Midnight passed on Thursday without even a rumor of last minute secret meetings or discussions between the NHL and Player’s Association to quickly work out a new CBA before a full 2012-2013 season was lost. All games through November 30 have been cancelled (with talk of soon including the Winter Classic and All Star Games), and who knows if we’ll get any of them back.
As of now, now no new meetings have been scheduled. However, since the NHL withdrew its latest proposal in order to create a new one that does not revolve around an 82 game season, I think it’s fair to expect a meeting between both sides relatively soon. As long as neither side backtracks in their next proposals, two months of games should be the maximum lost this season. Here’s to being optimistic!
That still doesn’t sit well with Chicago Blackhawks fans who have little to be happy about with a total of 22 regular season games lost through October and November. But fans in the Chicago area were able to see some of their favorite players play hockey, thanks to former 2010 Stanley Cup Champion and former Blackhawk Adam Burish. Under his initiative, players from around the league came together Friday for a game benefiting the Ronald McDonald House charity organization.
The Champs for Charity game, which raised $323,500, seems to be the only bright spot in hockey with most other news centering on the stalemate CBA negotiations or the waves of NHL talent leaving to Europe. While it isn’t NHL hockey, Blackhawks fans can take pride in their team’s city for being a reminder of a hockey culture staple – giving back to the community and the fans. It’s something that is seriously missed as the lockout drags on. Although the game was not broadcast, hockey fans everywhere can enjoy the spirit of the event and remember it as another tradition that makes the game great.
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