Childish antics plus stubbornness equals the cancellation of the National Hockey League.
[hockey1] No-preference sophomore Corey Clearman, member of MSU’s club hockey team, thinks the Detroit area, often referred to as “Hockeytown,” will be harder hit by the decision and more outraged than other parts of the nation. “I’m angered with it. I think the players are being extremely greedy and the NHL will be hurt severely by this cancellation,” Clearman said. “It’ll just anger more people in Hockeytown. Maybe more people will go watch baseball or something.”
United by the feats and woes of the home team, societies are connected through sports. They provide another realm in which real world problems are suspended for the duration of a game. If one sport isn’t airing during primetime, another one will be. Americans will still shuffle home from work to sit in front of the tube, listening to announcers chattering away.
“Most people in this country are very apathetic as to whether or not there is hockey being played and some may even be glad that it is not on, so they can watch more college basketball or what have you,” Alan Kish, mathematics junior and goalie for MSU’s club hockey team, said. “In the Detroit area the feeling is probably a lot stronger, but life goes on. The Pistons will probably get even more coverage this spring and summer as they defend their title.”
The fiasco has left a more stirring impact on some. Drew Miller, psychology junior and forward for MSU’s varsity hockey team, hopes the ban is a one-season-only deal. Miller remembers the feelings of awe and inspiration he experienced while watching his older brother Ryan play in the NHL for the first time. “It was crazy to see him play against guys that are superstars,” he said.
Ryan Miller cut his three-year goalie career at MSU short to go pro and play for the Buffalo Sabres. He is currently playing in the AHL for the Rochester Americans. Like his big brother, Drew hopes to one day skate onto the ice as a professional hockey player.
“Hockey is my life and hopefully my future job. I grew up watching and playing it,” Drew said. “Being only a sophomore, I don’t think I’m going to be affected by it, hoping that it doesn’t last until I graduate. I think that both sides have good and bad arguments. There should be a salary cap but not as low as they are trying to make it. I just want them to get it figured out A.S.A.P. so hockey won’t be ruined for a long time.”
[drew] Delaying the cancellation and then smashing all hopes of onlookers by failing to negotiate compromise, “professionals” made a mockery of their proficiencies by arguing like children and further sacrificing the integrity of hockey.
“The fact of the matter is hockey is not a popular sport in the U.S. and each side wants revenues that aren’t coming in. If both sides would’ve put the effort into a deal in December that they had in the last two weeks, something may have been able to get worked out,” Kish said. “But both sides were stubborn and were willing to sit out the season, and that’s exactly what they got.”
Hockeytown has already lost over $57 million because of the NHL suspension. Nicolas Lidstrom was declined from playing in the World Championships. Steve Yzerman may never grace the ice of the Joe again. Stanley won’t be presented for the first time since 1919, when a wild flu pandemic struck the nation.
Deprived fans have not yet turned to college hockey as a quick fix to pick them up from their hockey misery, for the Spartans have yet to sell out their games. Further proof: Basketball still makes the front page of The State News before hockey.
Nick Magina, general management sophomore and another member of MSU’s club team, summed up the sentiment across campus. “My life will go on without the NHL, but I miss watching it on T.V. That’s about it.”

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