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Hockey fans hurt when players, owners disagree

Posted September 16, 2012

— For some sports fans in the Triangle, fall means more than college football. The National Hockey League training camp is just a week away, and no other major sports league has such strong ties to the Triangle.

In an area where college sports dominate, Derek Roessler and thousands of other Caniacs enjoy the camaraderie of being fans of the Carolina Hurricanes. 

"It's nice to be able to get together and have a common ally, a common foe on one side of the ice or other," he said.

Mike and Leigh Flanagan's life together has revolved around hockey. The two met at a tailgate. They face an indeterminate wait before they return to that PNC Arena parking lot. Players won't report to camp and season tickets won't be mailed until hockey players and team owners can reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The two sides are so far apart that no talks were held on Sunday.

Hockey fan Mike Flanagan Fans, workers suffer in NHL lockout

"I look at leadership," Mike Flanagan said. "No other sports league has had four work stoppages in 20 years."

Meanwhile, its the fans and those who work the local arenas who suffer. 

"I think about Bobby," Mike Flanagan said. 

"Bobby is the security guard for the third level. Bobby has been there for 12 years. Bobby has taken great care of us and made sure the fans have a great time. Bobby is not getting taken care of now."

Rita Stubbs, director of Club Red Volleyball, will be looking for another source of income, too. Club Red players and parents work the concessions at Hurricanes games and raise thousands for travel to games and for player scholarships. She said some families won't be able to afford for their daughters to participate without those funds.

Until the lockout ends, Triangle hockey fans will have to find another way to spend their time.

"Last lockout I would stick my head in the freezer just to smell the ice," Leigh Flanagan said. "I miss the smell of the ice and the sounds of the ice."

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  • juniorsk831 Sep 17, 6:49 p.m.

    Doesn't bother me at all.

    — Posted by patrick85ed

    another non fan I guess.

  • juniorsk831 Sep 17, 6:48 p.m.

    I do not know how many people are crying over the silly NHL lockout. The vendors will be hurt... View More

    — Posted by dehowell2

    obviously you have no idea what you're talkng about. stick to the books and let the real fans go to the games.more seats for the rest of us.

  • methinks Sep 17, 1:33 p.m.

    it is my understanding that the players want more of the money from "product sales by the NHL" not more salary from their owners. What do they have to do with NHL product sales? The NHL is a licensed organization that has its own licensed merchandise. So do they want a larger portion of what sales with their individual name on it or what sales total?? I strongly dislike unions because of their mob mentality and I loved hockey and going to games, but when they went on strike in '05, I quit. Haven't been to a game since or even watched it on tv anymore.

    Hmm, notice NASCAR doesn't strike.

  • Obamacare again Sep 17, 1:25 p.m.

    Good for you guys, but I've been sobbing since Sunday morning.

  • br549znc Sep 17, 1:19 p.m.

    No effect on me whatsoever.

  • patrick85ed Sep 17, 1:11 p.m.

    Doesn't bother me at all.

  • Obamacare again Sep 17, 12:52 p.m.

    Give the players what they want while forcing each of them to sign a clause stating helmets will no longer be used, highsticking is legal and fights shall not end until death.

  • smegma Sep 17, 12:48 p.m.

    i'm not suffering at all

  • jeffnnc Sep 17, 12:39 p.m.

    "If he had any control over the owners he would have told them I do not want to see anyone sign a deal for x amount of years and y amount of money."
    -caniacman

    That's a good idea in theory. But that would be collusion and you would see the NHLPA sue the pants off of the NHL and the owners if they actually did anything like that.

  • Luv2Camp Sep 17, 12:37 p.m.

    The players want to pretend they are just like us. Does anyone out there make over $1 million per year? If you are fortunate to get that money for 5-10 years, you can pretty well retire at the ripe old age of 27.

    Sorry, but I am with the owners on this one.

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