Lack of compromise in NHL lockout insulting to Canadians

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media after labour negotiations with the NHLPA went...

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media after labour negotiations with the NHLPA went south in New York, N.Y., Dec. 6, 2012. (LUCAS JACKSON/Reuters)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 PM ET

I’m not sure there are any official numbers on something like this, but it’s safe to say Thursday’s NHL melodrama in New York was one of the most-watched programs in Canada.

Yup, we care so much about the NHL that we are glued to TVs and Twitter feeds, while a bunch of billionaires and millionaires try to figure out a way to divvy up our hard-earned entertainment dollars.

Why do we care that much? Because hockey is a way of life for Canadians and the NHL is part of our fabric as a nation.

This is not just some pastime for the wealthy and bored. This is Saturday night with the family, it’s street hockey with your buddies when you were a kid, it’s pretending to be Hull or Howe or Gretzky or Crosby, it’s outdoor shinny under the lights, it’s Don Cherry.

It’s our culture and a huge part of people’s lives in this country.

This is why this squabble between the rich and the richer is so insulting to Canadians.

We desperately want to spend our money on ho


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