Time for Fans to Speak up and be heard

We all need to be pushed every now and then. When we are teetering on the fence and a push sends us down to the ground on the side we were leaning towards prior to the push. Not that the NHL or NHLPA is teetering on any fence. In fact they are both standing firmly on the grounds that they have each chosen which are situated on opposite sides of the fence. They are calling it a lockout. I am calling it an indefinite sentence of no televised hockey for the fans. We are at the pinnacle of a hockey situation of historically catastrophic proportion with no ambassador which is a monumental disappointment. The potentiality of there being no 2005 Stanley Cup Champion is growing every day. I find this to be an unspeakable outrage and I feel it has become time for the fans to speak up.


I think it is time for fans speak out and be heard. We need to be the ambassador and do some pushing. Contacting the TV networks and present them with a regiment of letters or emails DIRECTLY REQUESTING some sort of televised hockey. Be it NCAA, AHL, OHL or what ever skill level they can provide. Doing so would send the message to Both the NHL and the NHLPA that the fans want hockey and it matters not on what stage or the cast of performers. I have already sent messages to ESPN and Fox Sports Detroit. I intend to encourage those who I watch games with and will also attempt to get as many individuals in my adult hockey league to do like wise.

I am also recommending that we as hockey fans should consider having a day that NHL fans throughout the league will go to our respective teams arenas at the same time for a simultaneous display of our unhappiness towards the NHL and NHLPA for allowing things to come to a lock out. Perhaps we could call it Fan Day or something. Set the date for 6th December so we would have enough time to spread the word. we could have a picket line of fans chanting WE WANT HOCKEY!!!!! Repeatedly and not displaying any support of either side would help keep both sides from viewing a rally as ammunition for either of them. This may also help those cities that the league may be looking at as possibilities of teams to fold on in a contraction situation.

We have some choices here and if enough of us hockey fans speak out we can be heard. Maybe if we push and push hard enough we can cause doors to become unlocked and opened. By doing nothing the message the fans are sending is that no one cares. I hope that the NHL and NHLPA has envisioned the bare spot on the band of the Stanley Cup where they engrave players names and the name/year of the winning team or how the list of historical Champions list will look 2005 No Decision. I don’t know about any of you but, I am ready to put forth an effort to speak out as a fan.

If you think you can get some fans to go to your NHL teams arena then let others know by using this articles postings.I think if we could get at least 25 people to show up at each arena. We could be off to a start.


23 Responses to Time for Fans to Speak up and be heard

  1. hockeyhead says:

    great idea.

    however, what i have noticed is that this site has lost a lot of it’s participants (sp). many people that used to voice their opinions do not come here anymore which is in it self depressing. the word will be hard to get out there.

    also, the number of televised games was already going down from year to year even with espn. i don’t know if it was anticipation of the lockout or what but interest has been going down.

  2. 19Yzerman says:

    Getting letters to the networks is a regional television thing. However the real intention there is to show the media some volume of fan interest in hockey and our disapproval of the current lockout.

    I am testing the idea of rallying fans in attempt expedite the unlocking of the the current state of NHL. Like I said if we could get 25 people at each arena. That would be a start. Over the next week ask around and contact those who may be in other hockey cities that you think might join in.

    Any ideas,efforts or suggestions would be appreciated. I titled this under HELP!! for this simple reason we will need fellow fans to help for anything to work.

    I am serious about this and my passion to do something is present.

  3. hockeyhead says:

    i hear you, i was mostly voicing my dissapoiintment in all this. espn going to less games…nbc starting at the all star break…

    i miss having a lot of the people on this site.

    there has been one hockey game on that i know of and that was st lawrence vs…..i don’t know.

    it all sucks

  4. habsoverserver says:

    Oddly enough, I find the lockout more entertaining than the game. Watching a bunch of third liners clog a neutral zone is not my idea of the coolest game on ice.

    I just feel really bad for all the support people who are not getting paid during the lockout. I wish there was a way from them to benefit from this situation.

  5. hockeyhead says:

    i feel bad for myself…..10 bucks fills half my gas tank which is about 6 gallons and these retards are worried about how many cars, houses and islands they are going to own.

    R.I.P. NHL (welcome to the real crumby world)

  6. 19Yzerman says:

    Yea this is worse than being really HAMMERED in a bar full of lesbians during a slowdance song looking for a dance partner.

    Or listening to Three Dog Night

    One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do

    Two can be as bad as one

    It’s the loneliest number since the number one

    No is the saddest experience you’ll ever know

    Yes, it’s the saddest experience you’ll ever know

    It’s just no good anymore since NHL went away

    Now I spend my time just making rhymes of yesterday.

    This is where that quote I posted for you from Rosevelt applies. I figure as long as I can look back and honestly tell myself I tried. I will be ok with at least knowing that.

  7. 19Yzerman says:

    Soon the trails will open in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and I will be spending most of my free time this winter riding my snowmoblie. I agree with your sentements regarding the people whose incomes have been ILL effected. Thats the ripple effect in commerce for me. What the hockey industry will lose the snowmobile industry will gain.

  8. hockeyhead says:

    it is so funny….i was really hammered a couple of weeks ago and in walks about 35 players from the womens hockey league.

    let’s just say this…they didn’t want to talk about wayne gretzky with me. i never felt so unwanted in all my life. lucky i don’t remember much.

