The onset of cooler weather is a sure reminder that the NHL preseason is upon us. As players return from their favorite destinations around the world to their respective team's home city, the anticipation begins mounting for the upcoming season.
For die-hard hockey fans, it's a welcome respite from the hum-drum activities of the warmer months that are hardly as exciting to follow as the almighty puck on the ice. Baseball has its rightful place in sports and has its fair share of die-hard fans, but going from hockey season to baseball season is akin to changing from the express lane on the freeway to the geriatric lane.
While it may be easy to dismiss the NHL training camp and preseason as a relatively immaterial event, I would submit that it actually has a value-added role to play as a part of the overall season.
So, here are 11 reasons preseason games are important to every team.