NHL and the NHLPA Do the Right Thing

By Patrick Hoffman

One thing that all hockey fans can agree on is that lockouts and strikes are awful for our favorite sport.

We had a strike shortened season during the 1994-95 season, a lockout for the entire 2004-05 season, and a strike shortened season during the 2012-13 season. That's a lot of hockey that was not played and probably a decent number of fans that were lost during these tough times.

This time around, the NHL and NHLPA worked together to make a smart decision to not only benefit themselves, but the fans as well. Each party decided not to reopen the CBA.

The NHL made their announcement on August 30 while the NHLPA made it on deadline day, which was September 15, which means that there will be labor peace through the 2021-22 season. This is such great news for everyone involved in the game.

For starters, it means that the league and its players agree that it would be best for them to continue working together to not only improve the CBA, but to improve the game as a whole. The more these two groups work together, the better things will be in the long run.

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Secondly, it shows that both the league and its players know what a stoppage would mean. Besides lost playing time and lost money, it would mean that they would be driving more fans away from the sport, something that no one can afford when it comes to hockey.

Lastly, it means that we can rest easy through the 2021-22 season. We can focus on the games, playoffs, trades, free agency, and everything that makes this sport fun and exciting without having to worry about there being a strike or lockout in the near future.

This is a great way to go into the season folks! Let's drop the puck!

Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave.

He has previously covered the league for WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

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