Wishful thinking that an NHL season still possible
While December 21, 2012 did not bring about the end of the world, it also did not bring about the end of the NHL lockout. As the new year starts there is still hope that an NHL season is possible with both sides once again talking.
While an exact date is not on any calendar, the end is near for any possible NHL season. If the NHL lockout is not resolved by early January it is very likely that the entire 2012-2013 season would be lost.
If both sides could come to terms in the next few weeks a 48 game season is likely. That is the number of games played in the 1994-1995 lockout, and most people agree that anything less is not enough to represent a true season.
Keep in mind that for the NHL most fans realize that with more the half of the teams making the playoffs, the "regular season" is nothing more than a way to weed out the terrible teams and set up the playoff seedings.
As the deadline for the season closes in on us, the odds are that somehow both sides will come to some compromise to save the season.
Supporting those effected by the lockout
Hockey is just a game, but it is a game that raises revenues and creates jobs for many local communities.
The NHL owners are billionaires who own other businesses. Many of the NHL players are millionaires who could easily find work in other leagues, as some have already done.
Should we be lucky enough to see hockey in the coming months, many disgruntled fans will look to boycott the NHL. Who could blame them.
If the NHL lockout should end, don't forget to support the folks who have lost the most from the lockout, the mom and pop bars and restuarants. Watch the game at food and drink establishments in your community.
Those overprices beverages are going to be hard to swallow at the local NHL arena.