“You hear how certain people believe that the hardcore fan will definitely return, that the damage isn’t irreparable,” Flyers captain Keith Primeau said in Philadelphia.
“I think that’s a huge miscalculation or judgment in error of who and what your fan base is. That, I think, is going to alarm a lot of people when the doors are reopened.”
But commissioners might be (or at least billionaire owners might be snarky)…
“When I first heard about it (Bettman leaving the NBA for the NHL),” said Pat Williams, general manager of the NBA’s Orlando Magic at the time, “I sent the guy a puck. And I heard he spent all day at his desk trying to figure out how to open it up.”