The Lockout is over and Hockey is back!
January 29, 2013 • Cynthia Vargas-Recio
Filed under Sports
For nearly four months, hockey fans have had nothing to cheer about. Many feared that the lockout would never end and there would be no hockey this year, but on Jan. 12, their prayers were answered as an agreement was reached and the lockout was over.
The lockout began on Sept. 15, making the league drop from 82 to 48 games. Many fans found that the lockout was annoying and not needed.
“Honestly, I did not really care what they were debating about. I thought it was selfish, and it was affecting the fans,” senior Andrea Diaz said.
The main reason for the lockout was due to the fact that owners wanted to cut the players share of revenue as well as balance out the player’s salaries and contracts.
The loss of over 30 games will greatly affect the players in many ways. One of the most critical ways is injuries. Hockey is a highly contact sport and the necessity for rest is greatly needed. Playing 48 games in 99 days is not going to give the players enough time to rest and heal.
Despite the game shortage fans are just excited to have hockey back.
“I was very happy! It was worth the wait, I wish it would have been sooner but it’s back!” senior Chris Smith said.
The season started on Jan. 19 and will end on April 27. Fans everywhere will be watching.