September 14, 2012

Views on the lockout from those with a view

It may be tough to find avid NHL fans, but once they're found, they have definite opinions.

By Paul Betit
Staff Writer

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“This might help the Pirates. They might get some two-way guys out of this, which actually might be good for Portland.” – Andrew Rice, Portland

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“Being a member of the military, I think the players don’t get enough, just like the military doesn’t get enough. That’s a problem.” – Mike Tully, South Portland

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A two-way player is signed to a contract that pays one salary for time in the NHL, another for time in the minor leagues. Most NHL players are one-way players, paid for NHL play.

In the agreement signed in 2005, the owners agreed to a 57/43 percent split of revenue in favor of the players. When negotiations started last month, owners want to flip the split in their favor. Last week the owners offered a 48 percent share.

"Being a member of the military, I think the players don't get enough, just like the military doesn't get enough. That's a problem," said Mike Tully of Pittsburgh, a Coast Guard member stationed in South Portland. Tully, who was getting ready to go on the ice, is the captain of the Marcus Hanna, a buoy tender berthed in South Portland.

"The real losers are the fans," said Mike Komich of South Portland, who officiates Division I and III college hockey. "Hockey, in the last couple of seasons, particularly with the Bruins' success, has brought itself to a point of popularity, so I think the losers are the fans because the momentum of that popularity will be lost."

Komich, who is the business manager at Cheverus High in Portland, sides with the players.

"As I've studied the proposal, I do think it appears that the players are at a disadvantage when compared to some other sports, like major league baseball," he said. "I would think it would be nice to engineer some equity between the owners and the players so hockey is somewhat competitive with its major league counterparts."

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“I’m sure if you walked around the Old Port for the next two or three hours, you’re bound to find one (person) who cares about it.” – Jim Houle, Scarborough


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