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NHLNHL lockout Day 19: Fan's comment of the day

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 | 11:23 AM

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In this photo, Sidney Crosby and Scott Niedermayer celebrate the winning goal in the gold medal game at the Vancouver Olympics. After 19 days of a lockout that's all about business, one fan is starting to question the players' motivations. 
(Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) In this photo, Sidney Crosby and Scott Niedermayer celebrate the winning goal in the gold medal game at the Vancouver Olympics. After 19 days of a lockout that's all about business, one fan is starting to question the players' motivations. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

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On Wednesday, we asked you if you're opinions have changed after more than two weeks of a lockout. One fan responded harshly by questioning the motivations of NHL players and comparing them to mercenaries.
With the NHL lockout carrying on, CBCSports.ca wants to help give fans a voice.

So until the game we love returns, we'll highlight one fan's take on the lockout each day from the posts we've received on Facebook, Twitter and the comments sections on CBCSports.ca.

On Wednesday, we asked you if you're opinions have changed after more than two weeks of a lockout and had many great responses. One of the best came from CBCSports.ca user spherehead, which is our Fan's Comment of the Day for Thursday:

"As a kid I was a huge hockey fan but, unfortunately the way the business of the pro game has been handled has left such a bad taste in my mouth that I just can't cheer for "our teams" anymore. They have not been "our teams" for a long time.

In the NHL the players have more in common with mercenaries then with sports teams that represent the best of a city.

And when these players are in a position to "represent" us as a nation, (Olympics, World Juniors, etc...) they will only "represent Canada" under the banner of a foreign corporation that will never manufacture any of its goods in Canada. How can I cheer for some millionaire kids that believe they represent Canada while they visually endorse a corporation that believes that lives of abject poverty are more than good enough for their workers?

Pro hockey today can only be seen in person by an elite due to rising ticket prices and fewer and fewer parents can afford to keep their kids playing the game. "Our" teams don't play for us. They play for themselves, their owners and their sponsors and not for the city or country on their jersey.

I have lost any sense of identification with "our" players and "our" teams."


Want to share your opinion? Tweet me @JordanShifman or post a comment to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/CBCSports and come back every day to see what fans like you are saying.

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