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Fan boycotting Blackhawks despite undefeated streak

Mar 8, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks fan Steven Schucker has given up hockey for the 2013 season, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

Yes, this form of protest is because of the lockout. And yes, it’s despite the fact the Chicago Blackhawks are on a historical run to begin the season, going undefeated in regulation through the first 24 games.

“You have an NHL commissioner who doesn’t care about his sport and it got to the point it just turned me off hockey,” Schucker told the Chicago Tribune on Thursday.

“I can’t support watching a sport run by someone like that. I love the Hawks. My issue is with the principle of what’s going on with the sport. It would be easy for me to drop my gloves and say, ‘OK, I’ll go back and watch.’ But I’m a man who believes in standing by my principle, tough as it is to do this year.”

The lockout clearly had fans outraged, however it seems most have forgiven those involved with the work stoppage.

As per the NHL’s public relations department, attendance is on the rise, as are television ratings.

The Blackhawks’ current run – they came into Friday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche needing just five games short of the all-time record of 35 games without a regulation loss, held by the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers – has only helped drive television ratings.

“I picked the wrong year not to watch the Hawks,” Schucker told the Tribune.

  1. flyeredup - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Bitter Party, table for 1

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      There are plenty of causes or products that would be worthy of his boycotting attention other than a hockey game ! So if I may suggest pick one of them then sit down with a cold one preferably a union made beer on your preferably made in the USA sofa and enjoy your BlackHawks !

  2. sportsfreak13 - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Two wrongs don’t make a right buddy. The game did nothing wrong, don’t turn your back on it. This streak is great for the game of hockey for the right reasons. I hope it continues, going to need a pens vs Philly like rally now though.

  3. dan46778 - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    What a tool lol

  4. blackhawks1982 - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Unfortunately the streak is going to end tonight, it was a good run though.

  5. mclovinhockey - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Good for him. The league is run by morons.

    And it’s 11 games not 5. No one counts the games from last season and if they did they would have to count playoffs which means they would still be

  6. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Was that andrew bynum in that clip !

  7. schuckme - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    what a loser. ain’t a real hockey fan.. not related to him tho thank God lol haha

  8. mclovinhockey - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    At 11…. I dropped my phone and it posted prior to me finishing my post

  9. whatthepuck2012 - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Why is this even news? Is there only ONE Hawks fan boycotting, and they found him?

  10. stakex - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Agree with this guy or not, I got new for him…. the league is seeing record, or near record, rateings and attendance. So he can “boycott” all he wants, but the only thing hes doing is depriving himself of watching the sport he likes.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM



  11. rfcdubya - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    If this guy wants to affect the likely hood of another lockout happening it would make a lot more sense to stop watching the season before the CBA expires. Right now it’s just an idiot at a bar in Chicago getting drunk and proclaiming himself a man of priciple while continuing his own personal lockout.

  12. northstarnic - Mar 9, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Good for him. I’d be willing to bet 95% of the people posting on here were saying they would do the same the week before the lockout ended. Stick to your guns. If they don’t appreciate your financial donation (and they have clearly demonstrated that they don’t), then keep it.

  13. phillyphannn83 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    I would’ve liked to see a league-wide boycott at the stadiums for the first week of the season. Let them have <25% capacity for that stretch just to show WE won't accept lockout after lockout, but alas, everyone went running right back. This season I have instituted a boycott for attending games and buying team merchandise but I still watch on TV. It just sucks because with attendance on the rise and teams making records left and right, I fear Bettman thinks lockouts are no big deal because every time there is one, the fans come back. And not only come back but come back stronger. Its a catch-22. Yeah we prove were great fans but this is now the 3rd lockout of his tenure and I guarantee it won't be the last. Its pathetic.

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