Dec 2, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates scoring the winning goal during the shootout against the New York Islanders at the United Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Islanders 5-4 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Before I get started on my NHL Lockout statement that could be made tonight I want to preface it by saying that the charity event will raise lots of money for a great cause ,the Ronald McDonald House ,with the hopes of raising $250,ooo tonight. That money will go a long way to helping kids across the Chicagoland area.
As hockey fans, you can make a huge statement tonight to the NHL players and the NHLPA hierarchy. NOBODY SHOW UP!!!!! If all of these star players show up and expect people to take time out of their Friday night to see them play and nobody show’s up then maybe the players would get the shock that the fans are sick and tired of this lockout and they want real NHL hockey back and they want it now! What an eye opener for the 30-40 NHL players and Blackhawk Stanley Cup winners it would be that getting a season started now is more important to the fans then seeing them play one night in a meaningless (except for the charity) game on a Friday night when the United Center and thirty-one other stadiums should be filled to capacity to see their favorite NHL teams play.
Donald Fehr wouldn’t know how to leverage a empty stadium with an ice rink full of NHL stars to the NHL owners when the next session of negotiations would begin. Fehr and friends would have to put their collective tail between their legs and get to the table and hammer out a deal.
The thing that will happen is that everyone will show up, the Allstate Arena will be filled to capacity and the players will be able to stick their chests out and say, see the fans are on our sides. This approach will only seal the fate of the NHL season even longer, and the fans will have to sit and wait for the next charity event or watch replays of big games on NHL network to see any NHL action.
I know that Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and a lot of great NHL players will be there tonight, so please pay for the tickets and help a great cause, but just don’t SHOW UP and tell the players that you are sick and tired of the lockout!!
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