Up until the NHL’s Gary Bettman era, pro sports didn’t deal with a whole ton of work stoppages. It was somewhat rare to be locked out by one of the big four sports leagues. But, since he came around….yikes.
The NHL has missed more games than any other league over the past two decades, and is on track to miss more. That’s meant that a good number of players were around for two lockouts; heading into the third of Bettman’s tenur, there are a total of 14 who will have been a part of all three.
Naturally, you don’t play in the NHL for long enough to complete the hattrick if you aren’t a good player.
Here’s the 14 players who’ve accomplished the odd feat:
Chris Pronger (Asterisk here, being that he wouldn’t be able to play if the League let him)
Ryan Smyth (three games played prior to first lockout)
Jamie Langenbrunner (two NHL games played prior to first lockout)
Quite the esteemed list, hey? I have to admit I needed Google help to figure out where the hell Sean O’Donnell plays at this point (Chicago).
As we enter day two of Operation Money Grab, the NHL and NHLPA aren’t talking. It’d be great if they’d get their act together so we can see some of the names on this list back in action before they decide to retire.
(Stick-tap to Rob Pizzo)