The NHL power brokers are gambling with the sport's future by locking out the players.
Instead of building their game and trying to gain new business revenue as 30 major league teams in the United States and Canada play this game, the NHL decided to keep the most talented hockey players in the world from playing the game at the highest level in front of loyal and adoring fans.
Those who support the sport by buying tickets, attending games and watching those games on television are angry.
Many hockey fans are addicted to their sport and when it gets taken away from them, they get angry.
However, the NHL is risking a lot more than fan anger. The league locked out its players in 2004-05 and they are doing it again now. The NHL is becoming known as the lockout league.
This is damaging to the league's future.
The NHL will have a number of regrets if it cancels the full 2012-13 season.