As of Sunday, January 6, 2013 the travershamockery of the NHL lockout all but ended. I greeted the news with a resounding, “Meh”. This isn’t the reaction most people would expect. At work I’m the “hockey guy”. For the past few months I’ve had co-workers asking if I was ok and if the withdrawals were too much. I told them I was fine. I told them the NHL could shove it if they ever came back. I have the Cutthroats, Pioneers, Eagles and high school hockey to keep me entertained. I’m a hockey fan, not an NHL fan I said.
Well now it’s time for me to put up or shut it. Now it’s time for me to put my money where my mouth is and show that I’m not all talk.
I’m shutting up.
There’s no money in my mouth.
I’m all talk.
The 2 biggest reasons are…
- During the lockout, my anger has been directed at the NHL not the Avalanche. The way Kroenke Sports Entertainment (KSE), parent company of the Avalanche, responded to shooting death of aspiring hocky reporter, Jessica Redfield was amazing. KSE shows that they care about this community. I love them for it.
- My 9 year old daughter, Ashlynn. I wish I would’ve thought to record her reaction today when we told her the news. She’d surely be a YouTube hit by now. After we told her that the NHL and NHLPA came to an agreement, she jumped up and down in girlish glee shouting “AV-A-LANCHE! AV-A-LANCHE!” It was awesome.
So I guess it’s time for me to hook cable back up so we can watch the games. The more I think about it, the more excited I get. A few of the things I’m looking forward to are…
- Seeing Landeskog (aka. Country Forest*) skating as Captain of the Avalanche.
- Seeing Mighty Matt Duchene be mighty again.
- Hearing that the Avalanche have resigned Ryan O’Reilly.
- Knowing that my new nephew, Quinn will finally be able to hear Marc Moser call an Avalanche game on the radio outside of the womb.
- Knowing that I get to finally hear Marc Moser on the radio, too.
- Seeing a Kyle Keefe/Mark Rycroft post-game show.
- Seeing my hockey-related blogs and hockey friends on Twitter talking about hockey again.
I can’t wait!
* – Adrian Dater, hockey reporter for the Denver Post found out that using Google Translate to translate Swedish to English interprets “Landeskog” as “Country Forest”. This was one of the few good things to happen because of the lockout.