The long awaited 2005-2006 NHL season is set to kick off tonight and all 30 teams are in action. The hockey pool drafts are over, the mundane pre-season action has ended for good and the greatest sport in the world is set to go. NHL hockey is a distant memory to most of us and I for one am thrilled to be able to relax, crack open a beer and enjoy some NHL action again.
I have ‘come back’ to the NHL, but I never really left. Montrealers will be watching RDS tonight and probably tuning in to the other networks during commercial just to get their hockey fix. The real test will be in the United States and small market teams. Will they come back? Were they ever really there?
The NHL blasts off with all 30 teams playing tonight including many divisional rivalries kicking off their 8 game series.
- Leafs vs Sens
- Habs vs Bruins
Sidney Crosby makes his long anticipated debut. The rookie talent pool this year is perhaps the deepest ever. The season will hold many surprises that is certain. The Montreal Canadiens for good or bad, have the highest expectations placed on them in a long time. Let’s hope they live up to their potential.