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Getting blood boiling before the holidays

Riding 'round and 'round on the Zamboni while reading an "in box" full of reader e-mails.

Updated: December 15, 2003, 1:12 PM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

The passion of the fan is the richest natural resource in sport. The interest level and emotion of the fan turns a game into a happening. And if you string together enough happenings you got yourself a billion-dollar industry like the NHL. As I've written before, I believe there are times when players and owners of all sports lose focus on their most precious commodity and friend. The fan. The e-mail bag in this column is my weekly electronic hug to you for creating and maintaining the NHL. And ...

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