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Detroit Red Wings defenseman and Steinbach's Ian White might be out of work this upcoming season.
The NHL Players Association and the league have yet to find a solution before this Saturday's deadline for a collective agreement. That means there will be many players without a place to play and many arena staff without a place to work.
“It's a lose lose situation for everyone; the players, owners and especially the fans.” says White, a seven year NHL veteran. “People work in the rinks as well and they won't be able to make a pay check. It's a tough spot. It hasn't got ugly yet, but I think it will.”
White started his NHL career back in 2005, playing 59 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies and then 12 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, narrowly missing the league's last lockout back in 2004-2005. He says despite the pending work stoppage he is still preparing for the season like normal.
“Usually in the summer I'm at my gym where I live out in Kenora, where I workout and skate. Camp is suppose to start September 22nd. Hopefully everything goes as planned, but I'm not to optimistic because it looks like there will be a delay to the start of the season.”
The Red Wings are White's fifth stop in his NHL career. White played four and half seasons in Toronto before being moved to the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, San Jose Sharks and then Detroit over the past two and half years. White says he feels at home in Detroit and hopes it will be his last destination.
“It's fabulous, it's been the best stop on my hockey journey. The organization, from the ownership right on down to management, to even the staff, everyone is a class act and treats you like an adult. It's been a lot of fun and hopefully I have many more years there.”