This may be the case if the players don’t get there first.
This is no original six rivalry. It’s much harder to choose whom to root for and the only ones who will win or lose are the fans.
The National Hockey League and it’s Players’ Association are engaging in another bitter collective bargaining agreement that may see the NHL lockout it’s players for the second time in 7 years.
It’s hard to believe that the NHL or it’s players’ will need to engage in damage-control after a work stoppage of one game, several games, or an entire season. Hockey fans are a passionate group that understand the love of the game goes beyond the player name or who runs the front office; it’s about the colours on the jersey, but how long can they pretend to believe that those involved on and off the ice feel the same way?
It’s unclear what the National Hockey League or individual teams will do to soften the blow of potentially missing the start of the season. League and team representatives were unable to comment about their planned approach, reinforcing the delicate situation.
Only time will tell if pucks drop before the fan base does.