The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association finally came to an agreement in the wee hours of Sunday morning, after an epic, 16-hour negotiation marathon.
Am I glad that the NHL will have a 2012-13 season.
But would I care if they cancelled the season outright?
I did not care when the NHL cancelled their 2004-05 season–partially because the Chicago Blackhawks were so abysmal back then. Frankly, I was more upset from the 1994-95 lockout, but that’s another story.
Hockey is a big hobby of mine, but I always find a way to occupy my time. If not the NHL, then the AHL, movies, cartoons, comic books.
We live in an age where entertainment is not in short supply.
I actually find it hard understanding fans who said that they are done with the NHL, or that they feel angered or betrayed by the lockout.
I don’t feel betrayed. The NHL and the NHLPA butt heads every few years, then they work things out and the sport improves.
I love watching NHL games. I enjoy watching the players, and going to a game when finances allow. But if that’s removed from the picture, I just find other stuff to do with my free time.
And frankly, I’ve enjoyed the extra free time I’ve had by not having a hockey season.
We all knew the NHL would be back. It was just a matter of when.
So now we have a half-season, or 48-game season, or whatever. No Winter Classic. No All-Star Game.
But at least we still get the playoffs, right?