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Will You Be Like Couchman?

from Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra,

Ross Couchman, a retired civil servant in Ottawa’s east end, is one hockey fan who finds it easy to draw a line in the sand and say: “Enough is enough.”

Couchman (can you think of a better name for a sports fan?) withdrew his hockey affections after the 2004-05 lockout, breaking off what had been a lifelong love affair with the game. This time, he vows he won’t be back at all if the NHL stops play for an extended period due to the lockout launched on the weekend.

” My proof is that it took me three years after the last lockout to care one iota, to watch a game, to read media accounts or watch Sportscentre highlights,” Couchman wrote in an email, which led to a discussion over the phone.

“I have come back to the point of following the game (mostly the Sens) to the point of reading the Citizen sports pages, watching highlights, and podcasting the HNIC Hot Stove while spending three months every winter in Mexico. I even meet other Canadian and American friends at a restaurant in Mexico to watch the occasional game on TSN, which they get on their satellite. That will end.”

Couchman’s over-under date for considering this to be an “extended” lockout is Christmas. By then, the NHL would have to considered a modified, compromised, shrunken schedule. Not good enough, in one fan’s view.

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Some people will.  The vast majority of people won’t.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/18/12 at 05:20 PM ET

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I’m not going to be giving up on the NHL forever. I love my Wings WAY too much to just up and stop watching hockey forever. I have, however, already cancelled my NHL Center Ice subscription for this year. It won’t matter much, but it’s my own formal protest of the NHL for this year. I will likely get it again next year. Hockey is too good of a game to not watch the NHL “ever again”.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 09/18/12 at 05:26 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I’m not going to spend three months in Mexico every winter.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/18/12 at 05:27 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

I’m not going to spend three months in Mexico every winter

Way too many Mexican there?

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 09/18/12 at 05:32 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Mostly that my family would miss me and that I can’t afford it.  Also because apparently they don’t watch hockey down there.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/18/12 at 05:39 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

JJ, if it’s the Mexicans, just say so.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 09/18/12 at 05:53 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Who do you think I am, Yunel Escobar?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/18/12 at 05:54 PM ET

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I’m not going to spend three months in Mexico every winter.

Ha.  I thought the same thing the instant I read the article.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 09/18/12 at 07:53 PM ET

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