Last week I was delivered a package from the Philadelphia Flyers. Now most of you would think that’s a good thing but as a Flyers season ticket holder I knew it was a nothing more than a joke. As I opened the envelope and reviewed the tickets for all the great games in my season ticket package I knew it was a long shot I’d actually attend any, not because of other obligations but because once again the lights have gone dark on the NHL. Rinks and practice facilities around North America have officially gone dark as of 12:01AM Sunday Sept 16th with no end in sight.
This is the second lockout facing the NHL in the past decade. The last one in 2004-05 wiped out the entire season and it was the first time since 1919 the Stanley Cup was not delivered to any team. Because of the severity of the last lockout there is a great amount of fear surrounding what may happen with this one. Die hard hockey fans like myself around the country fear the worst. Commissioner Gary Bettman said it himself that hockey fans are the greatest, most loyal fans in the world which I absolutely agree with him on. Hockey is a niche sport and those of us that watch daily live and breathe with it. The problem is that loyalty is now being used against us. The commissioner and owners know for a fact fans will return no matter how long the game stays inactive. Arenas will fill whenever a new deal between the players and owners is struck and both sides will capitalize on our wallets. Sadly the only way to make a statement is for fans to stay away from the game they love once it’s returns.Continue Reading