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Stephen Harper calls lockout “a dangerous situation”

Dec 18, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on the NHL’s lockouttwice, actually – so it only makes sense that Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided to air his grievances.

The “avid hockey fan” shared his concerns about the league with TVA’s Pierre Bruneau on Tuesday.

“For the NHL, this is a dangerous situation,” Harper said. “It’s sad to see the relationship so broken.”

Many would argue that Harper is the more hockey-qualified of the two politicians – and not just because Harper is Canadian.

Most simply, Harper wrote the foreword for the book “How Hockey Explains Canada” while Obama received some mild critiques from hockey fans because he hasn’t attended a Washington Capitals game.

Either way, it’s a layup to appeal to spurned hockey fans even if it’s unlikely that criticisms from politicians will get the two sides talking any sooner.

In the mean time, Harper said he’ll divert his puck-loving attention to the upcoming 2013 World Junior tournament.

  1. acieu - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    A day late and a loony short?

  2. wsphloyd - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM

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    Gary Bettman must go!!!!

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      And Fehr

    • villi5ed - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Okay, the tally here on te Fire Bettman post above is 5 for, 14 against as of 12:07am on December 19.

      3 to 1 against a post that says Gary Bettman must go. The same Gary Bettman who is booed when he
      goes outside to eat a meal, booed when he gets into his car, booed when he brushes his teeth, booed
      by his own family, for chrissakes. I have never ever ever ever seen this man at a public event when he
      was not lustily booed. Continuously. Loudly. Nonstop.

      But on this forum, where anyone who dares to suggest that the league’s PR department is not in ultra
      overdrive in an attempt to massage public opinion (see Luntz, Frank) is attacked, we are supposed to
      believe that a post calling for Bettman’s job is roundly disapproved by a 3 to 1 margin.

      Yeah, right, sure. There is no ballot stuffing going on here. There are no shills logging int to skew
      results. No way! Absolutely no way. This is a true measure of the respect and affection that the hockey
      world holds for Mr. Bettman. A call for an end to his reign of error? A resounding answer from the
      masses: Leave Gary alone! He’s doing a great job! All hail the Bettmeister!

      • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:35 AM

        MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!! :)

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        we also have available for the holidays the following excellent “stocking stuffer” tee’s:

        – FROM KHL WITH LOVE !







      • joshuakorr - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:50 AM

        I can’t speak for others, but I gave it a thumbs down because the guy keeps on linking to his fire-bettman merchandise. That’s annoying. It might be the case that other people were simply annoyed by that too, he posts on every article. Its kind of like blomfeld, whatever he says he gets a thumbs down, even if it makes sense.

  3. samurai3939 - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Oh great. ANOThER politician opens his mouth. That will help.

    • badintent - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      He’s in crisis mode, U.S. will win juniors and ice curling TV rating are down.

      • kitshky - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        Well …actually if he was worried about Canada’s performance at the WJC’s he’d be pressuring the NHL to NOT come back until after the tournament.

        With the addition of the NHL caliber Canadians the Canadian team goes from mediocre to best in class.

      • badintent - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM


        If Harper would call Bettman( you and I would both pay good $$ to hear that one ), it would go something along these lines…”
        Harper:” How about another Federal tax, we have lots of taxes here, and a strong dollar to match.”
        Bettman:” Taxes, taxes, we talking about taxes ??”
        Harper:” Yes, dear, not your bogus luxury tax , and now our Canadian teams can pay the best players on par with your American Evil Empire teams.”
        Bettman:” OK, I get it. You hold the hammer.” How about we have a 30 game season and a 40 game playoff so the owners can charge double the ticket prices ?”
        Harper :” Sounds fair, I’m a free market guy and your biggest trading partner.”
        Don’t for get my 10 will call tickets for the finals in Ottawa.( capital of Canada and Harper’s residence). I know you can arrange for the Senators to be in the finals , right ?
        Bettman:” OK, but the TV guys on gonna be on my butt for that. You own me a Whislter ski condo and a 5 year supply of Beavertails and maple syrup.

      • blomfeld - Dec 20, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        @badintent – very well done sir ! :)

      • badintent - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        thank you sir, may Santa bring you a bottle of Mission Hill proprietary reserve 2004 Cab Sauv. and a bottle of Burning Church 2007 Merlot.

      • badintent - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM

        First they have to learn to beat the Fins, 10 penalties and some goalie riding his brother’s coattails ain’t gonna get it done. Too many Beavertails and Tim Bits, too slow, more interference calls, more 5 on 3s. bronze medal is their goal.

