What I don’t want to hear is how you, the self-professed lifelong hockey fan, are giving up on hockey. You’re coming back. You know it and I know it, so let’s admit the truth and move on.
The owners know it, too.
After all, NHL owners have experience in this sort of thing. It was only seven years ago that they shut down the league for an entire season. In the interim, the league has prospered to a once-unimaginable degree, its revenue having increased by 50 percent in that time. So naturally the response of the owners is to risk shutting down the league for a second time, apparently in the hopes that in so doing they will increase revenues even more between the institution and expiration of the next collective bargaining agreement.
Of course, that’s a facetious remark. It’s not as if the owners deserve any serious commentary.
But the people who love hockey will not abandon hockey. Even someone like myself, who likes it but who doesn’t love it, misses it. Being involved on a day-to-day basis in the Bruins’ successful chase to win a Stanley Cup in the spring of 2011 enhanced my appreciation for the sport and the people directly involved in it. On some nights, it was as good as the sport can get, and it caused me to follow the 2011-12 season closer than any previous season. I was surely looking forward to seeing the likes of Bergeron, Seguin, and Big Z again.
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