Hoping and Waiting: The NHL Lockout Looms

It’s September 10th, 2012.

We should be dusting off your favourite jerseys, laying out the season schedule and circling the crucial Saturday night clashes between the arch rivals. We should be scouting the rookies coming into the league. We should be building up hope that this could be the year that our team goes all the way and wins the Cup. We should be getting ready for the start of the 2012-13 NHL season.

But we’re not.

No, instead fans are forced to endure countless hours of hockey talk without the hockey. Non-stop columns of who is right and who is wrong and who is losing and who is winning and whether or not Gary Bettman ate a sandwich today and who he ate it with and what Donald Fehr did with his afternoon and where Bill Daly had dinner and why he wasn’t in a meeting and what that means about the negotiations and why the two sides aren’t meeting and what they are talking about when they actually sit down and talk.

And we can expect more of the same this week. Last minute meetings will occur to “Save” the season giving fans that last gasp of hope that all might be ok. We will wait for news, any news that this season might actually start on time. We will wait, because that’s all we can do.

Some will throw a stink like these guys are doing. The video is impressively cut and I actually signed the petition after watching it. Take a look if you haven’t already. It’ll get any hockey fan revved up




But will it do anything? Will Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr jump up from their desks, see this video and all of a sudden change their tune and agree to some concessions in order for hockey to be played? Hell no.

The fans have ZERO power. None. Nada. Zip. Short of banding together and boycotting an entire season, but I’d put my life savings on that not happening. Heck, I’ll be in the stands when the puck drops again.

It’s not about what side you’re on – because to be honest, who cares?   This is about billionaires fighting with millionaire over a $3.3 billion piece of cake. That’s more money than 99.9% of people will ever dream to have in their life.

I, like every other hockey fan out there, just want hockey back.

But, like I said before, all we can do is wait and hold out hope that the two sides can come to an agreement.

However, being a Flames fan I have learned one thing about hope.

It’s a horrible thing.