NHL Lockout 2012: What Hockey Fans Can Look Forward To This November

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 20: Fans show their feelings regarding the NHL lockout as the Florida Gators take on the Villanova Wildcats in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Gaylord Entertainment Center on March 20, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee. Villanova defeated Florida 76-65.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The mood surrounding the 2012 NHL lockout managed to get even more depressing on Friday with news that the league will cancel all games scheduled for the month of November.

What a shame.

NHL star turned analyst, Jeremy Roenick, wrapped up all of our reactions in a single tweet on Friday:

Seriously Roll your sleeves up and get into the board room until a deal is done usat.ly/U1Mt4O #lockoutproblems #wakeup

— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) October 26, 2012


For now it seems the NHL is in no rush to get a deal done, and therefore hockey fans should be turning their attention to the wide array of sports November has to offer.

Let's take a look at what hockey fans can look forward to this coming month.


KHL, AHL and Other Hockey Leagues

Of course, the best way to quench your thirst for hockey is hockey. And between all of the nonstop KHL, AHL and Swiss National League action going on this fall, NHL fans have plenty of hockey to check in on while they await a new CBA. 

Many of the NHL's superstars are playing overseas, including Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk. Hockey fans can stream some of the best matchups live and follow their favorite players.

The AHL is also a solid option for hockey fans looking to enjoy a North American product. 


BCS National Championship Race

College Football's BCS race will be heating up this November, as teams like Alabama and Oregon look to stay perfect and ultimately earn a trip to the title game. 

The drama of college football in November is must-see television. Seasons and legacies are on the line weekend after weekend and upsets are unavoidable. Hockey fans who live for the late-season playoff push will instantly fall in love with college football's version. 

The drama is every bit as enjoyable as the NHL's. 


NFL Sundays

Sundays don't get much better than in the month of November. The NFL season is in full swing and the the day is loaded with a handful of games to choose from.

Some matchups mean more than others, but rarely does the NFL go a weekend without entertaining, surprising or thrilling its fans and viewers. Hockey fans can appreciate the physicality and toughness NFL stars put on display every weekend.

Although the NFL lacks the finesse and goals that hockey boasts, it does feature plenty of pads and helmets. 


UFC 154

On November 17, disgruntled NHL fans can treat themselves to the UFC's version of a hockey fight in Montreal. 

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will make his much-anticipated return to the octagon to take on challenger Carlos Condit at the Bell Centre for the main event of UFC 154. St-Pierre has won nine consecutive UFC fights but hasn't fought in 18 months. 

Although neither guy will serve time in the penalty box, hockey fans will likely appreciate the one-on-one battle more than the average sports fan.


NBA Tip Off 

NBA fans can certainly sympathize with hockey fans during this fall's devastating NHL lockout. Just last year basketball fans were struggling to come to grips with the the NBA lockout, which thankfully ended shortly after Thanksgiving. 

With no NHL on the schedule this November, what better time than season tipoff for hockey fans to discover the NBA and all of its superstars? 

Basketball is very similar to hockey, though much less physical. Both games are fast and entertaining, only big hits and slap shots come in the form of slam dunks and long-range jump shots in the NBA.

Still, hockey and basketball share the same arenas, fans and seasons. You can't say the same for most other sports.


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