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Kevin Smith on the lockout: “Honor the game”

Oct 16, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Director Kevin Smith has been associated with hockey ever since characters from “Clerks” played a rooftop game, so it only makes sense that ESPN carried his thoughts on the lockout.

“Silent Bob” voiced opinions carried by many fans, asking that the NHL and NHLPA put their issues aside and “honor the game.”

The most interesting bit came in his final thoughts, where the New Jersey native surprisingly implied that his rooting interests now lie with the Los Angeles Kings:

“You should never have a lockout. You fight if you must. You work without a contract. But stop play all together? I’m 42 years old and I’ve seen enough hockey to exist a year or two without. But what happens to your kids? My [Los Angeles] Kings just won the Stanley Cup but now there is no hockey. How do you explain that to a 9-year-old? I get it. It’s a money game. People got to get paid. It’s the beautiful simplicity based on people saying, ‘I need my cut, my percentage.’ I get it. People want to make money. But they need to think about the audience. Without the audience, you ain’t got no money.”

And Smith knows his audience.

  1. lewdood - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Meh, lots of fans have Eastern & Western teams. Granted, he’s a Devils fan, so he probably felt he’d be happy regardless who won the Final last year. And considering he’s seen NJ win a couple Cups already, and the Kings never had, it was probably like re-living that first Devils Cup from the ’90s.

    Regardless — Kevin Smith rules….

    • richter35lundqvist30 - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      Kevin Smith is hysterical, but if the Rangers and Blackhawks played for the cup you’d never hear me celebrating about how “my Hawks” came home with Lord Stanley’s Chalice.

  2. rodge1 - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    (yawn)… Kevin Smith should stick to what he knows, comic books.

  3. jessejames182 - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    The Stanley cup must have been a breeze for him he either won as a jersey boy, or as part of the “hardcore” LA celebrity fans, who probably had to be reminded they had an NHL team.

  4. jimw81 - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    He’s a hardcore devils fan but became a kings fan because of winning the cup? that’s definition of an bandwagon fan….

  5. sjsharks66 - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I believe he has 2 teams. An eastern and western. I do, sharks and pens

    • skc1701 - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Me too! As a Georgian, the only place to LOSE not one but two teams To Canada, I still follow/cheer on the Flames… but the Pens have been my main team since the Flames left Atlanta. And those of you asking yourselves – no, I never could convince myself to be a Thrashers fan (long story, with short version of ‘good riddance’).

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 16, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Or, if you’re a Leafs fan like me, you have your regular season team, and then pick another one to cheer for when the playoffs start. :-(

  6. bcjim - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Never heard of him

  7. doubles22 - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    “Look at you. You can’t even pass!”

  8. dropthepuckeh - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    If you “have two teams” you actually don’t have any. I think you can appreciate hockey and prefer one team to win over another when your own team is eliminated but to call them “my” is ludicrous. “My” team is the team you grow up on, you fight for and the one you follow regardless of where they are in the standings.

    That said, Kevin Smith is great and gets a pass. “This job would be great if it wasn’t for the f-ing customers.”

    • skc1701 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      So die-hard Jets fans should not support the Thrashers-Jets but should only support the Jets-Coyotes – because that’s the team they “grew up on”?

      I disagree, but respect your opinion on fandom. To each his own, but when your first wife leaves you for greener pastures… and you’re with your second wife…doesn’t mean you should love your second wife less or not wish the first one well.

      I also respect Jets fans cheering on their new team but still having a soft spot for the Coyotes… similar to what we Georgians have gone through minus Flames, minus Thrashers.

      • dropthepuckeh - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        I humbly stand corrected. If your team moved out of town, not only does it suck, it also gives you a perfect reason to support another. I guess I meant standing by your city. Either way its only my opinion obviously although I’m guessing if your team left town it was probably because they didn’t have enough passionate fans anyway….

    • mhazz84 - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      I’m a Blues/Sabres fan. My dad is from the Buffalo area and molded me into a Sabres fan at a very young age. However, I grew up in Peoria with the Blues farm club and have lived in St. Louis for my entire adult life. I’ll cheer for the Blues the one time a year they play the Sabres and would if the two teams met for the cup, but I don’t think it’s difficult to maintain fandom for two teams. Totally different than fans of Detroit and St. Louis, like some idiots I know.

  9. fortwaynekomets - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    The NHL is insane to do this lockout. if they cancel the season, RIP NHL.

    Bettman is already like 90 years old. he’s a dinosaur. how far into the future is he looking? because they are losing millions by the DAY! how much does he possibly think he can gain by getting an extra 2-3% when it will take years, if ever, to repair the damage of yet another lost season!

    NHL & NHLPA… Screw your heads on already!!!

  10. fortwaynekomets - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    also, who are any of you to tell anyone who they can ne a fan of.

    Guess what? My 3 favorite teams are The Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, and LA Kings. :)

    also a huge ex-Northstars fan so I appreciate the Dallas Stars. I also like the Anaheim Ducks. again, who are you to tell any hockey fan what team(s) they should like? lol

    but my post is irrelevant since there are ZERO teams playing in the NHL right now.

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