A few days ago, Krys Barch posted a multi-tweet rant on Twitter illustrating his thoughts on the NHL lockout. Perhaps it could’ve been sparked by the adult beverage or two he admitted to consuming at the time, but I’d say it’s more likely he is just flat out as fed up as the rest of us. I have met the former Panther tough guy before, and he is just as animated in person as he is on the ice or behind his keyboard. In case you missed it, here is said rant:
“I sit here from Gand Bend, Ontario putting a pen to my heart and writing on paper what bleeds out. My name is Krys Barch. I have played approx 5 1/2 years in the NHL and have worked for every second of it. I Haven’t been a 1st round pick, bonus baby or a son of a hall of famer. I have made it through sweating, bleeding, cut Achilles, broken hands, concussions, broken orbital bones, 8 teeth knocked out, etc, etc, etc. I sit in front of a fire, 8 OV deep and starting a bottle of Porte that will assist in the translations of my emotions to words! No different than a truck driver, farmer or line worker. I have a shot and a beer. Not to deal with the days ahead but to ease the nerves from what my body has endured the days before I sit here with both my boys sleeping and my wife due with our 3rd. My thoughts racing on what I can conquer tomorrow to get our family ahead. Sometimes wondering if I should have existed when a word and a gun solidified and solved all problems. I feel the Wild West would more simplified than the world we live in now whet an employer who makes billions of dollars and a league with record revenues can tell me that I can’t do the things that my heart tells my me to do! All what my heart tells me to do far surpasses what my body has endured. As I write this I dive deeper and deeper into my bottle of Porte giving wider views to the depths of my heart As my pen warms from the fire, Neil Young and a fall Canadian night, I wonder how this work stoppage effects the owners? I wonder if the owners of Boston, New York, Washington, etc, etc, have endured any of the injuries that I or any other player in the NHL have endured. Still they probably sit their smoking the same brand of cigar, sipping the same cognac, and going on vacation to one of five houses they own… While we sit here knowing they want to take 20% of our paychecks. One half to 3/4 of my peers will have to work for the next 50 years of their lives. Congratulations to the lucky select few that I have played with who have made salaries that they can choose to do whatever they want when they are done. But I have played with most who do not! If the NHL wants to teams in the south or struggling markets than the players along with the financially well to do teams need to start working together. Or they need to start to move teams to the North where they will make money. The system allows the owners to continually take money from the players contract after contract where eventually over 40 some years the owners will have 80% of revenue. The only way to stop the work stoppages long into the future is fix the root cause of the problems. The lockout Is a procedure to take from the players to pay for the NHL mistakes. Let’s not allow the NHL to make any more mistakes. Let the league and the players to come together to fix the mistakes that have been made and make sure none are made in the future. Lets get a deal where the owners, players, and fans benefit from. We’re we can be sitting around in beautiful Canadian fall’s around a fire playing and watching the game we love. Here’s to the truth and our next conversation. As always speaking from my Heart! Goodnight! Like me or hate me I speak what comes from my heart!”
It’s pretty powerful stuff. I was outright suprised at how oddly poetic Barch sounded in his tweets (not exactly what you’d expect from a hockey player, right?) I was impressed with how he shamelessly gets very personal. He effectively did so in mentioning past injuries, his wife, his children, his dedication to not only the game but also to those he plays alongside. His devotion and passion seeps through, really bringing to light the fact that a lockout doesn’t only keep him from playing the sport he loves, it halts his professional career too.
It’s easy to look past that notion when thinking of professional athletes seeing as how they make significantly more than the “average Joe” does. At the end of the day, let it not be forgotten that they do make endless sacrifices for that level of compensation. Their daily lives consist of constant travel, less availability to their families, irregular schedules and risking injury to their bodies, often putting their personal well-being at stake. I’m not saying “oh, playing hockey for a living must be soooo tough,” though I am acknowledging it might not always be the cake walk people think it is.
Back to the rant, I like that Barch didn’t hold back in his anger but kept his words relatively respectful throughout. While he did get into the nitty gritty of the percentages, he didn’t call anyone out in specific. Smart move on his part, and he still accomplished painting a pretty accurate picture of how it appears that one side is suffering much more than the other in these hard times.
Of course, as a Panther fan, the one part I was not okay with was what seemed to be a knock on the southern-most teams in the league. A lockout is more than enough to have to cope with… how dare you even joke about moving us north!
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