hockey players aren’t (all) dumb

February 16, 2005

“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.”

Deal today?

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