Let the post-NHL lockout healing begin

Ray Worden, a Al Azhar Shriner going by the clown name 'Sticks', celebrates the end of the NHL...

Ray Worden, a Al Azhar Shriner going by the clown name 'Sticks', celebrates the end of the NHL lockout before the Calgary Hitmen played the Vancouver Giants. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:17 AM ET

Mike Green said it was the best day of his life.

 

Claude Giroux suggested it was “a beautiful day for hockey.”

You can be forgiven for not sharing in their embarrassingly exaggerated excitement.

In fact, it’s OK — normal in fact — for you to have reacted to Sunday’s news the NHL lockout was over by simply shrugging.

“Meh,” was appropriate, as was, “whatever.”

Make no mistake, despite threats to the contrary the vast majority of Canadians will return to the rink when play resumes. They’ll likely start to get excited about the game again much sooner than they thought possible.

But for many of us, it’s still too soon.

After what the league and its players did to the game and the fans the last four months, it defies logic for fans to simply suggest everything is now OK.

Neither side can be forgiven anytime soon for prolonging their insolence, nor will fans ever forget the latest humiliating chapter in NHL lore.


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