The National Hockey League is a North American professional hockey league that has franchises in both the U.S. and Canada. Hockey is the national sport of Canada, so it is no surprise that the league was formed in Montreal in 1917. The first 25 years of the league were marred by financial difficulties, and the league that was 10 teams was reduced to six by 1942. The next 25 years became known as the “Original Six” era and was the most important time in the league’s history.
Now the NHL is comprised of 30 teams, 24 in the U.S. and six in Canada. The league is often viewed as the fourth most popular sport in North America behind the NBA, MLB and the NFL. Despite that, teams in major cities and Canada are among the best selling tickets on the secondary market especially during playoff time. Like any other sport, NHL’s championship round, the Stanley Cup, is the most popular event in hockey.
The Nashville Predators are stepping up to help their community during its time of need. In partnership with Bridgestone Arena and the Ford Ice Centers, the Predators organization has donated $2.7 million to local tornado and pandemic relief funds. Tennessee has been dealt a difficult last six weeks when... Read more
There remains no certain answer if the NHL will resume its operations, though if it does, officials are looking to put a higher priority on completing regular season games before playoffs. Hockey’s many scenarios for resuming play are changing daily as officials get new information on the coronavirus pandemic.... Read more
Hockey season remains in limbo for the time being, but the Nashville Predators are hoping to address concerns of season ticket owners. The team announced the various ways they are helping aid those financially impacted by the pandemic, including a range of payment methods. Predators season ticket holders have... Read more
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has shared his outlook for resuming the 2019-20 season, though many uncertainties remain. Speaking with sportscaster Mike Tirico on NBCSN’s “Lunch Talk Live” Tuesday, Bettman offered his take on the league’s current hiatus and possible return. He remains primarily optimistic about completing the paused season... Read more
To eliminate traveling upon its potential return, the NHL is reportedly considering various neutral sites to house games. Hockey insiders have pinpointed North Dakota and New Hampshire in particular as possible locations for the remainder of the disrupted season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Grand Forks, North Dakota could... Read more
Since suspending the NHL season earlier this month, league insiders have maintained a strong desire to complete regular season games and award the Stanley Cup. Now, the possibility is becoming more likely with officials eyeing the summer months as an adjusted timeframe to finish competition. Evolving coronavirus cautionary measures... Read more
The coronavirus pandemic may have temporarily halted all sports teams from competing, but is not slowing down construction of new venues. NHL Seattle, the league’s newest expansion team, is seeing its future home arena continue to undergo planning despite its location in one of the most infected areas of... Read more
With hockey season suspended for the time being as the country grapples with the coronavirus crisis, the NHL draft, combine and awards have all been postponed in response. The league announced Wednesday that the June events will now take place at a later date, which are yet to be... Read more
The NHL does not yet have a definitive answer for when, or how, it will resume its now-suspended season. However, the league is beginning to roll out its options for resuming play. A new Q&A form was released March 23 to offer some insight into the league’s paused operations,... Read more
Up until recently, the biggest mystery in the NHL surrounded the league’s newest expansion team in Seattle. Now, the team is holding off announcing major details as the NHL deals with a suspended season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. NHL Seattle was on track to reveal its official... Read more