If you have not watched a hockey game this season, jump on-board quickly because this truly remarkable season is coming to an abrupt end as the LA Kings lead 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The New York Rangers came back from behind, down 3-1 against Pittsburgh, to get themselves into the eastern conference finals. In the western conference, NHL fans witnessed the LA Kings create a miracle in playoff fashion, “becoming only the fourth team in NHL history to win a series after losing the first three games.”
The NHL brings plenty of excitement to some of the biggest cities across the US and Canada but for some reason “has always been a distant No.4 behind the NFL, NBA and MLB.” Unlike most years, this year has had an increased viewership of 57% for the NHL, and is the highest it has been since 1994. The last time was 20 years ago when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup. How ironic.
The 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Trailer
But what is special about the NHL? Unlike, the NFL, NBA, MLB, and even NASCAR, the NHL does not devote a lot of time to the sport’s fanfare. It wasn’t until this year in Montreal’s playoff game that we witness such an extravagant intro for a hockey game 12 minutes before the puck dropped. “The NHL still has a long way to go to reach the popularity that the NFL, MLB, and NBA have reached, but remains wildly different in a way that should be appreciated by everyone. At the end of the day, the game is played for fans to watch it.”
An NHL fan doesn’t go or watch the 82 season games for the spectacle. They are not there for the Ice Girls, nor do they care who’s famous sitting in the crowd and they are definitely not interested in any commercials. They devote their time and attention to each and every minute of the action-packed 60-minute games. It is about getting as up close and personal with the game. It’s non-stop, brutal play, set within an intense atmosphere that produces truly die-hard fans.
Tune in now because the finals are here. Don’t worry about becoming a ‘bandwagon fan,’ just help bring the NHL to the top in sports because it will have you on the edge of your seat holding your breath until the whistle blows.
Watch the videos below to see how NY and LA hockey fans have celebrated as their teams have triumphed along the path to the Stanley Cup Finals!
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