I've been reading scores of posts now about what the fans should do when and if this whole lockout should ever come to an end. Booing players, boycotting games, watching celebrity poker instead......etc..... Then there are those that say because hockey is a niche sport anyway, the fan base is diehard and will return regardless. I see the whole thing differently. I see people who are fans of hockey PERIOD! I too have missed the NHL this season, but not for the obvious reasons discussed on this board. I miss not being able to watch the greatest sport on Earth. Living in the "States", it isn't as easy to catch games as it may be for those in "Hockey cities". The only channel I have that has shown any hockey is NESN (a few throwback games and one college game per week) and ESPN's lame attempt at showing the World Junior Tourney (and only the US games at that). Please lets not confuse the NHL with hockey. I would be more than happy to get my weekly fix with AHL, WHL, College, Canadian junior league, Europian league etc. if it were offered. If the NHL were to never return, there would be plenty of folks who, like me, would be more than satisfied watching other leagues. The players and the owners need to get over themselves. If we were only interested in watching Superstars, why would us true hockey fans get so excited about prospects and rookies? Old stars fade from memory as the younger kids grow and excel. At this point, to be honest (and I've felt this way since long before this labour dispute) my real disappointment has been with the coverage that the sport of hockey gets. If you want to boycott something, start writing your local, regional, and national sports media outlets and tell them you would much rather watch hockey, any hockey, than Dog shows, scrabble tournaments, and celebrity poker matches. To boycott the NHL when it returns will just reinforce the media outlets mentality of hockey being a second tier sport. While your at it, drop a letter off to the NHL and NHLPA's corporate offices to remind them that they are not the only game in town.