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Morning Line- Ken Campbell

Nobody, but nobody, wants to see the hockey world shut down. Because it sucks very much to have to do that. There are hundreds of thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on there being games played, from the kid who’s picking up extra pocket money refereeing minor hockey to the arena beer vendor to the guys who work at The Hockey News. It’s awful. On Thursday nights, I used to go play hockey and then drink beer with my teammates. Now, I skip the hockey and go straight to the beer drinking. It’s not near as much fun. It’s screwing with our mental health, not to mention our physical well-being. Hockey gives us a reason to get up and move. It brings us together and it provides us with endless fodder for conversation, which enriches relationships.

But doesn’t it just feel like it’s getting to the point where all the gymnastics and rescheduling and uncertainty and risk just aren’t worth it? It’s certainly getting to that point for me.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.  Campbell has more on this topic.

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TreKronor's avatar

Pretty well put by Ken here.  I have gotten to the point where I don’t think we’ll see a “20-21” season or whatever you’d call it. 

Players are fighting for what they already negotiated, they are fighting on principle and to take a stand.  Completely understand.

Teams/Owners are fighting for their financial well being and the ability to even be able to pay payroll.  Completely understand.

As has been the case for so many this year, no one wins.  And in a sport fueled by competitiveness, maybe sometimes that’s the hardest loss to take.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/19/20 at 09:24 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

This is turning into a mess

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 11/19/20 at 10:00 AM ET


I feel bad for the players who are at the most critical junction of there careers, either trying to establish themselves as NHLers (ie Svechnikov) or trying to get on the NHL’s radar. A year or more with little organized development will certainly hinder those players and potentially have a long-term impact on their life.

Of course I also worry about all those who’s living depends on the industry.

The owners and the superstars will be fine if the season isn’t played. I’ll survive without hockey even though I could desperately use it in this very dark time in my life. But there are a lot who will be affected if there is no season.

Posted by evileye on 11/19/20 at 01:01 PM ET

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