TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - Hockey fans are disappointed with what is happening in the NHL, but they are not letting it get them too upset just yet.
Mike George concentrated on his sons skating across the ice during a pre-season game for high school hockey, fully aware that there could be less Detroit Red Wings games for them to watch together this year because of a lockout.
“With them being active n their own leagues and own sports I don’t think it’s affected them. When it comes to the middle of winter when they watch a game maybe it will,” said George. He said he’s not too worried yet because the National Hockey League’s regular season does not start until October 11.
“If it gets more into the regular season I’m sure it will be a big downer if it doesn’t happen,” said George.
The main sticking point is the money for owners and players. They can still salvage the season, but if they don’t teenagers like 14-year-old Jackson LaBlanc will take it the hardest.
“I watch them to improve my playing,” said LaBlanc. The professional players are the guys he looks up to for inspiration. “I’m not going to be happy, at all,” he said if they do not settle soon.
Even though the last lockout cancelled the 2004-2005 season fans came back, full force, and there was actually an increase in attendance.
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