The letter, from a Kyle Harrison, is below:
As everyone is well aware by now, the NHL is currently in its fourth work stoppage in 20 years. In late August, when asked about possible repercussions from the fans about locking out the players, Gary Bettman said, “We recovered last time because we have the world’s greatest fans.” Since then the players and the NHL have both been very apologetic and expressed frustrations about games being cancelled and seem to hope this is enough to “recover” again. We, as fans, need to show it’s not. We need a public guarantee from both the players (Fehr) and the owners (Bettman) saying a work stoppage will never happen again. For this all fans will need to remain united. We don`t have a Union Rep or a Commissioner who can speak for us and keep us all united. We can only spread word of mouth and hope everyone agrees and follows the plan.While this is something near impossible to co-ordinate (the NHL will likely give out free Stanley Cups while extending another insincere THANK YOU FANS! upon the leagues return and it'll be eaten up) it is the necessary evil to make this stop.
The Plan: Do not attend any NHL event when it returns until we get our guarantee. It is a small sacrifice for the fans that will really hurt both sides. I am sure there are plenty of people like me out there who are still going to join hockey pools, watch the games on TV, catch up on every single highlight there is and religiously follow every story they can find in between watching games when the league comes back. Turning solely following a different league won`t be enough for a lot of people. If we make the players play in empty arenas and don`t buy tickets to the games both sides are going to feel it, yet the fans can still keep up with the progress of their favourite team by watching them on TV or online.
Obviously this guarantee will not be a legally binding agreement and 4 to 7 years from now the same thing might be happening again, but just think of how awful it will look on Bettman or Fehr down the road when they have to explain themselves and why they had to go back on their promise.
Spread the word.
|Gary Bettman (cbc.ca)|
That's the problem.
In order to stop this from happening again, to make sure we are not lost to what we love, we need to not love it. It's a horrible Catch 22.
The more you long and yearn for the NHL, the more you complain and whine about the lack of a game, the more you talk about the NHL, the more comfortable the players and owners remain.
|Donald Fehr (philly.com)|
If you want the NHL back you need to break up. If you want hockey back you need to leave. Don't talk about it, don't tweet about it, don't post about it. Ignore it.
Only then will this madness stop.