I make frequent appearances here on Letters to the Editor, but it has never been to rant about the latest local news because, to be honest with you, there are enough people out there doing that now.
But today I have broken that streak, not to rant about what I have recently read in the news but about the comments that my fellow Newfoundlanders have been posting.
I can recall the years leading up to St. John’s acquiring the IceCaps people here were begging for another team to come to Newfoundland. For anyone who is a huge fan of hockey, and even for some who are not, the smell of the ice and lights on a score board was something that was dearly missed here since the Fog Devils left.
Were you not happy when you heard the announcement that an AHL team was coming here? Were you not saying “God love Danny!” for weeks after the announcement and for months after the drop of the first puck? I don’t know a single person who wasn’t happy about it. After all, couldn’t be that bad if they have been sold out every game since their first appearance here.
So, you can understand my shock when I read the comments under the articles about Danny Williams being unhappy about the IceCaps potentially being unable to play on their home ice. One gentleman said “Oh King Danny always has to have his way” while another stated that he thought it was ridiculous that because Danny has so much money he thinks he should get preference.
You guys should be ashamed.
It is a well-known fact that it is impossible to make everyone happy, and in Newfoundland that statement is more like a promise.
It seems as though most Newfoundlanders have turned into spoiled rotten two-year-olds asking for a treat but can’t make up their mind which one so they ask for everything.
Danny Williams provided an amazing service to Newfoundland when he was premier, and again when he provided us with the IceCaps. He worked hard for that and I think he deserves a little more respect than the name calling I have seen online.
For those of you who do not care about hockey, and tell all of us to get over it because it is just a game, fine, you don’t like hockey. I get it.
Let’s forget about the game and talk about the jobs that have been provided to a great many people because of the IceCaps.
Even better, how about the thousands of dollars raised during each game going to our charities. The IceCaps raise more money on their 50/50 draws than some of the NHL teams out there!
Lastly, anything that makes money helps to boost out economy! There is so much that the IceCaps and Danny Williams have done for our province, maybe they should get preference.
If it weren’t for Danny bringing the IceCaps here, Mile One would also be vacant 80 per cent of the time. Take that into consideration when you are mocking “King Danny.” The better part of the revenues made at Mile One comes from the IceCaps, so when Danny asks for preference, I think he has more than earned it.
Lastly, I would like to thank Danny for all the hard work you have done to give us a top notch team like the IceCaps. I appreciate it and also I think you are 100 per cent within your right as a business man and as a tenant of Mile One to ask that they accommodate you with this situation.