NHL Lockout: Facing Hockey Addiction


After weeks of speculation the NHL lockout is now a reality. Disgruntled fans are calling it a showdown between billionaires and millionaires. But some say the time-out could spark much-needed soul-searching. In a country where Hockey-ness is next to Godly-ness, a lockout of players and the resulting expectation of days, nights, weeks .. months without a favourite team is worthy of a study in cultural trauma. Then again, some see an unexpected freedom, a redemption or something positive in a winter without the league.

NHL Lockout: Facing Hockey Addiction - Panel

We started this segment with a clip from former Vancouver Canucks centreman Cliff Ronning, commenting on the NHL lockout announced this weekend.

"But what about the fans!?" is a common refrain as this drama unfolds, although some remain hopeful a settlement can be reached in time for the regular season to begin on October 11th.

While there doesn't seem to be much sympathy for either the owners or the players in this dispute, we've found a few people who say there may yet be a silver lining.

To talk about what the lockout means for The Game and the fans, we were joined by three people.

Roy MacGregor is a columnist with the Globe and Mail and he was in Ottawa.

Scott Burnside is a hockey columnist for ESPN.com and we reached him in Atlanta.

And Ellen Etchingham blogs about hockey for the Score's Backhand Shelf and she was in our Toronto studio.

This segment was produced by The Current's Chris Wodskou.

Peter Lougheed Letters

On Friday we paid tribute to Peter Lougheed's legacy. The former Alberta premier died Thursday night in Calgary. His body will be on display in a closed coffin in the legislature in Edmonton today and tomorrow. The accolades and fond memories flooded in. We had time for one letter below.

From Ken Filewych in Calgary:

My memory of Peter Lougheed extends beyond the man to the beautiful relationship he had with his wife, Jeanne. To hear him tell it, there were many instances through his political career where he wisely listened to her, and it was under her urging that the William Watson Lodge was opened in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in 1981.

When my father developed MS in his 40s, the years of camping holidays slowed as his abilities did. And when the holidays stopped altogether, I assumed it was one more thing his disease had taken from our family. And then, we heard about the William Watson Lodge and every two years after that, we would go to this beautiful barrier free facility overlooking Lower Kananakis Lake and do our own version of camping.

My father has been for more than 10 years but for the last number of years of his life it was Mr. Lougheed's vision -- as well as his wisdom to listen to his wife -- that gave our family an opportunity to sit around a campfire and laugh and cry. To feel normal and whole. And for this, I thank him.

Thank you for writing. You can write via our website. And while you're on the site, you can also listen back to my last conversation with Peter Lougheed where he was featured as a Game Changer as part of our season long project last year.

And if you haven't checked us out on Facebook, that's another way we can connect and you can let us know your comments on the show.

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