Jeremy Jacobs has long been disliked by the Bruins faithful but had gained some faith back after the Bruins won the 2011 Stanley Cup. But that goodwill appears to be gone now after reports surfaced of his actions during a recent NHL Board of Governors meeting.
According to CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty:
Winnipeg jets representation at a recent NHL Board of Governors meeting piped up to say it was opposed to engaging in a long, bloody lockout sure to stymie their franchise's momentum and hurt the game of hockey.
It wasn't Winnipeg owner Mark Chipman, but rather one of the alternate governors representing the Jets.
Bruins Principal Owner and Chairman of the Board of Governors Jeremy Jacobs answered by reprimanding the Winnipeg representative as one of the "new kids on the block" and informed him that he would know when he was allowed to speak in the NHL board room.
While Bruins fans may have long suspected Jacobs of being one of the main forces behind the lockout, this just proves that. Jacobs is fine locking out the players and doesn't care what the other owners think.
Chipman, unsurprisingly, denied that these actions took place.
"I was disappointed to learn today of a report which claimed an exchange took place between an Alternate Governor of the Winnipeg Jets and Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins at a recent NHL Board of Governors meeting," Chipman said in a statement. "I was present throughout all BOG proceedings and can categorically state that no such exchange between Mr. Jacobs and either one of our Alternate Generals – Patrick Phillips or Kevin Cheveldayoff – ever took place. Any suggestion otherwise is completely false."
Even if the exchange didn't take place, it's still getting more clear that there are owners that want the lockout to end. Unfortunately, Jacobs and seven other owners continue to block any hope of ending the lockout. Jacobs has already lead the league into losing one full season to a lockout, if other owners don't break away from him soon the 2012-2013 could be lost for good.
Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski added his thoughts on Jacobs, which continue the trend of dislike and distrust towards the Bruins' owner.
For every owner that knows Bettman could turn the key on the lockout with a deal they find acceptable, there's an owner like Jacobs that isn't going to give an inch to them or to the players on the other side of the table.
It's not in a bully's nature to ease up until the humiliation is over.
Hopefully it will only be a matter of time before the rest of the owners decide to stop following Jacobs and get the players back on the ice.
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