With the NHL’s current news cycle all but encompassed with increasingly grim labor developments, it is time to take the advice of the Cheers theme song and give hockey fans a break from all their worries.
Much has been made of the fact that the ongoing 2012 lockout, combined with two preceding lockouts and a brief players’ strike, is the league’s fourth work stoppage in the past 20 years. However, each of those first three stalemates subsided and ultimately yielded an abundance of decidedly positive on- and off-ice stories.
At some point, the 2012 NHL lockout will likewise be resolved, and 30 fresh sheets will be open to more stories that will universally endear the sport to its established and prospective fanbases.
While everyone waits for that, here is a chronological glance back at the NHL’s 20 best comebacks, milestones and ideal displays of humanity from the last two decades.