Krys Barch goes off on Twitter about the NHL lockout.

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In 653 words and scores of ellipses, New Jersey Devils tough guy Krys Barch humanized the players’ side of the lockout on Saturday night, 140 characters at a time.

Twitter followers of @krysbarch had their feeds flooded with Barch’s comments — admittedly under the influence of “a shot and a beer” – on everything from the “Wild West” to the injury history of Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. Here they are, presented without comment or grammatical corrections:

I sit here from Gand Bend, Ontario putting a pen to my heart and writing on paper what bleeds out. My name is Krys Barch. I have played…..

….. approx 5 1/2 years in the NHL and have worked for every second of it. I Haven’t been a 1st round pick, bonus baby……..

……. or a son of a hall of famer. I have made it through sweating, bleeding, cut Achilles, broken hands, concussions……

…….. broken orbital bones, 8 teeth knocked out, etc, etc, etc. I sit in front of a fire, 8 OV deep and starting a bottle of Porte…….

…… that will assist in the translations of my emotions to words! No different than a truck driver, farmer or line worker……….

…….. I have a shot and a beer. Not to deal with the days ahead but to ease the nerves from what my body has endured the days before….

I sit here with both my boys sleeping and my wife due with our 3rd. My thoughts racing on what I can conquer tomorrow to get our family…..

….. ahead. Some times wondering if I should have existed when a word and a gun solidified and solved all problems. I feel the Wild West..

…. would more simplified than the world we live in now whet an employer who makes billions of dollars and a league with record revenues…

…. can tell me that I can’t do the things that my heart tells my me to do! All what my heart tells me to do far surpasses what my ….

….. body has endured. As I write this I dive deeper and deeper into my bottle of Porte giving wider views to the depths of my heart…..

…. As my pen warms from the fire, Neil Young and a fall Canadian night, I wonder how this work stoppage effects the owners?

I wonder if the owners of Boston, New York, Washington, etc, etc, have endured any of the injuries that I or any other player in the …..

…. NHL have endured. Still they probably sit their smoking the same brand of cigar, sipping the same cognac, and going on vacation …..

….. To one of five houses they own…. While we sit here knowing they want to take 20% of our paychecks. One half to 3/4 of my peers

…. Will have to work for the next 50 years of their lives. Congratulations to the lucky select few that I have played with who have made..

… Salaries that they can choose to do whatever they want when they are done. But I have played most who do not!

If the NHL wants to teams in the south or struggling markets than the players along with the financially well to do teams need to start….

…. Working together. Or they need to start to move teams to the North where they will make money. The system allows the owners to……

……. continually take money from the players contract after contract where eventually over 40 some years the owners will have 80%…..

….. Of revenue. The only way to stop the work stoppages long into the future is fix the root cause of the problems. The lockout…….

….. Is a procedure to take from the players to pay for the NHL mistakes. Let not allow the NHL to make any mor mistakes….

… Let the league and the players to come together to fix the mistakes that have been made and make sure non are made in the future….

…… Lets get a deal where the owners, players, and fans benefit from. We’re we can be sitting around in beautiful Canadian fall’s……

……. around a fire playing and watching the game we love. Here’s to the truth and our next conversation. As always speaking from my…..

…… Heart! Goodnight! Like me or hate me I speak what comes from my heart!

I don’t question Barch’s honesty. I did question his safety at one point — as did some others, which prompted Barch’s agent, Scott Norton, to assuage everyone that Barch was not going to dive too deep into that “bottle of Porte.”


Now, Gary Bettman can pick on Barch’s grammar and maybe his sobriety, but he can’t take a shot at his transparency. If it hasn’t already, the owners’ lack of transparency is making their cause entirely unsympathetic. An NHL administrator leaked to various media that the league “as a whole is losing a significant amount of money” on Sept. 4. This just happened to be the same day that TSN’s Pierre LeBrun got back from vacation (LeBrun was not among those who passed along this “juicy” bit of information on his ESPN blog that day. Interesting.) Interesting, too, that Gary Bettman’s Twitter account disappeared last month. That’s quite an effort at transparency there, Mr. Commissioner. Even David Stern put himself out there more.

Here’s hoping for a few more manifestos from guys like Barch, Joffrey Lupul and others. It’s nice to know the players are just as invested in the outcome of the lockout as fans.

Wish we could say the same for the owners.

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J.P. Hoornstra
J.P. Hoornstra
J.P. Hoornstra is a writer based in Southern California.


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