Jericho weighs in on NHL
WWE star gives Sun his two cents on hockey league's labour negotiations
TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun
There are three ways to get Chris Jericho talking -- You can bring up his wrestling career, you can bring up his music career or you can bring up hockey.
The WWE star recently sat down with the Sun to give his two cents on the ongoing labour relations saga in the NHL.
"It really peeves me off that there's no season," Jericho said.
"I think diehard fans like myself are annoyed but I think your average fan or your fair-weather fan will be gone. It's going to take a lot of work to bring those fans back."
Jericho, whose Hockey Hall of Fame father Ted Irvine played for the New York Rangers, said Bob Goodenow has greatly over-estimated the league's popularity.
"Newsflash for everybody in the NHL office: Hockey's not as big as they'd like to believe it is," Jericho said. "I live in Florida and, believe me, a lot of people just don't give a damn.
"(The NHL) lost all the headway and all the goodwill that they had. I think they really shot themselves in the foot because they turned away a lot of fans that were starting to get into the game. Those fans have now gone back to NASCAR or tiddly winks or whatever it is they watched before."
And while hockey bosses and NHLPA reps are hinting the end of the lockout may be in sight, Y2J doesn't share their optimism.
"Both the players and the owners have an ego about how big hockey is," said Jericho. "I hope they know what they're doing but I honestly don't think they do."
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