As we officially surpass the one-month mark of the NHL lockout, 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 Tuesday's Fan's Comment of the Day via CBCSports.ca user ex-pat canuck.
"I am from Saskatchewan and now live in Arizona. I play 3 games/week, support the local leagues/arenas, charity, kid's leagues, and ref... I love the game. I get that the pro level is big business... but life is about "choices". Both owners and players need to identify that neither side has a dollar to be made if it weren't for the fans themselves. These players get a chance to make a very good living playing the game they (probably?) love. The owners would not have a business to be made off these fans if not for the players. Greed is way too common in sports/business. While hockey isn't alone in this, maybe it should be the game that sets the bar. Buck up boys -both sides.
The small(ish) fan base here have tried fervently to promote and support their team... and to what end? The Coyotes fall under the NHL's ownership umbrella. I watched from the stands in the playoffs as Doan got escorted off the ice against the Kings. (5/15/2012) He stopped at the gate and looked around the stands and the arena... No guarantee that he would return to that ice as a Coyote. I may cheer Bruins and Canucks before Coyotes, but thanks Shane for making that "choice" to return a Coyote as the fans deserve it... especially in a city with such an unsure future. The NHL/NHLPA should take a page here. Be a "Doan" and look around at the empty arena, parking lots, and ticket windows. Are you willing to take the chance you can return your fans to those seats?
Millions of people/ kids around the world would give their eye teeth to trade places with either side just to be a bigger part of the game they love. Recognize them. Give them the respect they are due. I personally have enjoyed seeing some junior and college hockey on TV, and even saw my old Regina Pats too. Don't lose my revenue share - your "choice""
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