Here we are. The NHL has locked out its players once again and fans are left wondering when their favorite sport will return.
The NHL has paid lip service to fans' pain, while acknowledging that the issues at hand right now are actually not that significant. From nhl.com:
While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League's economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players -- as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players' Association seven years ago...(We) all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible. We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans.
From the moment he took office in 1993 right up to the present, NHL fans have been keen to show their distaste for the leader of the NHL pack, Commissioner Gary Bettman.
To pass the time while we wait for resolution, here's my look at the 15 biggest reasons behind the hatred, featuring quotes from the Twitterverse from the fans themselves.