What, if anything, does NHL lockout mean for minor hockey?
There’s still plenty of hockey to watch over the next six months, maybe just not of the NHL variety. Some people think this will be a boon to minor and junior hockey, but that wasn’t exactly what happened the last time around. Minor hockey fans are primarily parents and junior hockey fans follow when their home team wins or if it’s the only game in town as it is in places like London, Ontario.
This is definitely not the end of the hockey world, but it also certainly can’t help the NHL. Die-hard NHL hockey fans will just keep going to games (with sad Leafs fans being an obvious case in point as they follow a perennial loser). However, the lockout will not attract the casual (i.e. American) fans the NHL so dearly covets. Regardless, I have lots of hockey to enjoy as my soon-to-be overflowing calendar will attest to.