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Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 | 10:09 AM

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Has a professional athlete had a profound impact on your life in some way? If so, how do you feel with an ongoing lockout?
(Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI) Has a professional athlete had a profound impact on your life in some way? If so, how do you feel with an ongoing lockout? (Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI)

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In today's Fan's comment of the day, one fan uniquely affected by hockey and its players gives his stance on the NHL lockout.
With more than 20 days of the NHL lockout in the books, CBCSports.ca has been helping give fans a voice.

Until the game we love returns, we will continue to 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.

Here is Sunday's Fan Comment of the Day from our Facebook fan Robert Brush:

"I encourage all those who had the honour of having the Leafs visit you at Sick Kids to also speak up.....

When I was a young boy growing up, I was assured of two things...

1. That this life was never going to be easy,
2. That there was going to be a "Team" who would be there to look out for me.

My name is Robert Alan Brush. I am 47 years old, and I am a Toronto Maple Leaf Fan...

At the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where I spent a lot of my childhood, I was never told that I was never again going to see the game of hockey being played. There was hope, hope in your voices as you came to visit us and share your love and knowledge of the game. You also gave us something to look forward to. Winning or beating our battles no matter who or what put us down.

Today, I don't see that. For this, I say shame on you! The game is about you, not us. Our happy faces and joyous laughter have all been forgotten, and we have to look to others for hopes and dreams. Sure my office is filled with Maple Leaf merchandise that I've accumulated over years, but my collection was built on a childhood dream of watching you outside these hospital doors.

Seeing what you are made of, and hoping that we may have inspired you to look a little deeper into what you really have. Us, we didn't have much. Just some dreams to one day, to be in perfect health with the option to do anything we put our minds to even if it was to be a fan on the couch...

Sincerely
Robert Alan Brush

A True Fan... From my childhood too now..."


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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