  9. Aetherial says:

    If the NHL or th NHLPA cared even the slightest bit what the fans thought of all of this… they would at least be talking.

    They don’t. They know that a certain percentage of their seats are taken up by corporations and that they will get enough people outside of that to survive.

    They do not believe this will kill the game and they are probably right.

    I woud love to see the fans boycott an entire season.

  10. 19Yzerman says:

    Its all about the money and nothing to do with caring. There are very few situations in life that money cannot rectify.

    You say boycott which relates to requesting from your local sports networks to see other forms of hockey than the NHL. Which is what I meant when I said,” it matters not what stage they are on or who the cast of performers are”. The boycotting of an entire season is majorly impossible since there are to many people in to many cities with to many differences of opinion to expect anyone to join in on. This post has been viewed 375 times with only 9 posts 4 of which are mine which is a glowing testement to the fact that NO ONE CARES.

    As far as killing the game goes the NHL is viewing the current financial state of the league as being flatlined dead and they are looking in to whether or not they can find a heart donor or perform a tripple bypass or if a fribulator would work.

  11. habsoverserver says:

    I hear you hockeyhead.

  12. hockeyhead says:

    of course i feel bad for the people that are out of work. but i mean for all us people that make under 40,000 a year and the cost of living so high….well i guess i don’t feel bad for the players.

  13. aafiv says:

    TV, Humph.

    Unfortunately (and I’m not speaking for Canada), hockey is so universally igmored in the US that begging networks to carry the AHL or some other pro league is a loser even before you try.

    I mean the NHL game has become soooo boring to watch with all of the trapping and the discouragement of fighting that espn dropped the NHL from its listings – before the lockout. The new NBC deal gives the NHL no money.

    Why would anyone carry games filled with players that no one knows or cares about when people don’t watch the real games… or the Cup finals even?

    This sport is dying and it’s because of Bettman. Someone please kill him.

  14. 19Yzerman says:

    Q:

    Why would anyone carry games filled with players that no one knows or cares about when people don’t watch the real games… or the Cup finals even?

    A: For the same reason they televise world poker texas holdem. Filling braodcasting time windows.

    Q: Will someone please explain this to me?How does 2004 National Scrabble Championship,United Rockcrawling, Pool, Tennis, Golf, Bowling and Dream Job draw more interest than any of the Hockey that could be televised?

    A:??????????

    Show me which one of those guys is bettman and hand me 36″ aluminun easton. Then I will relocate in canada where I will be hailed as a Hockey Hero.

  15. hockeyhead says:

    college tho guy……college hockey is much better than the ahl.

    i watched bu vs maine yesterday and it was a good fast game.

  16. 19Yzerman says:

    Being in Ann Arbor, Mi is the best USA city to be in for hockey during this lockout. We have NCAA div 1 UofM , USA Hockey National Developmental teams and Washtenaw CC Teams, countless highschool programs,and adult leagues or if you can drive out of town there is 30min drive to OHL Plymouth Whalers, 30 min to Wayne State university,1 hour drive to Michigan state and 2 hours Grand Rapids Griffins the red wings affilaite. Plenty of hockey for me to go to here. Just nothing on TV. Perhaps I could start a group call it The Drinking Hockey Fans and let those involved in the M.A.D.D. program know that instead of operating a TV remote while intoxicated that ESPN not showing hockey will cause me to drive cars to get to games while intoxicated. LOL

  17. hockeyhead says:

    nesn, comcast and fox sports net are starting to show a lot of college games….which will have to do.

    what a great comeback by the blue this weekend.

  18. 19Yzerman says:

    I have season tickets in the front row of the end zone that was defended by both teams in OT and was 10 feet from the 2 point conversion scored by the Wolverines. Last time we lost to State was controvercial because the clock keeper stoped the clock with 1 second(0.01) and state made a touch down to win with that 1 sec because unlike hockey with a horn that ends the game. Football does not end untill the live ball is downed once the clock has ran out. Well they had a chance to score a game winning field goal with 0.00 on the clock this time but, they missed it. They had momentum for the whole game till 6min left in the 4th. they shreaded us for 535 all purpose yards and lost. It had to be more dishearting for them at the last min than the rest of the game was for us.

    That was a Michigan team that dispite getting ran all over found a away to win. Incredible

  19. fatsat says:

    19yzerman: Check out http://www.nhlboycott.com

    They are taking questions to create apoll so that us fans can finally be heard

  20. 19Yzerman says:

    I just tried and I was brought to a site said COMING SOON. Thanks for the info.I will check it out from time to time as the lockout contintues.

  21. fatsat says:

    Yes, they are collecting questions from the fans to take the poll on.

    I have sent them 3 questions that I would like to see the results to.

  22. 19Yzerman says:

    OK you have to email them your questions by clicking on the HABS sign and your email window will open.

    I will ask if there is noseason in 2004-2005 will teams still have the Unified Reoprt of Operations to answer and if yes are anyplayer pay going to be on any of those reports?

  23. defenestrate says:

    We could chain ourselves to goalposts….or maybe just do a public beheading of Goodenow and Bettman (let’s throw Chelios in there for good measure).

    That should get some attention.

    That was a very good article, by the way. It’s been awhile since I’ve actually read one all the way through and felt compelled to post anything.

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