We are the fans, and we are the reason you have a season to begin with. Whether we are from a legendary and storied franchise like the Flyers or the Habs. Or we scream MARTY’S BETTER! at The Rock or we are all about Crosby and the Pens, we are all Hockey fans. We come alive at the games. We hear the warm up music start and something builds inside us, and in every person near us. It connects us. It makes us family for one night. And you, the Owners, are part of that. You become the source of light, love and sometimes hatred. Hatred for trading our favorite player. Love for keeping the team together. Giving is hope and light when we think our season is over.
We sit at the games, in our t-shirts and jerseys, our passion evident. We cry out when one of the players gets hit. We cheer and scream and chant when a goal is scored. We jeer over an unfair call. We are the Fans. We are Loyal. Nothing can change that. Nothing ever will. Unless you lock us out again.
I only became a fan recently, and it was hockey that pulled me through a tough period in my life. My team means everything to me. They were my source of hope for months. I got to see them play at home, and since I am an out of state fan, walking into that game, was like walking into my second home. I knew every other person out there was just as loyal, just as crazy about that team as I am. It was one of the single best experiences in my life.
You can’t even imagine how much it would hurt, then, to see that we might not even HAVE a season.
Our players are the most under paid athletes out there. For the wear and tear on their bodies, and the early retirements because they can’t play anymore, they deserve a bit more. I won’t say give them what ever they want, just so I can walk into a game and feel that spark inside me that makes us the best pro sports fans out there, but I will say that you need to work with them. Give them something. Give them what they deserve.
I am closing this letter, with a plea. A plea that I think every die hard fan can relate with.
Let them play. Let us watch. Give us a Season. Without us to watch, you won’t have anything to lock out. The Players can go overseas. We can’t.
A Hockey and Devils fan.