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I'll watch my hockey thank you very much. Besides.... it's not like the Canucks owe us anything.

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I've refused to go to any games since the last lockout and I don't plan on going to any within the next few years. Frankly unless I win tickets to a game I don't even plan on going to another game.

But this thread is a complete waste of time and effort.

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I am not going to pay to see a game or buy merchandise ever again. After the last lockout I paid to go to only one or two games and received jerseys as gifts. I would rather get kick ass seats and watch wolves vs heat four times per year plus beer than watch one Canucks game in the nose bleeds with no beer.

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Why would I want my favourite sports league to look like even more of a joke than it already is?

Sorry, I'll be back on opening day and I'll be excited to watch hockey until the next lockout happens. Let's be realistic.

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I don't understand, Is it too hard to refrain from going to the arena for only one day?

You could watch it on TV. I think it still makes a difference seeing those empty seats on Day 1.

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As good of an idea this is, there is no way you can get everyone to stay out of the stands opening day.

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As good of an idea this is, there is no way you can get everyone to stay out of the stands opening day.

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As there are absolutely no organized fans in the NHL (as well as in all other pro-sports leagues in America), there is no way that this is going to work. The NHL-fan is merely a customer, and there's nobody who could fight that fact.

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Don't matter to me i will be watching the first game hopefully for free online.

this would never work in places like Vancouver, Montreal, toronto, NY, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston,

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The most effective way the fans can show their displeasure is by boy-cutting the NHL when it resumes. By not subscribing to NHL network, not buying their merchandise and tickets or not renewing season tickets. If you can decrease their revenue to the point where every NHL team is losing money, then they will get the point of how negative this lockout has been. Vote with your pocket not with petitions. There is no point in any petitions since it doesn't affect owners or players. You have to hit them where it hurts, their wallets.

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The only way to ensure the building is empty is buy as as many tickets as possible and then not show up and/or convince season ticket holders to eat the cost of the entertainment to show their frustration and anger by not using their seats.

The fans will need to put their money where their mouth is to make a real statement.

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An empty arena would be a powerful statement. But if the tickets are going to be bought anyway (and I think TheMinister's right about that being the only way to accomplish the set goal), I think an equally, if not even more, powerful image would be an arena full of silent, sedate people wearing black as if in mourning. No one wears a jersey. No one buys a single thing (no beer, no burgers, no merchandise). No one utters a single word or cheers the team at any time. They just sit in silence holding signs that say things like, "We've been waiting. Where were you?" or "I came back, but I left my wallet at home." or "Shame on the NHL for locking out fans!"

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I like that too.

Peer pressure would be the only force powerful enough to do anything.

Unfortunately, at RA we can't even get people to all wear team colours and pay attention to the game normally, at least in the lower bowl. I could see it get nasty.

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Yeah, it's a lovely idea but it's probably never going to happen. You can't even get that many Van fans to agree on who our starting goalie should be, no way are they ever going to all agree to do something to make a unified statement.

It's a shame, though. If they can have giant flash mobs doing dances and crap for no reason at all, it's sad that we can't get a lot of passionate hockey fans to make a collective statement.

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