Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/25/05 at 09:34 AM ET
It's the unforeseen benefit, the surprisingly positive result emerging from the depths of the worst player-management dispute in professional sports history. The National Hockey League lost its entire 2004-2005 season. Locked out its players, kept arenas dark, inspired derision. There was finger-pointing galore, frustrated fans, players, owners and media. It was all so ugly, so ominous, some wondered if the NHL would ever recover. Only now as the league prepares to resume this season, the most extraordinary outcome seems in play - there has never been more interest in the NHL. It's all backward. It makes almost no sense. The disheartened were expected, the casual fan lost, the game scarred and left with only its most fanatical followers. Instead, there is a buzz about the NHL
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