Five Reasons People Still Laugh at the NHL

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Five Reasons People Still Laugh at the NHL
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We are only two weeks into the regular season, but there has already been enough controversy to fill the back pages of newspapers (and blogs!) for an entire season.  The NHL has been trying to expand their audience for as long as I can remember, but a closer look reveals that most of the time they are their own worst enemy. 

The state of the game itself is great.  We have never seen so much young, exciting talent in the league than right now.  The new rules have helped open it up to allow for more skating and skilled players.  And the league is coming off one of it's most successful seasons to date. 

So why do people still laugh when you ask them to take the sport seriously?

I've highlighted five reasons that are killing the credibility of the game and leaving both die-hard and casual fans shaking their collective heads.

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