When the game of hockey is played at a peak level in the Stanley Cup playoffs or the Olympics, it may be the most beautiful team sport of all.
At least in the opinion of the sport's loyal fans.
However, the game is not always at its best. There are myriad problems and the current labor difficulties that could result in the league locking out its players Sept. 15 is one of the biggest issues.
Here's a look at 10 developments that have caused the biggest problems for the game of hockey.