefully they get it worked out though ... we need hockey back."
"It's disappointing for everybody," Wayne added.
And while he was there, our photog asked for permission to date Wayne's super hot daughter Paulina. Permission was not granted.
And if you're not familiar with her work, enjoy the photo below ...
Chicago Hockey Legend
Jay Cutler Jersey [VIDEO]
9/24/2012 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler might officially be the most hated man in the Windy City -- because last night, one of Chicago's most storied sports legends turned his back on the guy ... TORCHING Cutler's jersey inside a bar.
The video was shot inside Stanley's Kitchen and Tap in Downtown Chicago -- showing Chicago Blackhawks legend Chris Chelios lighting Jay's jersey on fire while some hot chick dangles it from her fingers.
One source inside the bar tells us Chris lit the jersey then said, Cutler's "nothing but a bitch."
FYI -- Cutler has been under heavy fire in Chicago from Bears fans who think he's not just a terrible QB ... but a cancer in the locker room who's bringing down the team.
Cutler's performance on Sunday didn't do much to win over his critics -- Jay had a very underwhelming performance in the Bears victory over the Rams ... throwing an interception and ZERO touchdowns.
We reached out to Chelios for comment -- so far, no word back.
Dead NHL Star's Parents
File $9.8 Million Lawsuit
9/21/2012 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The parents of former NHL player Derek Boogaard -- who died last year -- have filed a $9.8 million lawsuit against the NHL Player's Association, claiming the org. FAILED to take the proper steps to help them collect the balance on Derek's NHL contract after he passed away.
28-year-old Derek died on May 13, 2011 from a fatal mixture of drugs and alcohol.
In the lawsuit, Derek's parents claim he was addicted to prescription pills at the time of his death ... partly because he had been prescribed "a multitude of narcotics and sleeping pills by both the team doctors, physicians, trainers, and dentists of the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild."
Because Derek's parents believe the NHL teams are partly responsible for their son's death, they turned to the NHL PA which promised to help them file a grievance to get the Rangers to pay out the rest of Derek's multi-million dollar 4-year contract with the team.
But, according to the lawsuit, the NHL PA failed to file the grievance by the required deadline, so the Boogaards were unable to collect ... and now the Boogaards are PISSED.
Derek's parents are demanding the NHL PA make things right by shelling out the $4.8 million PLUS $5 million in punitive damages.
A rep for the NHLPA tells TMZ, "We are saddened to read reports that the parents of the late Derek Boogaard have filed a lawsuit against the NHLPA. We have not been served with or seen a copy of the complaint, but we are confident that there is no meritorious claim that can be made against the NHLPA in regard to Derek's tragic death. It is not appropriate to comment further at this time."
L.A. Kings Drew Doughty
Officially Cleared in
7/18/2012 2:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Kings star Drew Doughty has been officially cleared of raping a woman he hooked up with in a bar ... TMZ has learned.
As TMZ first reported, the NHL defenseman had been investigated after the woman accused him of forcibly having sex with her at his home back in March ... after bumping into each other in a Hermosa Beach, CA bar.
According to the the L.A. County District Attorney's Office ... the alleged victim "told the investigating officer that she had consensual sex with suspect" a few months prior to the March incident.
The D.A. says there is insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt -- and as a result Doughy will not be prosecuted.
Law enforcement sources have told TMZ there were "major issues" with the woman's credibility.
L.A. Kings Star
To Be Cleared in
6/19/2012 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is being investigated for rape following an incident back in March -- when a woman accused him of forcibly having sex with her -- but TMZ has learned, the D.A. will be rejecting the case.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the woman in question filed a police report following the March 1st encounter -- claiming she bumped into Doughty at a bar in Hermosa Beach early that morning, and he asked her to come back to his place.
We're told ... the alleged victim told police she loudly rejected Doughty in front of his teammates -- calling him an "a**hole" -- and his teammates laughed.
Sources say the girl told police Doughty was embarrassed following the diss -- then wrangled her into a cab, took her home, and raped her.
The girl said she took a cab back to her place after the sex and later went to the hospital -- where police interviewed her and collected rape evidence.
The case has been under investigation since -- but police sources tell us, it will be rejected by the D.A. due to lack of evidence. We're told law enforcement has "major issues" with the woman's credibility.
Bottom line -- Doughty will be off the hook.
Calls to Doughty's camp were not returned.
Boozing with Little People
... and Chuck Liddell
6/14/2012 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Stanley Cup was a whore last night ... because it let all sorts of strangers rub their mouths and butts all over it for hours ... and TMZ has the pics.
