The debate over hockey’s appeal has taken on a sharp edge this season because there isn’t any. The first half of the season’s been lost to an argument between players and owners. Aficionados of the sport have come to the unpleasant conclusion that most fans don’t really care.
Hanging over all the talk about changing the rules and trimming the number of teams, there’s a bigger and uglier question. Why has the sport become so boring?
Kevin Sylvester, sports host for CBC Radio. ;
Mike Richter, former goalkeeper for the New York Rangers and three-time U.S. Olympic hockey team member. ;
Kevin Paul Dupont, sportswriter for the Boston Globe.