The NHLFA was established in 1998 to give average hockey fans across North America a way to express their views on the NHL. We all recognize that hockey today is first, big business and second, sport. It's the fans who keep this business afloat. But of all the interest groups involved in hockey, fans are generally at the bottom of the pecking order, while paying top dollar at the ticket office, the concession booth and the souvenir store.
After 15 years of representing hockey fans from around the world, it is with mixed emotions that we announce the closure of the National Hockey League Fans' Association.
First, thank you for taking the time to support the NHLFA. Regardless of when you joined, your support was always appreciated. The countless emails of support you sent over the years kept us invigorated to keep moving forward.
One fan in particular, Mati Sauks, repeatedly supported this online community through thick and thin and I can confidently state that the NHLFA was always as strong as Mati's support. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mati.
Hundreds of sports media called upon the NHLFA over the years for the collective thoughts of NHL fans. Thank you for your support.
Unfortunately, the NHL and NHL Players' Association never respected this organization, their largest community of fans.
The NHLFA.com website will close on December 8.