We are only a few hours away from the start of the 2012-2013 NHL Lockout, and it’s beginning to set in for me: there’s a lot I’m going to miss without pro hockey both in Columbus and on TV. I’ve discussed my personal outlet choice, but it’s going to be impossible to fully replace the the level of talent and quantity of games.
So I’ll ask you to join me as I stare down into the abyss and look at what struck me as three obnoxious, mildly depressing losses that will come when (probably not if…) the lockout continues and cuts into the regular season (or worse). We won’t notices these right away, but if the weeks turn into months without hockey, I anticipate these missing stories to drive my disappointment.
It’s probably the most terrifying word an NHL fan can consider right now, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it. We have no choice but to wait and be without our favorite sport, possibly for an entire year… and it’s looking more dire every day.
But there is a way out. You can get your fix somewhere else.
You’re going to get that itch soon enough. With September here, we’re closing in on the usual start of training camps (sans-lockout). You know it’s almost time. You need to feel the chill as you enter the rink, to hear the sound of skates carving fresh ice, to celebrate unbelievable athleticism, to wear a hockey sweater and scream like a fool.
The solution is in NCAA hockey. Make no mistake: it’s not equivalent to and doesn’t feature the same level of play as the NHL. But when you’ve reached your wits’ end and need to see the sport, the college game is a pretty fine substitute.
But as we approach the worst case scenario, maybe you’re still not convinced, maybe you’re unsure what you’re getting into. Let’s assuage those fears and take a look at what makes the college game so much fun for fans.