With the NHL lockout reaching the end of its third month, players are chomping at the bit to get back into slap-shooting and fore-checking in games that count. While some of the players have temporarily signed with other organized hockey leagues around the globe, others are running scrimmages closer to home. Players are hoping the CBA can be finalized before it’s too late to have some sort of semblance to an already shortened NHL season. Both sides are staying true to their convictions in terms of fairness while it remains unfair to those who revolve their lives around the great sport of hockey.
More than a handful of players are getting their sticks on in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Coyotes practice facility. Some high-profile names are in attendance, including Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Sharks sharpshooter Patrick Marleau. Net-minders Mike Smith and Ryan Miller are guarding their posts during these minicamp workouts, as 30 other players from around the league are joining in on the fun. Aside from honing their skills while awaiting the green light, the players are gaining a sense of newfound camaraderie with their colleagues. As it stands, these and other scrimmages around the country are all the players have right now, and they seriously can’t wait to resume their roles on the ice as the fans cheer them on. But for now, they’re simply doing it in the spirit of competition, and of course, for the love of the game.
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