2011Oct 6

The Wait Is Over -The NHL is back!!

By SPAD Blogger Andrew Berlingieri

It’s that time of year again! Canada’s most beloved sport takes the ice for yet another season. There are many questions still pondering hockey fans across the country. Can the Boston Bruins repeat as Stanley Cup Champions? Will, arguably one of the best players to play the game, Sidney Crosby make a return for the 2011 season? Will he be the same player he was before he got injured? Who should the number one pick be for your fantasy draft? The 2011-2012 season will provide all the answers to these questions.

With the Winnipeg Jets returning to Winnipeg, and becoming the seventh Canadian franchise in the NHL it has really had an impact on Canadians. One can only imagine the excitement that will come across the city of Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba when the puck drops for their home opener on October 9th. The people of Winnipeg have not seen a NHL game from their team since 1996. The excitement will be felt across the country and the fans will be sure to show their passion for the Jets to ensure that their team never leaves Winnipeg again.

NHL starts Today (logo courtesy of NHL)

Although the NHL season officially starts October 6th, the NHL Premiere does not take place until October 7th, with games in Helsinki, Stockholm, and Berlin. Beginning in 2007, the NHL has decided to open their season over seas in Europe. This is to promote the sport in the European countries. It also allows many of the European born players in the NHL a chance for them to have the family and friends come watch them play. The promotions seem to be successful, which is why the NHL has chosen to open their season in Europe for four years in a row now.

With the season beginning less than 24 hours from now, hockey fans across Canada are building excitement and anticipation. Who do you think will win the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup? Is this the year the Toronto Maple Leafs finally make the playoffs? Will the Winnipeg Jets see a playoff birth for the first time since 1996? Will the new rule emphasis on headshots change the game of hockey? We want to hear what you think the 2011-2012 season has in store. Tweet your thoughts to @LU_SPAD!!

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