NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) – In 2004-05, the NHL became the first major sport to lose an entire season due to a labor dispute. It was a black eye for the league. Labor disputes are, of course, nothing new to the hockey world, as no league has lost more games due to work stoppages over the past 20 years.
As of Wednesday, we’re four days into yet another one.
Former NHL star Mike Modano, who was a member of the Dallas Stars when the 04-05 season was lost, recently told ESPN’s Craig Custance of the work stoppage. “It was a waste of time.” Modano said that he lost more than $7 million in salary. “It’s money you feel you never get back,” Modano told Custance. “At some point, we were sold a bill of goods. Everybody was buying it. Everybody thought, ‘Let’s not let each other down. Let’s do it for the future of the game. Blah, blah, blah.’ You’re only in the game so long.”
He also added that “it’s not a battle you’re going to feel like you’re going to win. It’s a negotiation. You feel at some point that both sides will be upset about what they have to give up.”
The league seems to be heading down the road toward more missed games. It doesn’t seem to be a question of whether or not games will be lost, but simply a matter of how many.
Since 1992, the NHL has lost 1,698 regular season games due to its previous lockouts, far more than any other major North American sport has lost due to labor strife over that stretch.
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