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Hockey writers look for new normal post-NHL lockout

Winnipeg Jets players celebrate Andrew Ladd's second-period goal against the Dallas Stars during...

Winnipeg Jets players celebrate Andrew Ladd's second-period goal against the Dallas Stars during NHL action on Wed., March 14, 2012 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency file photo)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

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It’s time for the column I never wanted to write.

The NHL lockout, the most phony labour dispute ever foisted upon the public, has pushed me to this point.

To the point of navel-gazing, that is. To the point of writing about the media, as a whole, and even about myself as a member of it.

That’s not the role of a journalist. The person telling the story is never to be made the subject of it.

But soon I will find myself in a predicament, and I won’t be the only one.

The dilemma is this: after railing on about the nonsense spewing from the NHL and its players the last few months, how can we go back to normal whenever the games begin again?

“Normal,” of course, means writing about the players and the games as if we should all care. It means selling a story, to a point. Making somebody’s 10-game goal-scoring run, or 10-game drought, sound really important.


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