Group pushes for NHL boycott

Posted By: Laura Casella · 1/7/2013 1:20:00 PM

While many Montrealers are happy the lockout is over, many don't plan on running back to the NHL with open arms.

A number of protest movements have popped up on Facebook, including one called "Just Drop It" which so far has more than 21,000 "likes." 

Steve Chase is the co-founder of the Just Drop It movement. He lives in L.A. but was born and raised in NDG. He says of all the people that have joined the page in the past month, almost half are Montrealers.

"By far we have the most pledgers in Montreal," he says. 

The pledgers are promising to boycott the first 10 games of the NHL season. 

"Don't go to 10 games, don't watch them, and don't buy merchandise," says Chase, "show the league that your money is where your mouth is."

Chase and his friends, all of whom are hockey fans, launched the page because they were annoyed with the lockout. Chase says he was surprised by the response they got. 

"What we discovered is that the fans are really annoyed by this whole thing, and they're not going to run back with arms wide open."

It is time the league and the players realize they are nothing without their fans, he adds. 

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  1. Sharon posted on 01/07/2013 01:34 PM
    I am a hockey fan and although I agree with everything you say there is another side to this. There are businesses and restaurants and people who have been laid off who have lost a lot of revenue because of this lockout.. I think for that reason stop thinking about the players or the owners and start thinking of the little people. You certainly won't be helping them.
    1. SK posted on 01/07/2013 02:56 PM
      @Sharon youve a good point sharon , though im having trouble thinking of another method to show the owners and players where there priorities should have been in the first place.
    2. Scott posted on 01/07/2013 07:19 PM
      @Sharon The NHL will never see another dime from me. I think everyone should still go watch the games if they enjoy them, but spend your money on the local bars/restaurants. Don't buy any beer that may support your team, tickets, merchandise etc.

      Put money into the community instead of these money grubbing players AND owners.
  2. Kevin posted on 01/07/2013 04:22 PM
    hmmmmm....let me think about I like the lock out? No! Does it piss me off? Yes! Am I a season ticket money was paid out long ago for these games. Any Montreal who wants to boycott games is not someone who goes to games because they would have to be fools to walk away from something the've already paid for!

    So just Drop this !
  3. Paul posted on 01/07/2013 05:03 PM
    Sharon, you are also correct but there comes a time when an organization needs to be told by the ones that support them that enough is enough. This entire lock-out was all due to greed on the part of both parties. Maybe if we did not have to get a second mortgage to attend a game we would have more $$ to spend at restaurants and other service providers that benefit from the game, or should I say the business, because that is all it is now. I'm all for a complete Janaury Boycott of the NHL. If nothing else it would let both sides know how we feel.
  4. Ed Anderson posted on 01/08/2013 07:31 PM
    Real fans WILL boycott the NHL, at least for this year. What good is a 48 game season anyway other than another money grab by the NHL and players at the expense of the saps that will carry on as usual.. Money talks, fans pay money for games, merchandise, they buy products from companies that suppoert the NHL, etc. Take all of this away, no merchandise, don't watch t.v. games, boycott sponsors, no money will open a few of the corporate eyes including the NHL and NHLPA. 48 game season, to prove what? That the Leafs can maybe keep their goal of making the playoffs in our lifetime. Give me a break!!
    1. LMAO posted on 01/09/2013 08:25 AM
      @Ed Anderson It would take at least a 2 year boycott for the NHL to realize they were wrong to lockout the players when they should have exhausted all other efforts first.
    2. Umaga posted on 01/09/2013 03:13 PM
      @Ed Anderson Blah , Blah , Blah , 3 wins in a row by the Habs and you'll all be back in your seats , swallowing the hype that PK is the next Bobby Orr and the Carrie is the future of goaltending ..
  5. Charlie posted on 01/10/2013 12:04 PM
    Totally agree with boycott.
    2012 has been a year of white collar crime. Why is this any different?
    Seeing billionaires fighting with millionaires is really hard to stomach
    when so many of us are struggling pay cheque to pay cheque.
    It's principle....simple principle.
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