If the NHL season is wiped out it may mean the end of a number of NHL players' careers.
According to a study, the last time the NHL cancelled an entire season in 2004-05 a disproportionate number of players who skated in at least one NHL game in 2003-04 never played another NHL game. In fact, 241 of the 1,009 players in that group or 23.9% ended their NHL careers. Included in this group were Val Bure, Shayne Corson, Adam Oates, Igor Larionov, Mark Messier, Al MacInnis, Vincent Damphousse, Mike Keane and Aleksey Morozov. Many veterans have already indicated they would have to think long and hard about continuing to play should the season be wiped out. A number of Russian players, including Alexander Ovechkin have indicated that they may prefer to do what Morozov did after the 2004-05 non-season: stay in Russia. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 11:57:00 AM