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Vancouver NHL fans organize protest to voice displeasure over the lockout

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media in New York (Photo by Carlo Allegri, Reuters)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media in New York. Photo: Carlo Allegri, Reuters

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.

The gates to Rogers Arena are locked up while the season is on hiatus. Photo by Canadian Press
The gates to Rogers Arena are locked up while the season is on hiatus. Photo: Canadian Press

“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

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  1. Cody ellsworth says

    I am the owner of a small construction business. The majority of my work comes from residential improvements. My number one business rule I’d to keep the customer happy, for without a happy customer I have no business. This is not revolutionary thinking. It is a business model I have borrowed from almost every other company in the history of the world. So why is it that the NHL and it’s players can continually take me for granted and never suffer adverse consequences? This is why I solemnly vow to never spend another dime on this product. I will always be a fan, and will still watch games on tv, I am a Canadian after all. My days of attending live games are long over with. I bought my last jersey 3 years ago. Nhl2010 is the last hockey related video game I will ever own. This is the only way I know how to voice my anger and I hope that enough people agree with me that we can sufficiently punish those who take us for granted in the only way they understand. Financially

  2. fred scarfe says

    When NHL settles,fans form a committee to address our demands. In the meantime,we all stay away. We have the power collectively to affect change. ITs long overdue and time to stop the greed. We will all benefit in the long run and its the right thing to do.Fans,we can do it.Are you in?

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