NHL Lockout: Have Fans Come to Terms with No Hockey in 2012-13?

November 24th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
Metropolitan Detroit will have no hockey-related boosts in tourism this year with the cancellation of the NHL Winter Classic three weeks ago.

Columbus can now make the same melancholy claim in the wake of Friday’s cancellation of the NHL All-Star Game.

All that is left in the way of marquee events for the year 2013 is a Stanley Cup tournament and championship series, the latter to be split between two yet-to-be-determined markets.

From that angle, there is still technically hope for everybody in a better-than-nothing NHL season.

But in light of the latest tide eroding a little more of the schedule, are people retaining or relinquishing that hope?

It is most likely the latter.

Even before Columbus’ All-Star Game was called off, a week prior as a matter of fact, one of the local beat writers opined that hockey fans are already prepared to accept that a 2012-13 season is a lost cause.

Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch concluded his critical column as follows:

“It is apparent that the league is bent on a path to irrelevance and, at this point, fans are willing to cooperat ...

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