Andrew Ladd, Olli Jokinen echo the feelings of hockey fans nationwide

By Anthony Sicilia
Photographed by Tom Szczerbowski
Tom Szczerbowski – USA Today Sports

To say that the NHL lockout caused more than a few hockey fans to be upset is putting it lightly. The NHL at times resembled a school yard brawl. There was a lot of huffing and puffing going on with no proven results. That was until federal mediator Scott Beckenbaugh found some middle ground between players and owners.

The NHL lockout began on September 15, 2012. The standoff ended on January 6, 2013. The lockout lasted approximately 113 days. The issues and reasons behind the lockout occurred over the little details of players contracts with team owners.

Now that the lockout has ended players around the league are finally speaking to the media since the fiasco of finances were agreed upon.  Many hockey fans had mixed emotions  regarding the lockout. Some fans were relieved just to have the sport of hockey back while other fans were disappointed in both the league and its players for having the lockout continue on and on day after day.

A couple members of the Winnipeg Jets squad spoke with the media. Jets players Olli Jokinen and Andrew Ladd spoke a bit on the lockout. “A lockout is no fun for anybody involved in the process,” Ladd said.  

The situation with the lockout was embarrassing; the fans have a right to be upset because they are the ones that are putting money in our pockets by coming to the games.” Jokinen explained.   Both Jokinen and Ladd are obviously excited about hockey coming back.

An issue that is a hot topic with fans is whether or not they should watch hockey this regular season and beyond. Some fans feel the NHL lockout has left a sour taste in their mouths over what occurred between league players and the owners.

NHL hockey maybe in trouble in small markets like North Carolina and Minnesota. However in Canada hockey is a national pastime and hockey will survive regardless of previous circumstances. It doesn’t mean that we as Canadians will forget the number 113 but as Canadians we have a passion for the sport of ice hockey that goes beyond dollars and cents.


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