WBEZ | NHL lockout http://www.wbez.org/tags/nhl-lockout Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en How the NHL lockout affects hockey's young fans http://www.wbez.org/news/how-nhl-lockout-affects-hockeys-young-fans-104771 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74146247&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Blackhawks.jpg" style="height: 271px; width: 380px; float: left;" title="Flicker/Atonment, The team celebrates on the ice after winning the Stanley Cup in 2010 " /></div><p>Blackhawks fans will soon be able to see their favorite players back on the rink after the NHL Player&rsquo;s Association reached a tentative contract agreement.</p><p>Some of the team&rsquo;s youngest fans are already working to score a ticket.</p><p>&ldquo;My kids keep bugging me about being able to take them to hockey games again,&rdquo; said Mike Mullaly, former President of the Ameteur Hockey Association of Illinois.</p><p>But Mullaly said even though fans are excited, he is worried that the lockout will discourage children from starting the sport.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to lose kids because of the lack of NHL games, absolutely&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Particularly the youngest ones.&rdquo;</p><p>Mullaly said the Blackhawks have a trickle down effect on the sport as a whole.</p><p>He said that was clear after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.</p><p>&ldquo;When you have this huge groundswell with the Blackhawks and the enthusiasm for that, you also have an increase in (hockey) participation,&rdquo; Mullaly said.&nbsp;</p><p>Facilities supervisor at the Northbrook Park District Bruce Friedman disagrees.</p><p>He says maybe if the lockout had continued.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;(If) the kids didn&rsquo;t have the professionals to look at and so forth that it could have made an impact in a negative kind of way eventually,&rdquo; Friedman said. &ldquo;But I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s gotten to that point.&rdquo;</p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/how-nhl-lockout-affects-hockeys-young-fans-104771 With no Blackhawks, what's a hockey fan to do? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-10/no-blackhawks-whats-hockey-fan-do-103143 <p><p><a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=643558">A offer made to players by NHL management Tuesday</a> could bring an end to the hockey league&#39;s fourth lockout in 20 years. The six-year deal would give the players and owners a 50-50 split of the approximately $3.3 billion in revenue (the previous deal gave the players 57 percent). If the players approve, the season would begin November 2nd&nbsp;with a full 82-game schedule.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_3blackhawks_hope_to_get_back_on_the_ice_soon_0.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 378px; float: right;" title="Blackhawks hope to get on the ice soon.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" />We&#39;ll keep our fingers crossed for a quick resoultion.&nbsp;In the meantime, what can avid hockey fans do to whet their appetite for the sport?</p><p><a href="http://theahl.com/">The American Hockey League</a> (the hockey minor leagues) just opened their season over the weekend. Locally, the <a href="http://www.chicagowolves.com/">Chicago Wolves </a>and <a href="http://icehogs.com/">the Rockford IceHogs</a> just played head-to-head twice over the weekend. Rockford is an affiliate of the Blackhawks and half their roster has several players that have played for the parent club and were placed with the minor league team prior to the lockout. For the price of a minor league ticket you can see Nick Leddy, Brian Bollig, Andrew Shaw, Jimmy Hayes, Ben Smith, Brandon Saad, Marcus Kruger and Kyle Beach. All of them have spent time with the Blackhawks.</p><p>And, just because there&#39;s no hockey at the United Center doesn&rsquo;t mean the area is devoid of the game. There is <a href="http://www.johnnysicehouse.com/">Johnny&rsquo;s IceHouse East and Johnny&rsquo;s IceHouse West</a>, both located on Madison just blocks away from the U.C. In fact, that has been the center for work-outs of several locked-out Blackhawk players.</p><p>If you want to catch some NCAA Division I hockey, Notre Dame has a program down in South Bend. There are a few Big Ten teams that have ice hockey as part of their school&rsquo;s athletic programs: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State and Penn State. The captain of the Nittany Lions has a very familiar name &mdash;Tommy Olczyk. He is the son of former Blackhawk and team TV analyst Eddie Olczyk. (Speaking of Eddie, he may not have a broadcast audience to talk to, but he did have an audience at the <a href="http://www.ushockeyhall.com/">U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame</a>. Olczyk was inducted into it on Monday for his long playing career that included winning the Stanley Cup with New York. It&rsquo;s a shame that the NHL lockout diminished the luster of that event.)</p><p>The NHL and the Blackhawks have to realize they are playing with fire if they don&#39;t get this deal done. Right now, many people are pre-occupied by plenty of other sports and activities. The Bears are dominating the headlines and could through December and beyond. Northwestern and Notre Dame and other college football are presently enjoying great success. In the next few weeks high school playoff games will occupy many sports fans.</p><p>If the proposal on the table doesn&#39;t resolve the dispute it&nbsp;will be a blow to the Chicago Blackhawks&#39; relationship with their fans. After years of repair and a championship two years ago, it&#39;s doubtful fans will be as forgiving this time around.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a> and on Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame?fref=ts">Cheryl Raye-Stout #AtTheGame</a></em></p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-10/no-blackhawks-whats-hockey-fan-do-103143