About this time of year all the talk in the kitchen of my office space Toronto is focused on hockey, particularly about the Toronto Maple Leafs. But this year sports talk around my Toronto office space for rent has changed. Instead of talking about the improvements of veteran players and the hopes for new rookies, the talk is about the strike and why millionaire athletes are fighting with billionaire owners at a time when the everyday guy is worrying about keeping their head above water in these slow economic times.

Another sign that sports talk around my Toronto office space for rent has changed is that some people are now starting to talk about the Toronto Marlies (the AHL farm team of the Toronto Maple Leafs). I remember the last hockey strike. I was taken to a Marlies game by a friend and found it more entertaining that watching NHL hockey. The players in the AHL have more heart and desire – they want their chance to show they can play with the big league some day.

When one office space for rent Toronto client was talking about what will fill the void, another person pointed out that there is plenty of high-calibre hockey that can be seen in the GTA, at a fraction of what it costs for an NHL ticket. There is the AHL Toronto Marlies, OHL Mississauga Steelheads, OHL Brampton Battalion and the Mississauga Aeros of the National Women’s Hockey League. If that is not enough hockey, let’s not forget that there is University hockey like the Ryerson Rams (Ryerson University) whose new arena is within a hockey shrine known as Maple Leaf Gardens, the Varsity Blues (University of Toronto) and the York Lions (York University).

The hardest part of the uncertainty surrounding this current hockey lockout is the status of the Winter Classic game that is to be held outdoors on January 1, 2013 at the University of Michigan’s Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This stadium is  the highest capacity non-motorsports stadium in North America. Because the game will be between long-time rivals Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, there is plenty of interest in Toronto. One office for rent Toronto client mentioned that he is really worried that this labour dispute may not be be resolved in time to save this game. This office space for rent Toronto client has a particular interest in this  game because he and a group of friends have booked hotel rooms and a motor coach to and from the game. If the game does not take place, they will lose their deposits and be on the hook for other expenses.

All of this has gotten me to thinking about just how people are filling the NHL void, so I am going to post a survey question on Facebook to see how people are coping.