Two weeks of NHL games have officially been cancelled, and fans and players are not happy. Both groups are learning to stick together in what can only be seen as hard times for hockey enthusiasts.
“The players are showing really overwhelming solidarity,” said Quinn Mell-Cobb, hockey blogger with The Checking Line.
“The union has a great sense of companionship for the first time in a lockout. The players knew that changes had to be made this time,” said Mell-Cobb
In this podcast, Langara Voice reporter Lev Jackson speaks with Quinn Mell-Cobb, hockey blogger with “The Checking Line”, about the current NHL lockout situation.
Vancouver NHL fans band together to voice their upset over the lockout
While the players are being forced to sit tight, fans across Vancouver will be coming out in numbers Thursday night to protest the lockout.
The protest is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday night, outside Rogers Arena. The timing is symbolic, as 7 p.m. Thursday night was originally going to see the first puck drop of the Canucks 2012-2013 season.
“I’m interested to see what’s going to happen,” said Mell-Cobb
“This is not an NHLPA sanctioned event,” he continued, “This is all the fans coming through completely on their own.”
Fans are encouraged to come to the protest wearing inside-out NHL players’ jerseys.
In this podcast, Langara Voice reporter Lev Jackson speaks with Quinn Mell-Cobb, hockey blogger with “The Checking Line”, about the scheduled lockout protest and what may happen at the event.
Vancouver police plan for a worst case scenario at the NHL lockout protest
Players who still wanted to get on the ice during the lockout have been showing up at ice rinks sporting their teams’ jerseys inside out.
It’s no secret Vancouver fans don’t have the best track record when it comes to forming crowds, as evidenced by the aftermath of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Vancouver. With potentially hundreds of angry fans surrounding Rogers Arena in uniform, the idea of a riot does seem like a possibility.
“After seeing what happened in 2011 when the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Finals, [the VPD] will be out there [in full force] for sure. They won’t let anything get out of hand again,” said Mell-Cobb.
Whether or not the NHL gets it together this season, it’s possible they will lose many high level players to leagues such as the KHL and other European elite leagues. Unlike the 2004 lockout, players now have a viable option to play high level hockey and get paid millions without even stepping foot on NHL ice.
In this podcast, Langara Voice reporter Lev Jackson speaks with Quinn Mell-Cobb, hockey blogger with “The Checking Line”, about how the lockout will play out and whether or not this season is in jeopardy.
Reported by Lev Jackson