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Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

48 Toronto Maple Leaf Games Are Better Than None

By: Daniel Horowitz
Published: January 21st, 2013 in News » World

Let the joyous news be spread….it’s baaack!

At around 5:20 a.m. on Sunday, January 6th, the National Hockey League lockout ended in the Grand Ballroom at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan when Don Fehr, the head of the NHL Players’ Association, standing right alongside (really!) NHL Commish Gary Bettman, jointly announced that, after, 113 days, the major issues were agreed to in principle, and that it was “Game On!”

And, after a week of an abbreviated training camp, the players were back on the ice this Saturday night for the start of what should be an intense, asterisk-riddled 48-game season.

As an avid hockey fan for more decades than I would ever admit, I can honestly say that this lock-out left me pretty upset. I swore that if and when it ended, I would not be one of those obsessed hockey fans who would return to the rink and support either party, and make a statement.

I swore, up and down, that I would follow my values, morals and convictions, and watch hockey for the sake of hockey, whether it was the hungry youngsters on the Toronto Marlies, and the rest of the American Hockey League, or the kids playing street hockey just down the road from my house.

Hell, even my seven-year-old son, Eli, started his first real hockey season this year! What did I need with the NHL when I had so much joy practicing with him, and a dozen other young kids who wore their cavernous hockey sweaters like dresses, and who fell from the impact of a pass lightly hitting their stick.

Finally, my NHL spell was broken thanks to this lock-out.

Or so I thought!

All of my brave talk was before the lock-out ended. As soon as it was announced that the season would open with the age-old rivalry of the Habs and Leafs, not only did I turn cancel my plans immediately, I shunned my family, turned off all my electronic devices to watch – unhindered – my beloved Maple Leafs 2 to 1 victory over Les Habitant.

And, I’ve already made my contribution to both the NHLPA and the NHL owners (you’re welcome Mr. Fehr and Mr. Bettman) by quickly purchasing my first pair of tickets to this week’s Leafs-Islander’s game at the Air Canada Centre.

And, to all those Americans, like my cousins who were born and bred in Nevada, and other folks who don’t understand why this lock-out weighed so heavily on us here, north of the 49th parallel, let me explain.

It’s simple.

Hockey is much more than just a game. Intrinsically, it is a part of our national fabric.

When I was a kid, regardless of rain, sleet or snow, we’d grab our sticks and nets after school and take to the streets. To this day, I still get the occasional urge to yell, “CAR!” during rush hour on the 401.

All of us who were alive at the time remember where we were when Henderson scored the winning goal in 1972 against the Soviets! Some of us can even recall the Leafs last Stanley Cup in 1967.

Hockey is what defines us; it’s what brings us together as a nation. Regardless of where we’re from; English or French, old or young, hockey is our common language.

It’s a language that was silenced this season far too long this season.

But now, as in any relationship, it’s time to move on, to forgive and forget, and put on your favourite team’s jersey, get together with friends and family, and enjoy the game that we have all loved since birth.

Besides, love mean never having to say you’re sorry.

Welcome back, NHL, it’s good to see you again and, Go Leafs, Go!

Related articles: NHL, Hockey, Strike, Toronto Maple Leafs, Stanley Cup, Canada, Gary Bettman
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