Fans are forgiving but, of course, some are still angry at the league for wiping out a slate of games. Others have continued to follow through on their preseason pledges of ignoring the league. NHL fan Steve Chase started the grass roots “Just Drop It” campaign that encouraged fans to skip one NHL game for every game canceled after Dec. 21. Ten games total. He asked fans to pledge they would not spend a penny or a minute of their time on tickets, TV, merchandise, all things NHL.
More than 21,000 fans had clicked the “like” button on the group’s Facebook page as of Wednesday.
The page features a sign that says, “10 Games! Be Strong!” Chase said members of the group have told him they are honoring their vow and not doing much more than checking scores on their mobile devices or in newspapers.
“We totally expected there would be a mass exodus because hockey fans are hockey fans,” he said. “That’s been pretty impressive to see.”
With some teams having played three games already since Saturday, those 10 games will whizz by like a slap shot.
Chase said he hasn’t bought a ticket for a game this season and acknowledges, “I probably won’t go back this year.”
But when he turns on the TV for Game 11, he’ll see plenty of fans willing to go in his place.