Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/04/05 at 02:17 PM ET
The first NHL opening night in two years just happens to be fighting for publicity with the major league baseball playoffs, and that's always going to be a losing battle for the puck brigade. So when the NHL season begins Wednesday, will the fans come back in droves? That's an easy one. Sure they will. In the most recent Sports Illustrated issue, there's an NHL preview section that asks the following question: After a year off and a frenzy of player movement, can a faster, more explosive NHL win back fans? First of all, the NHL doesn't have to win back the fans. Hockey fans are hockey fans are hockey fans. What, you think hockey fans are suddenly going to turn their attention to ice fishing? If the NHL decided its players would have to use golf clubs instead of hockey sticks, the fans would still remain loyal to the game. Fans in all sports are loyal. The World Series wasn't played in 1994, and the health of major league baseball wasn't affected one bit. The game is bigger and better than ever, particularly in New York and Boston.
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