Tuesday, January 8, 2013

One drawback to the NHL lockout ending

There's not much of a drawback to the NHL, you know, getting back to hockey, at least not in my opinion. Though Joe Tuscano may disagree.

But count Peters Township's Trevor Recktenwald among those who's probably none too pleased that the NHL decided to end the strike and resume play now.

And not, say, Thursday morning.

See, Recktenwald was supposed to play in the Tomahawks Charity Classic Wednesday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnston -- a charity hockey game that paired members of the North American Hockey League’s Tier II Junior A Johnstown franchise with players from the then-locked-out NHL.

Recktenwald was selected to play through his travel team, the Pittsburgh Vipers.

But around noon today, that game was canceled due to Sunday's news that agreement on a new CBA had been reached and the NHL would resume play on either Jan. 15 or 19.

(I had tried to put together a story on this, though I haven't been able to reach Indians head coach Rick Tingle.)

Recktenwald was supposed to be on a team that included Ben Lovejoy, Brooks Oprik, Matt Cooke, Craig Adams, Tyler Kennedy and Marc-Andre Fleury. Deryk Engelland, Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Joe Vitale, James Neal (tentatively) and former Penguin Jordan Staal were supposed to be on the other side, with members of the Tomahawks sprinkled throughout.

Can you imagine that, getting to play on the same team as current professional hockey players ... against professional hockey players? Easily the highlight of any high school kid's career.

I'm beyond thrilled that we're going to have hockey this season, but I could understand if Recktenwald didn't exactly share that sentiment.

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