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Losing Trust In The NHL

from Sean Gordon and David Ebner of the Globe and Mail,

As the NHL lockout lurches toward the point of no return, warnings are multiplying that the parties are trifling with something very breakable: fan attachment to the game.

Several polls conducted in the past 10 days have found mounting pessimism and indifference among fans, a Toronto corporate branding consultancy discovered the bond between the NHL and Canadian hockey fans may be stretching past the breaking point.

On Tuesday Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a puck historian of some repute, bemoaned the fact the escalating ill will could “imperil a season and a great national sport” in a French-language interview with TVA. He also called the labour disruption a “great danger” for the NHL.

So why isn’t there more urgency from the league and the NHL Players’ Association to sort this thing out?

It’s safe to say some combination of recent history and a dearth of evidence is at work.


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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I wrote this a couple days ago over on A2Y, it sums up how I feel about the NHL, even if they started playin games tomorrow.

I have come to realize that I have other hobbies and interests that more than make up for the loss of NHL hockey. Growing up outside Detroit, I loved the Redwings, Tigers and Lions. But I can count the number of MLB games I’ve attended since the World series was canceled in 1994 on one hand, and every one of them was a free ticket. I still love baseball, but I attend the minor leagues instead.

Now, I’ve reached the same point with hockey. Even though I still feel strongly that this is 100% the fault of the owners, I’m not supporting either side any longer wth my money. No more tickets, No more gear. No more game center. I’m not going to spend a dime on the NHL when it resumes. I know that Lil’ Gary and the owners won’t miss my dollars, but I worked too hard for those dollars to waste them on bastards that care nothing about the game. *#$%@& Bettman and *#$%@& Proskauer Rose. Little shits like them give lawyers a bad name. And *#$%@& “moderates” like Ilitch and Berkle too that have allowed Bettman and Jacobs to get away with this shit. In short, *#$%@& the NHL.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 12/19/12 at 02:42 PM ET

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