30 years now

I confess I have had it with the NHL. Tired of the ever increasing ads on the rink boards and glass targeting the local viewing market. I used to enjoy seeing the permanent ads from other cities which gave a feel for their own companies. Now these stupid ads are flashing and changing via virtual technology and it is so distracting I don't enjoy the game anymore. Too many commercial breaks and inserts. Waaaaay tooo many gambling commercials. 30 years of no Canadian team winning the Stanley cup, 30 years of Bettman NHL with dumb shoot outs and 3 on 3's. No thanks! I'd rather knit something than waste my time on this boring, predictable monetized soap opera.


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May 19, 2023 at 9:46pm

You and many Canadians. Hockey viewership is way down. I say good riddance. There's so many more interesting things to do with your time than watch sports, like go play sports. It's healthy, instead of reading the sports page, and watching games.

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I grew up passionate about playing and watching hockey

May 19, 2023 at 10:09pm

But then I matured to realize the macho violence was sabotaging the morality of our society. Hockey could and should be bound to the same anti-violent rules as soccer. If you cross the violence line in soccer you get red carded out of the game. As well, the hockey media announces sound like they belong in the Planet of the Apes movie.

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Yep. Me too

May 19, 2023 at 10:23pm

I never thought I'd say this, but I've basically given up on watching sports. I'll watch a couple things here and there (the last thing I watched was the women's soccer team winning Olympic gold) but I'm mostly done. I used to be a hockey fan like you but steadily started getting turned off by it.
First, hockey is just a dirty game with no honor. I like contact sports. I think you should play hard, but not try to cheat or injure another player. I was hoping that as the game evolved things would get better. They did not. Remember when you watched pro wrestling as a kid and the "bad guys" would hit the good guy with a weapon while the referee was oblivious? That's what watching the NHL started to feel like for me. Years ago, there was a player named Marc Savard who was forced to retire because of concussions. He was asked by a reporter what the biggest problem with the NHL was, and he answered, "the players don't respect each other." That, in a nutshell, is the biggest thing that disgusts me.
Your point about Canadian teams unable to win a championship for decades is also key. NHLers don't want to live in Canada. They'd rather move to America and rake in money playing in a city full of casual hockey fans who would never recognize them on the street and ask for an autograph. They don't want the attention and pressure they get from playing in Canada so great players that you can build a team around tend to leave as soon as they get the chance. Consequently, Canadian teams are doomed to never really compete for a championship.
There's just no point in watching anymore.

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milking it

May 20, 2023 at 5:47am

ever notice how the playoffs almost always go to 7 games? Like it is just impossible to determine a best of 7 winner without a 3 - 3 situation, get real. I guess the ad revenue is really good.

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May 23, 2023 at 6:49pm

The violence sucks big time and the lack of calls during the playoffs only condones this. Canucks were close to the cup until they were brutalized. Hamhuis broken back...not worth a blood sport AND TOTALLY agree with @milking it. Another point I missed but have noticed. barf.

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