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Winnipeg Jets Fans Are the Biggest Losers in the 2013 Lockout

WINNIPEG, CANADA - MARCH 26: A young Winnipeg Jets fan holds up a sign during a game against the Ottawa Senators in NHL action at the MTS Centre on March 26, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
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Anthony CapocciContributor ISeptember 28, 2012

Hockey fans from all around the world just want one thing: hockey. But not just any hockey, they want the most prestigious league in the world, the National Hockey League. Dark and gloomy days are upon the NHL, as the lockout could potentially affect the entire season if an agreement isn’t reached between the players and the league.

Fans from all over are disgusted, sick and pretty much just fed up with the way the league has handled the situation. As October nears, hockey doesn’t. The rest of the preseason was canceled and sooner or later the entire regular season will be in jeopardy. And the biggest losers from all of this are the ones who make a franchise run: the fans.

Not enough attention goes to the fans in situations like these. The players see and know it, but the owners and the league seem to be ignorant to the fact that the fans make their franchises go. The fans are the biggest losers here.

The lockout has affected many fans, but none worse than Winnipeg Jets fanbase.

This time last year, the Jets were making their return to hockey as the preseason was just beginning. Fans were excited and thrilled to finally have their Jets back after a 15-year hiatus. But now, the only thing to hope for and look forward to is a breaking news report of the lockout's end. Or else, tack on another hockey-less year for Winnipeg.

Jets fans aren’t unfamiliar with no-hockey territory, but it’s a shame that Winnipeg has to live once again without the league—with the possibility of missing an entire year. The lockout couldn’t come at a worse time for the Winnipeg diehards.

While there are teams with just as good of fanbases as the Jets, if not better, those teams have had hockey for decades. Losing out on one season might not hurt as much. Not the same for Winnipeg, though—taking it away just before the fans were beginning to make themselves known to the world again is unfair and frustrating.

Sure, we could all follow our favorite players as they sign contracts in Europe, or we could follow our favorite team’s AHL affiliates. But until the NHL returns, hockey just isn’t hockey…even for the diehards. Winnipeg fans want the Winnipeg Jets back.

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