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After a long summer of having nothing to watch but baseball,
CFL football and Slamball, NHL hockey is finally back. The
new season starts tonight with three games.
Obviously, the start of this season is different from past
ones. The death of Atlanta Thrashers forward Dan Snyder has
put a damper on most of the excitement that normally comes
with the new season.
There was talk of the Thrashers postponing their opening game,
but after talking with Snyder's family, they decided to play
on the way he would have wanted.
Despite the tragedy, the new season is exciting for everyone
and games will go on. All the teams start out on an even playing
field, though it won't take long for the contenders to be separated
from the pretenders.
All eyes will be on the big name players in new settings and
rookies looking to make their marks.
The new season also means the return of Hockey Night in Canada,
and therefore, something to do on a Saturday night. Over the
last few years my Saturday nights have consisted strictly of
watching the Leafs game and having a few beers, which either
help drown my sorrows or fuel my excitement. One of the best
parts about the new season is the coming together of two of
the most loved Canadian traditions: hockey and beer.
Even in the middle of the MLB playoffs and with the NFL season
in full swing, Hockey Night will be the program of choice for
most Canadians this Saturday. The HNIC season starts off with
two marquee Canadian matchups. The early game has Montreal
at Toronto, while the second half of the double header has
Edmonton at Vancouver.
It's been too long since we last heard a Don Cherry rant or
Bob Cole's play-by-play. The traditional HNIC double header
will finally rescue us from having to sit through another painfully
unfunny episode of Saturday Night Live.
There are many questions hockey fans will be looking for answers
to at the start of this season. The Colorado Avalanche made
some impressive off season moves, acquiring Paul Kariya and
Teemu Selanne. There will be a lot of pressure on that team
The Curtis Joseph saga has been very publicized and everyone
will be watching to see where he ends up and when.
The biggest question about hockey season is of course who
is the team to beat. You can make all kinds of predictions,
but the real answer won't come until June when the last team
standing lifts the Stanley Cup.