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September 20, 2012

KEPPELER: Opportunities lost in NHL lockout

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And some? Some may never start.

How many kids out there, like one Sam Keppeler, were looking forward to their first hockey game this year? How many kids were primed for that lifelong, bone-deep interest, that love of the game, to take hold?

Could they find it later? Of course they could. Will it be the same? Who knows? 

But if this keeps up, one of these days the NHL, players and owners, will find out. When the kids like Sam — the children of the lockout era — grow up, will they be so quick to forgive?

I hope the NHL, players and owners, don’t learn to their sorrow that there are some things you just can’t put a price tag on.

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at jill.keppeler@tonawanda-news.com.

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