After 113 days of an NHL work stoppage via lockout, it’s actually safe to say it’s finally over. It’s official, the NHL is back in business. However, some fans have voiced out the they don’t really care if the lockout is over. They are not happy with the NHL and their local teams. Many have said they will boycott the games and not watch any of the NHL. Some said they won’t spend a cent that would benefit their local hockey and some said they will take up knitting. Well, I can’t knit, but to each their own.
I’ve talked to many fans on twitter like @ThePrawnGuy ,Jay Mayede, who said he is boycotting the NHL because of this lockout. He even went to far to tweet just how long:
@ThePrawnGuy:<—- pretty much ignoring hockey until after Grey Cup in Nov.
Jay has expressed he is probably going to buy Vancouver Whitecaps FC season tickets and for the money he’d spend for three or four Canucks games.
@ThePrawnGuy: … for 4 decent Canucks tickets, i could buy Lions or Whitecaps seasons tix and get change
Meanwhile Jason Baker, @JBonCanucks has had mixed feelings about the whole thing and tweeted to me
@JBonCanucks: Just excited to have hockey back and that’s sort of what I’m choosing to focus on. Not as much time invested though.
This seems to be the most common consensus of the majority of the Canucks fans on twitter and those that I have talked to personally. Even long time season ticket holder, Chris Baldwin, @cbaldwin74, is still a little ‘iffy’ on jumping in wholeheartedly. Although he was disgruntled by the lockout, he does feel the Canucks are trying to make amends, at least throughout the beginning of the season with their fan offers.
@cbaldwin74: The @VanCanucks also need to make sure they target Season Ticket holders who left their money with the team
Then there are the likes of fans like Jocelyn Aspa aka @suitoflights who said
@suitoflights: I’m really excited about it! It’s been far too long, I’m ready for the puck to drop
Lindsay Bayne gave a heartfelt tweet talking about the upcoming season after viewing the newest Canucks TV Video
@causticchick: Well, I cried watching the new Canucks TV today, so I guess I’d say over-excited and emotional.
Excited isn’t enough to describe these ladies’ anticipation for the upcoming season and they are not alone!
I think it’s great to see a wonderful spectrum of opinions from the Canucks fan base. However, I am with Baldwin and Baker on this one. I am excited, but at the same time, I am hoping the Canucks do as much as they can to show the fans they are appreciated.
Are the Canucks the villians in this situation? Did they gauge the fans until we’re bled dry and want more now that they are back in business? If that is the case, nothing the Canucks do will be enough for some, that’s ok. We have the choice to say no. Remember that.
For me? I am excited to be heading to Rogers Arena and hitting my foursquare check-in for a hockey game, not a rock concert. But I’m not ready to depart with funds to buy new merchandise quite yet. Call it my little ‘boycott’ towards the NHL, the NHLPA and their ‘lockout’. The difference between me and the ‘complete boycott’ people? I love Canucks hockey way too much to be away from it for too long. So I will see you at the rink, in last year’s fashions, but I will be there, in anticipation for a new Canucks season.
Parting words: Go Canucks Go!