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The lesson here for my kids, all die-hard Thrashers fans including one 14-year-old hockey player, is that rich men can bend rules, twist words, sacrifice loyal followers and essentially do what they want — all in the name of profit and business. That is a horrible way to run a self-proclaimed “community asset” and a horribly cruel lesson thrust upon kids with jerseys, helmets, gloves, shirts and rooms covered in Thrashers and NHL logos.

-Brian H. Gedeon, an ardent Atlanta Thrashers supporter.  More at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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This is the same sad lesson that many of us learned as kids ourselves in 1980. We were foolish enough to fall back in love with NHL hockey with the Thrashers, thinking that they wouldn’t snatch it away from us TWICE.  We thought Bettman would stand up for us like he stood up for all those other teams. Our owners failed and we pay the price.

I am a teacher, and I’ve already had emails and texts from students expressing their sadness and consoling me, since they know I’m such a huge Thrashers fan.

One boy, Collin, has MS, and I got to treat him and his bestie to a game on his 13th birthday. Since they were in wheelchairs they got great seats behind the attack twice goal and they were in heaven. He texted me yesterday to tell me how sad he is, and how much it “stinks”. I agree.

Posted by BRIANNE TURGEON from Atlanta on 06/01/11 at 10:58 PM ET

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Unfortunately it’s the same lesson with everything in life. If you don’t have enough money to have a voice, you don’t matter. It can be a sports team, a band, or a company relocating to a less expensive country for labor.

People don’t matter to the suits in charge. Never have, and if they say so it’s just to get access to our wallets. No other reason.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 06/02/11 at 07:27 AM ET

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No, the lession should be that just because someone is rich doesn’t automatically mean that they know what they are doing. Although Atlanta is a crap sports town (too many transits), if the team had even minor success on the ice we probably wouldn’t be having this discussion. The blame for that should rest on the doorstep of ownership and Don Waddell, hockey’s answer to Matt Millen. How that man lasted 11 years, with all those high draft pics and nothing to show for it I’ll never know. Columbus and Florida are in the same situation. They have no idea how to run a hockey team, let alone a sports team.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 06/02/11 at 11:05 AM ET

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