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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.

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