Perhaps Gary Bettman Was Asleep During The 2004-05 NHL Lockout

Gary Bettman spoke at MIT's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday morning, and while many of his points regarding the improvement of the league since the NHL Lockout in 2004-05 are valid, this one seems to have missed the mark a bit:

"Our fans were not only tolerant and patient, but were extremely supportive."

Let's look back in time thanks to the archives over at HF Boards, which should give us a pretty solid idea of fan sentiment at the time. A list of thread titles:

Again, just a sampling, but to say that fans were "tolerant" and "patient" and "supportive" during the lockout is just, well ... revisionist history. Some may have taken the league's side during the debate, agreeing that the NHL absolutely needed a salary cap to stay viable, but "tolerant" and "patient" over a lost season? I can't think of one person who was either tolerant or patient that season. My favorite AHL team won the Calder Cup that year, so I had plenty of good hockey to watch, but that doesn't mean I was patient with the NHL's drawn out work stoppage.

Now, post-lockout is a different story. As Bettman cited Friday morning, attendance has gone way up since 2005, and that's a sign that most who answered "No" in that final HF Boards thread linked above were probably lying. But just because we're addicted to the game of hockey doesn't mean we were tolerant and patient with the NHL Lockout, Gary.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.