Next to the cancellation of the 2012-13 season entirely the cancellation of this years outdoor game in Detroit has to be a close second when it comes to terrible news for hockey fans. As TSN hockey analyst, Ray Ferraro said so eloquently on TSN 1050 radio when asked his thoughts on the game being scrapped, "IT SUCKS!!" I couldn't have said it better myself. The outdoor game has become a huge success. It has grown from a two day event to what would have been a week long celebration in Detroit. In addition to the traditional Old Timers Game there were to be games featuring the University of Michigan, the Red Wings AHL farm team from Grand Rapids as well as other JR. hockey. The celebration was to have generated 75 million for the Detroit area.
It is mind boggling to think that with intelligent leaders on both sides of the bargaining table in Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr that we find ourselves in this position and no end to the lockout in sight. Personally, I don't care who is right and who is wrong. With no hockey being played both sides need to take a look in the mirror and wake up. Wait much longer and you could find yourself relegated to the SPEED Network in the not to distant future.