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Don Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA, reflects on the lockout

Apr 12, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

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Remember the lockout – that pesky, 113-day work stoppage that finally came to an end on Jan. 6 and truncated the 2013 season down to 48 regular season?

Yeah, no one really wants to think about it, especially when the season is coming to a close and there are numerous playoff races in both conferences.

But, Montreal Gazette hockey writer Dave Stubbs caught up with NHL Players’ Association executive director Don Fehr and gave him an opportunity this week to reflect on the back-and-forth negotiations between the players and owners, represented by commissioner Gary Bettman

For hockey fans, it wasn’t much fun watching the same updates on television, watching the same old shots of Fehr and Bettman walking in and out of hotel lobbies. Apparently, the NHLPA executive director felt the same way.

“I said something like, ‘Hopefully you’ll be watching hockey players again very soon and not people in suits like me and like Gary,’ ” Fehr told the Montreal Gazette.

“I really mean it — the redeeming virtue of hockey is that it is so captivating, so all encompassing, so engrossing that when you get back into it, that’s what your focus is. And I never really had much doubt that that would happen.”

  1. DonkeyStick - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Great move! Just as everyone is beginning to forget about it, BRING IT UP

  2. ibieiniid - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    ::still holding grudge::

  3. ironman721 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Go away Donny and don’t ever come back! 💩

  4. 950003cups - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    I’d like to reflect my fist in his face.

  5. weenerman - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    February thinks hockey is captivating but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t understand offside or icing rules.

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Disappear already…. You miserable lump of coal.

  7. blomfeld - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    “F U” FEHR … SERIOUSLY !

    • sportsfan69 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Heir Blomfeld,

      I’m glad to see you on the posting. Conrad still well.

    • badintent - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      What no video ? your videos helped Canada survive the strike. I nominate you for the Victoria Cross with all ribbons, bows, etc,etc.Please ! one more video for old time sake.

      • blomfeld - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Dear Sportsfan and Badintent !

        Hello friends and great to hear from you again! But what a joke though with this Fehr scum eh? He says that … “he never really had much doubt that that would happen” … well no kidding! The idiot was given a script from which to read and a handsome cash payment, yet that still wasn’t enough for the so-called hockey fan. The idiot damn near destroyed the game for good. Anyway, he’s completely out of the picture now, together with all those stupid KHL lovers … and I say praise be to that ! :)

        PS: as per my new 2013 SOP (standard operating procedures) I’m now scaling back on the amount of my musical-video accompaniment … however let’s enjoy “one for the Gipper” eh ? …

      • badintent - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Wow , what a great video ! That flag is huge ! Guess the NFL picked up on that for it’s games. Did that MP roll his eyes when Elvis walked by ? My doctor told me He was happy to see thaty our video medicine was so pro-active, he took me off the Androgel and Prozac.Elvisvideotec, once a day and you can throw all the other meds away !! Hip, Hip Horray for the red , white and blue pils .
        I owe you a bottle of Blasting Church red.

        Try the Billi Billi sryah at LCB , only $16 and got a 92 from Wine Spectator. Great with lamb. even if it is from Down Under.

      • blomfeld - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        “A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much
        ammunition”. ― Rudyard Kipling.

        Badintent … thank you sir for those excellent wine selections … I’m going to “seriously” seek those out on my next visit to the liquor store, which will be tomorrow ! :) … take it easy friend and let us speak further … Blomfeld

  8. sportsfan69 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Hey Fehr,

    Go away! Good ridden.

  9. badintent - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    If you mated Donald with Gary you would get North Korea ‘s Kim

  10. georgejarkko - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Really, three sentences of reflection? Not much of a story, is it?

  11. kaptaanamerica - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    this is a joke article….

  12. aventador12 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    What blomfeld said…(^^,)/ ! This is a pathetic publicity stunt.

    • blomfeld - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      friend … just the act of speaking here is a “publicity stunt” which therefore makes you pathetic as well …

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