The Lockout – What I’ve Learned

Surprising fact – this is my first true NHL lockout.

  • 1992: Technically a strike, but who’s counting. I was 12-years old, and have no recollection of this event.
  • 1994/95: I was 14 years old, maybe sliding into 15 years old. I was more interested in sneaking cigarettes behind Rockland Shopping Centre and semi-caring about why boys never asked me to dance at Loyola. The latter has since been answered.
  • 2004/05: You would think this would have been my first true experience with no hockey, but I was living abroad as an English teacher in South Korea and streaming games was not yet an option! A very small group of us used to huddle around a single laptop to listen to the  online radio broadcast of the games, but it wasn’t the same. When the lockout happened in 2004/05, there was no change in my day to day life.

(on a side note: I single handily tried to bring ice hockey to Pocheon, South Korea. For the life of me I could not find hockey equipment, so I used upside down umbrellas, a ball, and an empty school yard. I organized my kids into teams and dropped the “puck”. About 45 seconds later, the daughter of the principal got an umbrella stick to the face, and split the skin on her cheek bone – she was 6-years old.  With that, South Korea’s inaugural ice hockey program came to an end).

What I’ve Learned in my First Lockout: A list of 10 items

  1. Without hockey, there’s nothing to watch on television. Game of Thrones only starts on March 30th, so for now my TV entertainment consists of Rosanne re-runs. I had NO IDEA that whole last season was just a dream and DAN ACTUALLY DIED!!!
  2. I don’t miss the player stories as much as I actually miss watching the game being played. I always considered myself an emotional fan, and loved the narrative of the season. However, what I find myself missing is actual hockey…this brings me to point #4
  3. There is some amazing hockey to watch that isn’t NHL.  CWHL, AHL, QMJHL, these are all accessible for our viewing pleasure, just not as “in our face 3x per week” like the NHL
  4. Montreal bars during a winning game. It’s the best. I miss it.
    • …as I do game-time socializing in general. I haven’t been to a seedy bar to drink beer I don’t enjoy in MONTHS!
  5. Basketball is boring
  6. Football is confusing
  7. Tennis isn’t televised often enough
  8. I have A LOT of free time now. So much so that it actually worries me how many hours per week I dedicated to the NHL. 6+ hours per week of actual game watching, never-mind the countless hours spent reading, discussing, analysing and complaining. That energy has been rededicated in proportional amounts to the other loves in my life (like Jojo!)
  9. The seasonality of hockey is so engrained in my understanding of the passage of time, that I often find myself not knowing which month it is. Whereas if NHL hockey were being played, it would obviously be November because the Habs would be in their annual November slump.
  10. I don’t have much to talk about besides hockey! I’ve discovered my areas of expertise are limited to three subject areas: A Song of Ice and Fire, and the resulting TV series, A Game of Thrones, Food and Alcohol, and Hockey. Eliminate hockey, and I’ve lost a third of my conversational abilities!! A THIRD!

My next post will be 10 things I’m doing to entertain myself during the lockout…

4 comments for “The Lockout – What I’ve Learned

  1. Mark
    November 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm


    …also give basketball a real chance. Start with the college game though.

    • Maureen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

      But not a college game on TV… get yourself out to a gymnasium… it is a fast pace exciting game, Steph!

      • November 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm

        Ugh i don’t know! Maybe live is better, but when I watch basketball all I see is running to one end, setting up, making a shot, going back the other direction, make a shot, repeat. There’s little to no neutral zone action.

        Also, I like it when a goal counts for something. I can’t get excited about a basket when there is going to be 100 more of them.

  2. Jenn
    November 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    OMG! Spoiler alert for point #1!!!

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