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Boycotting NHL merchandise in song and requesting lockout ‘protest’/coping strategy ideas

Over the next couple of...Um...probably weeks to two months, we fans are going to have some time on our hands, and while there's quite a bit of time to think about the possibility of organizing protests at NHL rinks to support local and "average" rink, team and broadcast employees and businesspeople who'll get most acutely screwed by this lockout, possibly showing up at negotiations in Toronto or New York to be annoying, perhaps engaging in the creation of lockout merchandise (my favorite idea remains, "I went to my NHL team's rink, and all they refused to do was take my money) or other forms of positive fan insurgency--knowing full well that it won't affect negotiations, even if we show up in persno to remind Gary and co. that we're people and not walking dollar signs whose discretionary income the NHL and NHLPA are arguing over (Wings fans and Penguins fans, chanting together, mass hysteria), but knowing that protest will at least help us cope and maybe give us some sense of hope during what is likely to be a painful time without hockey.

In that spirit, Yahoo Sports' Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski provides us with a wonderful inspiration for an entry I hope will encourage you to throw some ideas on the wall and see what sticks, or what's meaningful to you, via Arun, an incredibly talented YouTube user who turned a Jason Mraz song into a rallying cry, encouraging fans to hang up their NHL teams' jerseys, t-shirts and merchandise while also agreeing to not purchase a damn thing from shop.nhl.com until the lockout is over:

Again, from the srart, I get that these protests aren't going to change the course of CBA negotiations, not one bit, no matter how cleverly anyone can show up with 1,500 of their closest friends outside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and sing the lyrics to Ben Folds Five's "Song for the Dumped," for example.

But this lockout, especially for those of us who love the game, love our teams and love our players too much to leave, is going to be a grieving process, and we've got to find a way to cope together and help each other through what is likely to be a long and uncomfortable process.

If you're not keen on signing up to comment (we don't do anything with your information: Paul has users register to dissuade trolling, that's all), you can reach me via Twitter, Facebook or email at georgemalik at kuklaskorner dot com. And we've got a while to bounce ideas off each other. How long, we don't know yet.

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