NHL Ruining Excitement of Opening Night with European Games?

August 23rd, 2010 by Kyle W. Brown Leave a reply »
Home openers. They are what every true fan looks forward to, no matter the sport or level of competition.

They signify the start of the new season, with excitement and anticipation high. No matter what the outlook of the season seems to be, your team still has a chance to make something happen. Fans can see the new players on the team first-hand.

They are usually a guaranteed sellout, and the city is brimming with electricity for the beginning of the season.

That's why it's great that popular teams like Boston, San Jose, and Minnesota get to play their home opener...overseas!

The NHL has decided that its European games, aimed to increase awareness and bring more popularity to the league, must take place at the beginning of the season.

This is an idea that really does not make sense to me.

I understand that critics will say that it's important to have games in Europe, and I completely agree. But the amount of games being played there is beginning to get a bit ridiculous. This season will now feature six games in Europe: "Home and homes" between Carolina & Minnesota, Boston & Phoenix, and San Jose & Colum ...

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