By Noah Cain
Well it’s official, my worst fears have been realized:the NHL Lockout is upon us. I feel like a little boy at the top of the stairs listening to his parents fight about how to load the dishwasher; I know what the owners and players are fighting over is ridiculous, but that doesn’t change the fact that it makes me sad.
Superstar Sidney Crosby said in a statement on behalf of the NHLPA that“We understand that the people who suffer most are the fans.” The owners echoed his sentiment: “We owe it . . . most of all to the fans to get the puck dropped as soon as possible.” But frankly, I don’t see it happening. They’re like parentsrepeatedly picking up their kid three hours late from soccer practice, then telling him or her that he or she is the most important part of their schedule. It just screams bullshit.
Now,I’m not an economist or a lawyer. I don’t know or understand the nuts and bolts of the labour dispute. But I do know how it makes me feel. I almost lost my mind during the lockout of 2004-2005, and I was fifteen years old. I’m a way bigger fan nowand I feel way more invested in my team (is that pitiful?).
I was curious if Lakehead students were as torn up about the lockout as I was. I asked around, and here’s some of the responses I received.
Adrian McKee, Third-Year, Applied Bio-molecular Science
“It’s just millionaires squabbling with billionaires over the middle class’ money.”
Ethan Gillingham, Professional Year, Education
“I think it’s just a bunch of rich people fighting over pennies. It makes me mad because I won’t be able to watch hockey with my friends this year; I’ll miss watching the Montreal Canadiens. We’ve got a really strong, young core and I was looking forward to seeing them develop.”
Ross Armstrong, Second-Year, Nursing
“I know nothing about hockey. I’m not some manly sports man. I really don’t care.”
Liz Conron, Professional Year, Education
“It’s so disappointing. We’ve already done this song and dance. Really, they can’t find a compromise? Think of how much money they are going to lose. There are no real winners, only pride and egos. The owners sign the players to ridiculous contracts then complain when they have to pay them so much.”