September 12, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHLPA executive director Don Fehr (right) flanked by Vancouver Canucks player Manny Malhotra (to his left) and Winnipeg Jets player Ron Hainsey (to his right) during a press conference at the 2012 NHLPA summer player meetings at the Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

The NHL and the PA met today.  Yay!  Seriously, Yay!

That is a very sarcastic yay from me on them meeting again.  While they meet, and decide if they can come together to salvage a season before December 1st, the rest of us are planning the Thanksgiving holiday with our families.  The children are off from school so they can get into trouble, surf the internet, play with their Play Stations/ X-Boxes, run around playing with their friends, etc…

Some parents are working at their jobs, and some are getting ready for the holiday.  What comes next is Christmas.  Christmas is really my favorite holiday as it seems it is the most treasured holiday in the United States of America.  Why?  It is the most sentimental. After all, what is there to be thankful for?  There is no hockey.  No hockey?  I say that with a puzzled look.  There are teams, that have players from teams here in the United States and Canada, while this lockout is going on.  Some players are playing for the AHL, ECHL, and other leagues that are right here in North America.

To say there is nothing to be thankful for as there is no hockey is just not right.  I am very thankful, as Editor of The Rat Trick and Staff Writer of Bolts By The Bay that there is hockey still being played that can be written on.  Is it the same as writing for the big league NHL teams?  No.  Honestly, the change is welcome as it gives me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of other players and teams.   There are only so many times we can write about a player scoring again, or a team making it to the playoffs for the millionth time.  :)


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