The enablers were several members of the world champion L.A. Kings -- who treated Stanley to a night of mayhem at Beacher's Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
During the show, the Kings were entertained by The Little Kings -- a band of little people dressed up like their NHL counterparts ... who used the cup as a chair when their tiny feet got tired.
We're told the Kings arrived to the party with David Beckham ... and were met at the venue by UFC legend Chuck Liddell ... who filled the cup with beer and had the Kings hoist it up so he could chug with the champs.
But Stanley's night ended early -- 'cause the cup has a curfew. We're told right before midnight, reality star Frankie Delgado and his partner Josh Richman helped the cup's minders whisk Stanley out of the venue ... so it could be all gussied up for today's championship parade.
New Jersey Devils
Party Bus Rolls
After Stanley Cup Loss
6/13/2012 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The New Jersey Devils had a rough time scoring on the L.A. Kings -- which didn't stop them from trying to go top shelf ... on a couple of chicks outside their party bus! What Stanley Cup defeat?
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The First Place
We Took the Cup Was ...
6/12/2012 10:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Stanley Cup is probably nursing the mother of all hangovers right now ... 'cause hours after the L.A. Kings beat up the NJ Devils, the champions took the trophy to their favorite local bar in Hermosa Beach.
Stanley Cup Finals MVP Jonathan Quick -- along with several of his teammates -- brought Stanley to the North End Bar and Grill last night ... where the unofficial team celebration went down.
But Stanley wasn't the only piece of championship hardware in the building, Quick also brought along his MVP trophy ... which sat right next to Lord Stanley's Cup at the front of the bar.
Go Kings Go.
The Losers Can Party Too
6/12/2012 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The NJ Devils couldn't have been too upset after the L.A. Kings destroyed 'em in the Stanley Cup Finals last night ... 'cause the whole team put on their finest suits and partied their faces off in Hollywood!
Jacob Josefson and a bunch of his teammates hit up the AV Nightclub for a little while ... before piling into cabs and limos and speeding off into the night.
In case you missed it, the Kings took the cup in Game 6 last night ... and in a shocking turn of events, nobody destroyed the city in a crazy victory riot. Suck on that, Vancouver!!
L.A. Kings Fever
THE FANATIC PHOTOS
6/9/2012 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
As the L.A. Kings continue fighting to win the Stanley Cup, it seems like everyone in Hollywood is now a HUGE fan.
But for those holding out on the NHL fandemonium, TMZ created a patent-pending Bandwagon3000 -- which turns any ordinary celebrity photo ... into an action-packed hockey pic!
Check out which stars are now ready to faceoff.
Taylor Swift Ditches CMTs
to Jump on Kings Bandwagon
6/7/2012 6:10 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
Despite having three nominations, country darling Taylor Swift skipped the CMT Awards in Nashville last night ... to watch the the L.A. Kings at a bar instead.
Wearing a floral prairie dress and sensible shoes, the 22-year-old -- who also lost in all 3 nominated categories -- was spotted leaving The Cut Saloon in Brentwood after watching Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The serial dater's award no-show comes on the heels of John Mayer complaining in Rolling Stone magazine that he was "humiliated" by Taylor's song "Dear John," which is allegedly about the adult-contemporary crooner.
Anyway, Kings lost to the N.J. Devils. So ... good choice, Taylor.
L.A. Kings Fans
Taunt N.J. Devils
With 'Jersey Shore'
6/5/2012 3:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was a real "puck you" to the New Jersey Devils Monday night, as L.A. Kings fans taunted their rivals with blown up images of an even famous-er N.J. franchise -- the cast of "Jersey Shore."
Devils players may not have gotten the joke, since 18 are not even American, but fans sure did.
In the end, Snooki, The Situation, Pauly D and Jwoww may have been L.A.'s secret weapon, because the Kings won 4 zip, which puts them 1 game away from their first Stanley Cup.
Finally, Snooki and Sitch did something useful.
Boozy Lap Dancing
on Sunset Blvd
5/18/2012 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Most people go to Boa for steak ... Pam Anderson goes to Boa to lap dance ... and the crotch-grinding was all caught on tape.
The 44-year-old former "Baywatch" star hit up the restaurant after the L.A. Kings playoff victory last night ... and she was in the mood to party.
Pam was hanging out at a table in the front of the restaurant with a bunch of guys ...and after a few swigs of vino ... a sexually-charged Anderson offered up some quality table-dances to some of her friends.
Isn't is great when the Kings win?