Last Saturday was the 10-week mark of the evaporation of the NHL’s previous CBA and the resultant beginning of the ongoing lockout. This Friday will mark exactly 10 weeks since NHL teams would have convened for training camp had a replacement CBA been installed.
Amidst the exponentially agonizing wait for normalcy to return to hockey’s top circuit, puckheads have been able to find solace elsewhere in the sport.
Locked-out players have reached out to their supporters in creative and charitable ways and NHL franchises have secured long-term existence in their current market, while others have helped to promote interest in their fledgling female equivalents.
Meanwhile, amateur leagues and at least some annual rituals have gone on without interruption. Or, in some cases of cancellation, parties who would have been involved have defiantly taken alternative routes to keep stoking interest in the sport.
Naturally, all enthusiasts want the NHL’s labor stalemate resolved in a hurry, but there have still been appreciable hockey headlines through the first 10 weeks of what should have been the preseason and regular season.
The best stories are recounted as follows in chronological order.