Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Skips Vegas; To Award Players During Finals

As the National Hockey League continues to look for ways to rebuild their fan base after another lengthy lockout – they take seven steps backwards.

Fans continue to feel alienated with the league and the players constantly fighting and taking the game away from the fans.  They lack a major television deal.  From a hockey standpoint, you have three major news events in the summer, the draft, the awards show, and free agency.  The NHL and NHLPA have successfully eliminated one of those options.

What exactly does it do to to further the game by eliminating the awards show?  You took away from the black tie affair by moving it from a National Hockey League market to Las Vegas – giving in to NFL like pro bowl player demands.

It doesn’t even appear that the players will be present to receive their awards – which makes me wonder whether or not the actual trophies will be on hand.

Whats the point in having hardware if you never get to showcase it?  I for one miss the players being handed their trophy and being able to hold the real thing – being given nothing more than a tiny replica on stage when they receive their award.

Eliminating the award show eliminates another event for fans to enjoy their players and recognize them for their achievements.

I don’t want to find out who won the Calder Memorial or the Hart Trophy during the Stanley Cup finals – I am only interested in the game at that point.

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