Like a succulent slice of pizza, a dazzling hockey highlight is its most appreciable when it is oven fresh and delivered with a familiar brand and emblem.
The NHL lockout has forced fans to settle for an inferior treat by taking to YouTube and seeing hours-old clips of their favorite players performing in strange attire. Players seeking extramural game action who are unable to find it in the AHL have gone elsewhere, one ocean or another away from their normal fanbases.
As a consequence, there is no chance for those fanbases to assemble at an arena, a sports bar, dorm basement or living room and absorb the newest elite plays as they happen. They must instead settle for going online to see snippets of a performance given and filmed from a half-world’s distance.
Do not even try to put forth the notion that that is better than nothing. The more NHL fans see any of these top 20 clips from the KHL or other European league, the more they ought to be craving world-class hockey’s return to North America.