I’ve always been fascinated by NYC, since I was a kid and my Dad told me about visiting it coming back from WW2. Today and through the rest of this week, the fate of hockey’s finest league may be decided and if its anything like last night it’ll be theatre worthy of Broadway.
The cast is well known to us, but the plot bubbles and boils with mind blowing possibilities. How often have we–and I mean really, how often–seen an enterprise as mammoth as the NHL go to the brink? What happens most often is an advance in technology levels an industry–the Globe and Mail employed calligraphers as late as the 1970′s (my friend’s Dad was one of the last)–and then the world shuffles the deck and we move on.
Imagine the possibilities–we could see a Canadian Hockey League by fall, or a 100-team league with several tiers ala Euro football–and of course there’s a chance they put it all back together and the NHL flies in two weeks.
There have been few times in my experience as a fan when so many things seem possible. I find myself wondering why CNN isn’t covering this–at some level this has the chance to be historically significant.
As I write this, Canada has lost to the USA (5-1) and the Russians are down 2-1 to Sweden in the third. Nuge did not play hero today, and despite an assist on the Russian goal Nail Yakupov has been part of the problem for the home side during the last two weeks.
By the weekend, the scores and names will be written in the history books, but there’s a good chance some of the things that happened in Ufa will remain with the Nuge and Yakupov. That is the nature of the sport: WJ’s is a lot about lore.