5 Reasons to Support the AHL During the Lockout

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5 Reasons to Support the AHL During the Lockout
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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle - Okla. City Barons (EDM)

With the NHL Lockout pushing into it's third month, the reality is that we may lose our second NHL season in eight years. 

While troubling, it should be seen as an opportunity for avid hockey fans to expand their horizons into new sources of hockey. 

Christmas time is actually one of the best times of the year for non-NHL hockey with the World Junior Championships kicking off the day after Christmas. There are also ample NCAA contests to attend if there is a program in your backyard. 

There also is the American Hockey League, the place to find many young NHLers from last season in action. With the NHL in hibernation, the AHL is probably the most accessible level of hockey for many fans. 

Here are five reasons to support the AHL while the NHL decides how best to alienate the fans. 

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