Of late, the National Hockey League has almost been like the forgotten child of American sports. While the NFL, MLB, and NBA have received lots of attention, the NHL has sat there on the side being thankful for any mention.
This could all change come next fall when the new hockey season starts up again. With labor problems in both the NBA and NFL, and a new TV contract right around the corner, the NHL could become the new popular kid in school.
This slideshow features five reasons why the NHL is in for some added viewers.
Feel free to comment below and add your own reasons.