On September 15th, 2012, the NHL began the first official lockout since 2005, when the league had to cancel the entire season. It wasn't a pretty sight then, and it isn't any better today.
The owners are tired of losing money on their investments, so they want to increase revenues by decreasing the amount of money they give to the players. That is it in a nutshell.
Of course, there are other things looming, but we aren't here for that. We are here to enjoy the NHL Ice Girls and let them soften the fact that maybe, just maybe, we will not be watching professional hockey this year. It has happened before.
So hang up the Flyers and Red Wings jerseys for now, sit back and enjoy yourself some of the finest ladies on the ice.
For now it looks like the Oilers will remain in Edmonton. But for how much longer? We shall see.
The New York Islanders might be happy the NHL season might be cancelled. At least then they have an excuse for not making the playoffs.
Anyone else feel that the Columbus Blue Jackets are the Flint Tropics of the NHL? They will eventually make the playoffs again, one day.
And if the Flint Tropics reference went over your head, how about Bad News Bears? They aren't the worse team in the NHL but having only made the playoffs once in the past twelve years, they aren't too far behind.
Finally, a team that has won the Stanley Cup in the last seven years.
The 1980's were a great decade for Oilers fans. Remember that guy named Wayne Gretzky?
I remember the good ole days when the Carolina Hurricanes were in New England and they went by the Whalers. Now that is a great mascot.
Everyone had a Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, or LA Kings starter jacket at least once in their lifetime.
The Edmonton Oilers won five Stanley Cups in a seven year stretch during the 1980's. That is one of the greatest runs in professional sports history.
I was going to ask about the nickname Islanders but I figured it out. It has something to do with Long Island, right?
I do not intend to offend anyone, but the Washington Capitals have the worst name in sports besides the Houston Texans. Where is the creativity?
I was never a big fan of a team calling itself the Hurricanes. Then again, I am from New Orleans, so I am a little biased.
I have seen the proposed new arena for the New York Islanders and it is epic. That is how an NHL arena should look.
Do the people of North Carolina that aren't fans of the Carolina Panthers dislike Cam Newton as much as the rest of the world? Or is it just all of us?
Prior to the incredible run by the Edmonton Oilers, the New York Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cup Finals from 1979-1983. Four!
If I needed a reason to go see a NHL game, Adrienne would be number one.
Simone would be number 1.1. I need to start going to these NHL games in Canada.
There must be a requirement in Dallas for professional cheerleaders. And that is, they all must be drop dead gorgeous. All of them.
Did you know that, until last year, the LA Kings had never won a Stanley Cup? They have been around since 1967 but never took home the most prized possession of the NHL.
Now if only we could convince Paulina Gretzky to carry on her family's tradition and become an ice girl for the Oilers. That would be nice dot com.
I don't like the Hurricanes as a logo or team name. That being said, their logo is pretty much the coolest in the NHL outside of the Sharks.
Remember how I said all of the professional cheerleaders in Dallas have to be finer than a sheet of glass under the Hulk's bed? Robbyn is another fine example.
Seriously, is there an echo of gorgeous women in here? I will be going to Dallas this year but not to watch the NHL, just to search for these women.
The Dallas Stars have one thing the rest of the NHL doesn't, a positive return on investment. That's not true, most teams do, but it is very small.
Outside of the Anaheim Angels, there are not too many professional sports teams that can thank Disney for their birth.
Anyone else agree that the Columbus Blue Jackets must win something and soon? Otherwise they are just cashing their paychecks each week and giving us nothing in return.
Because whenever I read Hockey for Dummies, I usually, oh wait...I see what she did there.
If you don't like the NHL or just hate hockey, it is OK. You can still enjoy the sights and sounds of a pro hockey game for one reason, ice girls.
I really need to learn how to skate so I can one day join the ice girls on the ice. I could be the zamboni driver.
Who wants to go to Dallas with me when the NHL season actually begins? Anyone? Candace will be there.