Remember when the lockout finally ended and all those people on Twitter and other forms of social media said they didn’t care? Remember when many fans said they would stage some sort of boycott on the NHL? Remember when some said they had found other activities to occupy their time? Well it appears after opening weekend, fans are hiding their frustrations well.
CBC released some numbers about their first Hockey Night In Canada broadcast of the season Saturday, and the results are quite intriguing. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens game brought in a record 3.3 million viewers. Using ratings from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement, CBC stated that the match-up was the most watched Prime East game ever on the station.
The game between the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets broke a Saturday afternoon record with 1.49 million viewers, and the Anaheim Ducks played the Vancouver Canucks to 1.47 million fans.
Although the lockout was essentially a massive waste of time and resources that cost many people a lot of money, the reality is labour disagreements happen frequently in many different industries. It’s hard to think of someone boycotting school because of a teacher strike or not taking public transit ever again just to prove a point.
This shortened campaign should go a long way to bring back those few fans that are still “fighting the power”. Come March when the majority of teams are still very much in the playoff race, the lockout will surely be a distant memory. Fans should make their own decisions on when, or if, to forgive or forget. But holding a grudge and missing out on more hockey out of spite, makes little sense.