Many NHL fans continue to hope they will be proven wrong about their perception that the league and/or player’s association is pushing them into the trunk, if not out of the van altogether.
While a week, dense with negotiations continues, the lockout continues indefinitely. If it is mercifully ended in the near future, though, maybe the sport’s quintessential league can do something about proving others wrong in other areas.
Naturally, the NHL will surely have a little reparation to do with its established fans no matter how much of the 2012-13 season is ultimately lost. Afterwards, though, a sense of normalcy should be back in full swing as the league brings hockey back to its usual seasonal spots across the North American media and public eye.
Once there, or even beforehand, it will be a good time to address some of the sport’s top misconceptions, whether they are harbored by established fans, prospective fans or disparagers.
Even now, as the game banks on minor professional, junior and collegiate leagues to keep stoking the interest fire in this so-far NHL-free autumn, we might as well begin to set the record straight on the four least defensible complaints against hockey.