There are no strikes or lockouts in college, junior or high school hockey, nor shall any NHL work stoppage inhibit the American Hockey League or lower-tier professional leagues.
While the sport’s quintessential league continues to face uncertainty as to its 2012-13 campaign, we know from past experience that all other professional and amateur circuits shall play on―and fill the void, if need be.
Some NHL venues are already assured high-profile hockey action within the next year, as six are slated to host an AHL game, while others will have either NCAA or Canadian major-junior contests.
For those unable to get through those top-rate turnstiles and who would otherwise be getting their fix through TV coverage, there will be options for live hockey action somewhere within every NHL market.
The highest-profile options―mostly minor pro, major-junior, Division I college and Junior A―for each market are as follows.