Hockey is not the most popular sport in the United States. It normally plays second fiddle to football, baseball and basketball.
But many Americans have been able to enjoy the great sport via the NHL.
Just think about the game for a second. It requires endurance as players have to skate around in full gear that weighs about 20-25 pounds, and even more if the player is a goalie.
The game requires technique. Players need to be able to send and receive accurate passes. They need to shoot the puck into just inches of open goal space. And just being able to skate is hard, but try starting and stopping, or try skating backwards and then sprinting forwards.
Of course, there is the physicality of the game. Players bash each other into walls, or take out their legs. And when checking does not do the job, hockey is the only major sport that encourages players to take their gloves off and show everyone what they are really made of.
This is such an amazing game, but fans will likely have to live without it for a season, and here are a few reasons why.