These statistics tell only part of the story, as does the continued investment into these sports on the professional, collegiate, high school and youth league levels from heavy hitters like TV networks, top brands and advertisers.
I remember one time I worked a game in Los Angeles where I kept going to the non-congested areas with the best angle of the slot and net. Inevitably, I bumped into Wayne Gretzky as he arrived at the same spot.
Hockey is an emotional game, especially in the playoffs. Nevertheless, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle the emotions. One thing a player can never do, however, is use physical force against an official.
Another Stanley Cup playoff night has passed, and there's another headshot and impending suspension to discuss. Once again, the NHL will pay lip service to taking a "tough" stand on the type of hits that are a blight on the game.
These are numbers you might expect in the Stanley Cup Finals, not the Conference Finals. In these two games, the Rangers have already eclipsed the average the New Jersey Devils had in the Stanley Cup Finals back in 2012.
Before the current Stanley Cup playoffs started, I predicted that Rule 69 (Goaltender Interference) was going to be a trouble spot in the postseason. It didn't take a psychic to successfully make that prediction.
When people complain about the "subpar" officiating in the NHL, I always tell them to look first at the coaching and instructions the officials receive. The NHL Rule Book is a messy, poorly written document.
The Knicks are one of the most profitable teams in the NBA, as they had the average ticket price on the secondary market this season. With the amount of revenue even two playoff games would have created, Madison Square Garden is likely losing out without the Knicks in the playoffs.
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"I ain't taking you to watch no hockey game with that cap on." The cab driver nodded in the rearview mirror at Mike's Blackhawks ball cap.
Campbell played on a broken leg for over a minute. Brave, gutsy, courageous are words that should come to mind. Not dumb and stupid.
Since Gary Bettman took office in 1993, no other major sports league has been as self-destructive as the NHL.
The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs made the NHL Playoffs Kevin Federline was a thing. So was Ed Hardy. Ugh.
It will be interesting to see the impact on local fans if the Kings are able to win the Stanley Cup. It may jumpstart hockey popularity. But don't be disappointed if Southern Californians don't take to the streets en masse to celebrate.
There is still time to brush up on your hockey knowledge if you're a novice, or explore the game more in depth if you're a longtime fan with some books at your local library.