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Taylor Hall has some complaints about life in the minors

Nov 10, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Taylor Hall AP

For many young NHL players, they’re fortunate they get to still play hockey while the league locks out the players. While playing in the AHL may not be optimal for many guys, it’s something, right?

For Edmonton’s Taylor Hall, playing for the Oklahoma City Barons is an experience he totally wasn’t ready for as he tells Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun.

“There’s not a lot of fans in Oklahoma,” sighed Hall, who played to 2,064 in his first game back.

“And in San Antonio we were pretty much playing on cement, the ice was so bad. Now, we get to come to Canada and be in front of a crowd that really does care about hockey.

“There’s a lot you miss about the NHL, but being in front of the fans and scoring a big goal is definitely a good feeling.”

Don’t go thinking Hall is totally against playing in the minors. He says he’s thankful to be skating with his teammates, but it’s an adjustment, especially the long bus rides.

Still, you wonder if Hall will hear it from the fans who are showing up to watch them play.

  1. bigoldorcafromvan - Nov 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Well Taylor I am happy for you and your kid stars are playing hockey and getting better but I hope you get used to playing there cause I don’t think there is going to be NHL this year. At least I hope they get the CBA right before there is NHL.

  2. sjsharks66 - Nov 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Cry me a river hall.

  3. joeyashwi - Nov 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    What a punk!

  4. sharksfan97 - Nov 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    These players must be totally oblivious to how people will perceive their comments. Note to players: keep your mouths shut, stop complaining, you make millions playing a game, very few people will ever have sympathy for you, so just shut up and play the damn game!

  5. 4ahlbears - Nov 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Problem is OKC doesn’t play in Hershey this year. Some of the best ice in hockey, and the most knowledgable fans in the AHL. Plus as my friend Mr. Howe said, “Everybody who is anybody has played in Hershey”.

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    So when the Oilers need to move one of the youngins’ up front for some help on the blueline, something tells me that the EDM faithful will look to Hall for the likely candidate. Players shouldn’t chirp their fans. Especially when they have no equity.

  7. redwinger87 - Nov 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Wow sounds ruff. Someone get this kid a private jet!

  8. antkowiak666 - Nov 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    would you like some cheese with that whine Mr. Hall?!

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