While we do not yet know for sure if there will be a lockout and if there happens to be one we don’t know how long it will last, but signs are certainly pointing to the season not starting on time. Life will always go on without hockey, and I firmly believe that many people could use a break from it all to realize there is so much more to life than hockey.
However, if there is a lockout, some weeks without hockey could get dull especially with the grind of a long work or school week. A little hockey can make stress go away.
Some people seem to think that an NHL lockout takes that away. A lot of hockey fans are angry thinking hockey will be taken from them, but this can be looked at as an opportunity to test your fandom to see how much you are willing to get hockey in your life when you do need a fix.
It is actually easier than it sounds when you start to think about it. There are so many other hockey leagues out there in the US and Canada. Then there’s always high school and college hockey. There’s even hockey in Europe if feeds are online.
Living the hockey life isn’t only about sitting down and watching an NHL game on tv every night. That’s the easy way out!
If you do not own the book “The Pursuit of Hockeyness: 99 Things Every Hockey Fan Needs to Do Before They Die,” I highly suggest that you go out and buy a copy if possible.
The list is 99 things of course, but even with a lockout you can accomplish at least 65 (probably even more if you manipulate some of the things.)
In a perfect ideal world, we could get a group of people set to do this and also set out to add new items to extend the list. I’m willing to have a little faith that that may be possible.
Think of it this way: Everyone is going to be dealing with a lockout if there is one and we all come from different areas and live in different social situations. The lists and ideas we could come up with have the possibility of being fantastic.
If that never happens, I hope that you guys at least try to do this on your own time with some family and friends. Get out there and really experience hockey for once. Play the game, watch some films and videos, read some books, learn your history. There are so many things to do when you just need a little hockey in your life.
If you’re interested in sharing your list and making this a group effort, feel free to email me: email@example.com
And hey, if there happens to be an NHL season, you can do all 99 things so it’s a win win!