On November 6, the NHL and the Players' Association resumed formal talks in New York in hopes of reaching an agreement that will end the 2012 lockout.
We still don't know if it will be a few weeks or many months until we'll see our favorite teams back on the ice.
In the meantime, let's take a look at the face of the Vancouver Canucks, President and General Manager Mike Gillis. During a time when teams don't have much opportunity to be frank with their fans, Gillis appears to be doing everything he can to handle this lockout as well as possible.
Here's a look at Gillis' background, and why he's better positioned than most NHL management figures to see all sides in this difficult situation.