  4. esracerx46 - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    As a dumb American I gotta ask, who the hell is Stephen Harper? Charlie and Alan’s brother? Why is it that Canadians can easily name the US President, yet most Americans dont know Canada has a Prime Minister much less what his name is? Sorry this is the crap I think about when I dont get any NHL hockey

    • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      “Hear Hear ! … the Right Honorable Stephen Harper has spoken !” …

      And about bloody time too, eh ? Despite the fact that this communique was likely suggested by his handlers, I still say “good on you” sir for finally doing the right thing ! While the lockout perhaps started out as a lark for some (myself included), I can assure our American friends that this is now no longer a laughing matter. NHL hockey in Canada is as “essential” to our very existence in the winter, as baseball is to you Americans in the summer. I am a Canadian man and I don’t like what’s happening today one bit .

      Dear Canada, we love thee and we always will !

      • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:31 AM

        Dear Id4joey and Valoisvipers …

        Friends, I seriously get tears in my eyes every time I hear this song? On some occasions in fact, I will start crying uncontrollably ? I don’t know what it is, but I almost “always” truly lose it ? In all seriousness … do you guys sometimes feel the same thing, or am I just some freak who was born in Montreal who maintains strong emotional ties ?

      • id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:24 AM

        1967! I remember that red passport you purchased and was stamped when you visited one of many pavilions. Montreal was happening in 60s and 70s. Expo 67, Montreal Expos, Grey Cups, Olympics, and the Canadiens owned the Stanley Cup. You have a lot to be emotional about.

      • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        Joey – Yes friend, it probably is that and more. We left Montreal in ’69 and I’ve actually never been back there since … maybe one day eh ?

        Anyway, I just mentioned on another article to Valoisvipers that your input here reminds me a lot of a radio personality called Phil Hendrie. His show used to be hilarious, as he would dupe callers into having these crazy debates with his various guests, most of which were actually him ! … terrific fun :)

        ps seriously: please do keep us posted this week, as the coming days are going to be interesting now, what with Christmas fast approaching and the whole Mayan thing on Friday, etc …

      • valoisvipers - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        Blomfeld Yes indeed that video does stir up good memories from a fun era in our history.I was eleven years old and was awestruck while walking around Expo 67 and learning what the rest of the world was all about.Who knows maybe you,Joey and I were there on the same day. Let the good times roll friend.

    • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Why Esracerx46 ?

      Well friend, perhaps that’s because with just 3% of the world’s population, the US accounts for more than 25% of the world’s GDP ! Anything and everything that goes on in any other country is somehow dependent on or connected to the US … and yet the same doesn’t apply in reverse. Make no mistake about it man, you guys are # 1 !!! :)

    • hockeyfan28 - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      There’s a good percentage of adults in the u.s. who can’t identify Hawaii on a map much less know the leader of a country who actually balanced a budget.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    I agree with this guy. The WJC is more entertaining than listening to lawyers speak lawyer-speak.

  6. acieu - Dec 19, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    We don’t have to worry about the 21st being the end of the world per the Mayan calendar. It will already be the next day in Australia.

  7. csilojohnson - Dec 19, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    You share a lot of great insight blomfeld, id4joey, whatever other names you post under. I do have to say though the whole third person, multiple personalities thing is a little whacked. Having more then one account is sad on it’s own. Posting questions and answers to your own 2nd account is bat sh!t crazy.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      csilojohnson No bat sh!t crazy is believing someone is posting questions and answers to a 2nd account.

  8. whatthepuck2012 - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Agree with Joshua. I don’t thumbs down the sentiment. I thumbs down the spam.

  9. omniusprime - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Harper can keep on whining about the lack of an NHL season, but it’s really good for pro sports to have the most disgusting pro sport out on strike. Harper should try enjoying other forms of hockey, like the juniors since they at least play hockey, unlike the NHL pro’s who are nothing but padded sissies with sticks on ice trying to see who gets in the best cheap shot. Hopefully soon the whole season will be lost.

    Hockey Stick – Apply Directly to the Forehead!!!

    Na na na na, Na na na na, Hey-ey Goodbye!!!

  10. apwarrior250 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    @esracerx46,Thank You Sir!! Lol.That just made my day as a Canadian.Cant wait to tell my family and friends.And to answer your question,Stephen Harper is “both.”He is our Prime Minister(and a damn good one) and also the oldest brother of 3.Stephen,Charlie and Allan.

  11. 127taringa - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    I thought that Justin Trudeau was going to be taking over..

  12. id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    2008 poll – 37% of Americans are unable to locate America on a map. But, the know how to kill the global economy. Hahaha

  13. augsburg12 - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Esracer46 It is called a better educational system. One without guns

  14. id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Harper is the man. He pressured the OHL to suspend Stefan Noesen so he would not be eligible to play for Team USA at the WJC. Now that’s using your power to support Canada’s National sport. I suppose Harper can be compared to G.W. Bush. He too used his power as president of the U.S.A to support the American’s national sport, killing unassuming civilians for oil and lying about WMDs.

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