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Hockey Being Played Again

from the Edmonton Sun,
Have you seen this new game on TV? It's called "hockey" and it's fast-paced and high-scoring and hard-hitting and tremendously fun to watch! And we can't believe that the NHL denied for so long that there was a problem with Canada's beloved national sport! It's only a couple of weeks into the start of the new season of the new National Hockey League, but the earlier reviews are overwhelmingly positive. We certainly can see why. We were skeptical that the NHL lockout would return anything to the ice other than the same old, boring, clutch-and-grab game - except paid by players earning less money than before. It turns out to be anything but the old game on the ice. And boy, are we glad. It seems that the really revolutionary change made during the league's one-year sabbatical from our lives was not the salary cap - although that's helping to make the Oilers a lot more competitive - but the comparatively minor tinkering of the rules. The two rule tweaks that seem to be doing the most to increase the speed and flow of the game are the two-line passes, as the centre red-line is ignored when it comes to passing the puck up the ice, and what the NHL terms "zero tolerance on interference, hooking and holding/obstruction."

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