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09-20-2012, 10:53 AM
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Shannon Confirms Hockeyville is about more than hockey

John Shannon tweets that NHLPA asked about keeping the Hockeyville event going ahead and that they were turned down.

https://twitter.com/JSportsnet/statu...02647128293377

Now while I didn't want to really see the Blue Jackets, it still shows how important hockey as a game is to the two sides in the current dispute.

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None of the sponsors or the network that broadcast the game want to piss off the NHL and lose a partner for a long time or permanently.

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I guess this is some good public relations for the NHLPA that they wanted the event to happen despite the lockout and the NHL looks like the bad guy for saying no.

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How would the game even work? Would they just summon the teams for one day?

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How would the game even work? Would they just summon the teams for one day?
How game ready would they be too?

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I wonder if the NHLPA could do an exhibition game on their own without the NHLs involvement?

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I wonder if the NHLPA could do an exhibition game on their own without the NHLs involvement?
Absolutely, as long as they didn't wear NHL merchandise or market it as NHL-sanctioned and whatnot. They could do it for charity. Would have to modify the rules to turn it into more of a shinny/All Star match with no contact, for insurance reasons.

It would actually be a great PR move for the NHLPA and I'm sure the players are jonesing for a game. It wouldn't even have to be those two NHL teams, they could just have a bunch of locked out, established NHLers make all-star teams and give the fans the hockey they were promised.

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