Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Hockey Fans Flustered

As of today it officially looks like there will be no 82 game season until next year. To fit the entire season in a compact schedule, a deal was said to be needed in place by days end. Fans are becoming more and more discouraged and they have every right to be.
When you look at this lockout it all comes down to one word “money”. Now I know there are more variables that encompass the CBA but that tops the chart. My question to that is when have the fans ever had the chance to stand up and ask for change? People can say they have the right not to go the games so forth but the diehard fan spends in some instances every extra dollar they have for tickets, jerseys, parking, beer, concession food and other memorabilia. That’s when I look at the NHL and say they take the fans for granted. With these work stoppages over the past decade, the NHL should really start to think of something else now to bring their fans back “again”. There will always be the fans that never go away but for the ones the fence this stoppage might push them in a different direction. Anything they could do with more player interaction and maybe another worldwide primetime game sometime during the year? You never know that could be something that gets that fan in question back on board?
One thing that’s recently grabbed my attention is that of the current players saying they might stay overseas and play the season and beyond regardless of what happens with the lockout. Current players who have voiced their feelings are: Henrik Zetterberg, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin to name a few. Although people may say they can be replaced or let them go, those are fans favorite players and also some who bring a lot of popularity to the league. Over the next couple of seasons I think the NHL can’t afford to lose fans. They need to do everything to entice as many as possible in my eyes. Only time will tell what happens and also how the league takes care of a potentially big problem.
With all that being said I talked to a few people around the city and in almost every response they just want to see some Buffalo Sabres hockey. Being a great hockey town and of course my favorite team I couldn’t have agreed more. It’s those cities that have teams with a lower concentration of fans and commitment that should have the NHL worried. Let’s just play some hockey!

Tags: Alexander Ovechkin Buffalo Sabres Henrik Zetterberg Ilya Bryzgalov NHL Lockout

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