Micheletti is affected by lockout, too
By Gary Giombetti
The Daily Tribune
Last Updated: Friday, November 05th, 2004 09:23:36 AM
NEW YORK â" Joe Micheletti is living out his dream as a hockey analyst
for the Madison Square Garden network.
Micheletti, who is a former Hibbing native, also does New York
Islanders games as well.
But like everyone else in the National Hockey League, Micheletti is
out of a job right now because the owners have locked out the
So as the arenas remain empty, Micheletti and his colleagues, along
with the numerous other people who rely on the NHL to make a living,
sit and wait for a end to the stalemate between the owners and
âItâs something I donât have any control over,â Micheletti said. âI
tend not to worry about it too much. Itâs out of my hands.â
That doesnât mean that Micheletti doesnât pay close attention to the
situation at hand. After all, his livelihood is at stake.
âThe next 30 to 60 days will very critical,â Micheletti said. âDuring
that time period, weâll find out whether there will be a season at
all. If not, thereâs a chance we wonât see a part or all of next
For those who make their living around the NHL, thatâs not good news.
Micheletti isnât immune to that either with bills to pay, a mortgage
and a son, who is a sophomore at Boston College.
âIs it stressful? Yes, but Iâm fortunate and lucky,â Micheletti
said. âSome other people rely on that income for a living. They live
from paycheck to paycheck.
âItâs sad the way it affects so many people. Thereâs nothing we can
do until they solve the problem.â
Micheletti isnât laying any blame on either side, saying that both
sides are probably right and wrong in what theyâre asking.
âI donât think you can place blame on the players solely or on the
owners solely,â Micheletti said. âBoth sides are correct about the
issues and not correct about the issues.
âThereâs been a line drawn in the sand and neither side is willing to
budge in their stance. When will it happen? I donât know.â
Something should happen fast because the NHL hasnât exactly been a
fan-favorite sport over the past few seasons. With the lockout, the
NHLâs exposure isnât getting any better.
âWhen you take it out of the marketplace, no one talks about it,â
Micheletti said. âI hope the fan base remains, but most people think
the fan base will be affected.
âI donât want the health of the sport to be affected. People on both
sides are smart people. Both sides ultimately want the same thing â"
they want the sport healthy.â
But neither side is talking, so when all this mess ends is anyoneâs
âThe players want to play and owners want to play,â Micheletti
said. âThey have to get in their talk and see who blinks first. They
have to get this solved as quickly as possible for the sake of the
People rely on it make a living. Thereâs no positive from that
But there is an upside to the lockout as well.
âI get to spend more time with my family,â Micheletti said. âI got to
watch my daughter play golf (this fall) and now sheâs trying out for
As much as heâs enjoyed that, Micheletti said thereâs nothing like
calling an NHL game.
âItâs a great life,â he said. âIâm lucky. Thereâs only 30 jobs
available. I have the chance to work for a major network. I make a
good living and my family is healthy.
âI consider myself lucky.â