Unsteady Ground

It is that time again in the hockey life cycle as the Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire on today (September 15, 2012). It seems like it is now just a foregone conclusion that the NHL will have a labour dispute and not be able to solve it in time to save the next season.

What is Wrong in the NHL?

It all started in the late spring 2011 when I was sitting at a local Toronto bar and saw a report on the TV that was a little shocking. I saw a picture of Derek Boogaard and underneath it had the report that Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers enforcer, had been found dead in his home. Later it was revealed that the death was a result of an accidental mix of alcohol and painkillers, to which Boogaard was addicted. I thought to myself, what a sad story that an NHL player passed away well before his time. It has not been completely unusual to see this every now and then in professional sports, especially as a fan of the NFL, but then something else happened.

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