As another hockey season quickly approaches, many fans have been wondering what 2011-12 will bring. Will Sidney Crosby return to form? Will the Boston Bruins be able to repeat their championship performance? Will Montreal Canadiens fans finally realize that they're not watching soccer and end that annoying "Ole" chant? These are all tough questions to which we can only guess the answers.
Fortunately, there are a number of constants that we'll likely see in the upcoming year. Just as we expect Don Cherry to rant incoherently each Saturday night, we should also look forward to the following "givens" this season.