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There's a lockout and I'm not happy.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 2:39 PM

The end of September is approaching quickly. This is something that I would typically enjoy for one reason and one reason alone, the Chicago Blackhawks.

The end of September means that preseason hockey will soon begin followed the new season. Thus, hockey season is just around the corner.

Those who know me at all, know that I am a major Chicago Blackhawks fan. My desk at work is covered with bobbleheads, pictures and ticket stubs from some of the many games I have attended.

This weekend would be one of my favorite days of the year, the Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp Festival. It's a full day of watching hockey, getting a new bobblehead and spending some quality time with my big brother. It's an all around great time.

This year however, there is a lockout. The collective bargaining agreement has officially expired.

Now, I know that it has been rumored for months and my brother assured me that a lockout would be happening, but it is not something I wanted to believe.

So, Saturday when I was up in Indianapolis with some friends, I read the news that it was indeed true. The agreement had expired and the lockout had begun. It is now unsure when hockey will return.

Teams have begun to lay off employees and others are forcing employees to take a pay cut. It's not looking good. The NHL is preparing for a long lockout.

The biggest issue with this lockout is that the owners want to reduce the player's share in hockey related revenue by 10 percent, which is not something the players want to agree to.

Many of the players are most likely going to play with other teams, Alex Ovechkin has already made the move to the KHL, Joe Thornton, Rick Nash and Mark Streit will be playing in Switzerland.

One of my favorite Blackhawks, Viktor Stalberg is actually training with a team in Sweden and will possibly be tied into a full year contract, meaning if the season were to resume one of our top players would be gone.

In the last lockout nearly 400 players skated in leagues overseas, half of the NHL roster of players.

This upsets me greatly.

Hockey is really my favorite time of year. For the past few years my family has owned season tickets for the Hawks. Every trip home is strategically chosen based on when I can go to a game.

I have been l looking forward to hockey season since the Blackhawks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup race. Now, to possibly go a year without hockey will be terrible.

Going to a Hawks game is an experience. It's a major reason why my brother and I have become so close in the past few years. I love hockey season.

The players gave plenty back the last time around in the 2004-05 lockout. I don't think they will allow for that to happen again.

It's expected that at minimum the 2012 portion of the season will be lost, but I am hoping that by the time October 13th rolls around, the lockout will be over. I don't mind losing preseason, but I want to be in attendance at the Blackhawks home opener. It's doubtful that it will happen, but a girl can dream.

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