The NHL lockout is a fact of life in the United States.
Mainstream American sports fans know that the NHL has locked out its players and that there will not be any games played in NHL arenas or on their televisions.
But the NFL season is in the homestretch, the college bowl season is around the corner and the NBA is in full swing, so that means that American sports fans are coping and surviving.
But in Canada, it's another story. The lockout is impacting hockey fans, the Canadian economy and the overall mood of the nation.
Hockey is Canada. Canada is hockey.
That's not saying our neighbor to the north won't continue to go about its business, but when there is no NHL, Canadian fans are hurting badly.
Here are the six reasons why the NHL lockout is hurting Canada much more than the United States.